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Hebrew University - Dimitry Shumsky (Dept of History) - Promotes the Bi-National State to Replace Evil Ungrateful Israel

Apparently, Shumsky lives in his own Never Never Land composed of historical theories and analogies of life for Jews where the real existential threat to Jews plays no role. Shumsky is, most interestingly, an Ashkenazic Jew whose family came from the Soviet Union, which adds particular cynicism to his phony historical analysis of why Israel, the Jewish state, needs replacing by a binational state. The Jewish state gave a homeland to his family, Jews from Russia. Shumsky is clearly no Anatoly Sharansky, who sat in a Soviet prison for the right to live in Israel.

His recent article in Ha'Aretz calls Israel to task for bothering the poor Turks by interdicting the Mavi Marmara on its way to Gaza. He declares how much Israel and the Jews owe Turkey today for the Ottomans providing a refuge from Christian persecution as far back as 1492. Of course if Erdogan had been in power back then…

Shumsky makes it clear that he doesn't want the Jewish state … at all. To that end, he promotes the binational state which might explain his being an apologist for Turkey and other allies of the "Palestinians."

"Let both Jewish Israelis and Palestinian-Arab Israelis launch a movement to fight for the definition of Israel as a state of both nationalities…"

Ah, but talking about a Federation sounds so nice and all Kumbaya touchy-feely, especially at places filled with Jewish Diaspora adolescents such as at the University of Texas Hillel, where Shumsky lectured on his revolutionary ideas for "peace" (some might call capitulation).

Shumsky would have us believe the Arabs were dealt a raw deal when Israel was created:

"Luckily for Zionism, a sovereign Arab state did not arise in place of the Ottoman Empire. Instead the Arab territories were severed by the Western powers into separate countries in a process that strengthened tribe loyalties and deepened the cultural alienation among different Arab populations, creating or shaping new Arab national identities based on local territory."

He continues, "In this context, it's understandable that the Palestinians -- who did not reject the justified Israeli demands that Arab countries compensate Jewish refugees -- do not accept the comparison between Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Palestinian refugees from the Land of Israel/ Palestine." (Like the Arabs have seriously offered to compensate Jews for lost property in Iraq, in Egypt, in Lebanon, etc.).

SO there are kosher refugees in need of reparations, meaning Arabs, and unkosher refugees deserving nothing, meaning Jews.

 

 

 

From Russia with No Love: Hebrew University's Dimitry Shumsky (Dept of Jewish History) Promotes the Bi-National State to Replace Evil Ungrateful Israel

By Lee Kaplan, www.IsraCampus.org.il
3/3/2014

His C.V. reads "[Dimitry] Shumsky is a lecturer in Israel Studies and modern nationalism at Hebrew University where he is on a Tenure-Track appointment in the Department of History of the Jewish People. His research interests include socio-cultural, intellectual, and political history of modern nationalism; and Zionism and Israeli society, with particular emphasis placed upon the transfer of cultural concepts, ideological frames, and patterns of political thought from the multiethnic regions of Central and Eastern Europe to Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine, as well as to the State of Israel. A major focus of his studies is the post-imperial cultural and ideological legacies within the Jewish nationalism(s) in the aftermath of the Habsburg, Tsarist, and Soviet Empires collapses, and the place and impact of these legacies in the forging of Jewish nationalisms' perceptions on citizenship, ethnicity, nationhood, and minority rights."

Apparently, Shumsky lives in his own Never Never Land composed of historical theories and analogies of life for Jews where the real existential threat to Jews plays no role. Shumsky is, most interestingly, an Ashkenazic Jew whose family came from the Soviet Union, which adds particular cynicism to his phony historical analysis of why Israel, the Jewish state, needs replacing by a binational state. The Jewish state gave a homeland to his family, Jews from Russia. Shumsky is clearly no Anatoly Sharansky, who sat in a Soviet prison for the right to live in Israel.

Shumsky in his articles (most of which appear in the leftist propaganda sheet that is Ha'Aretz) discusses "dual nationalities" of the Jewish people whose persecution he compares with the persecution (by Jews) of "Palestinians," going all the way back before 1948.

His recent article in Ha'Aretz calls Israel to task for bothering the poor Turks by interdicting the Mavi Marmara on its way to Gaza. He declares how much Israel and the Jews owe Turkey today for the Ottomans providing a refuge from Christian persecution as far back as 1492. Of course if Erdogan had been in power back then…..

Quoting Shumsky:

"After the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara sailed as part of the flotilla to Gaza, the level of Israeli hostility to Turkey was similar to the level of ignorance in everything having to do with the shared past of the Turks and the Jews... After all, what do we know about the Turks and the Jews other than the fact that the Turks once ruled the Land of Israel and had the gall to refuse to hand it over to Herzl? The reconciliation that is taking shape between Israel and Turkey is a good opportunity to close gaps in the Israeli collective memory about the meetings between the Turkish and Jewish nations on the stage of history."

He continues, "...the Ottoman Empire was a safe haven for Jewish refugees from Christian Europe. In 1541, it took in the Jews who were expelled from Bohemia and Moravia. In 1555, it took in Italian Jews who left Italy when papal restrictions were tightened, such as the prohibition on going into the streets outside the ghetto on Sundays and Christian holidays. In 1593, it took in the survivors of the Bucharest massacre, which was orchestrated by the Romanian prince Michael the Brave. In 1688, it took in Jews from Hungary after the Austrians took Buda. During the 19th century and early 20th century, it took in many Jews from the new Christian countries such as Greece, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, whose establishment and expansion went hand-in-hand with persecutions, riots, expulsions and ethnic cleansing of Muslim and Jewish populations alike. In 1881, 1884, 1892 and 1903 it took in Jews from czarist Russia, who fled to Istanbul en masse to escape the pogroms."

Why not express special gratitude for the Philistines taking in Isaac in the Bible?

As for the Mavi Marmara, it was not a Turkish national project but part of an armada put together by the terrorist-supporting International Solidarity Movement led by Huwaida Arraf and organized by American and European anarchists working under guidance from Hamas. Its passengers also included part of the Al Qaeda-linked IHH charity that tried to kill IDF soldiers. This was the eighth time the ISM sailed boats to Gaza in order to break Israel's naval blockade to prevent the Hamas importation of weapons by sea. You remember Hamas? That terrorist organization whose charter calls not only for obliterating Israel by wiping out every last Jew in the world? The organization that imported missile components from Iran by sea in order to shoot at Israeli kindergartens?

Previous "flotillas" had been interdicted by the Israeli navy so the ISM decided they needed a national presence on this eighth one to make an international incident out of Israel defending itself. Shumsky demands "reconciliation" between Turkey and Israel that includes Israel apologizing to the Turks for the Turks having been troubled by their attack on IDF soldiers. He also wants Israel to pay reparations to the families of the jihadis killed in self-defense by the IDF.

Shumsky makes it clear that he doesn't want the Jewish state … at all. To that end, he promotes the binational state which might explain his being an apologist for Turkey and other allies of the "Palestinians."

Quoting Shumsky again:

"Let both Jewish Israelis and Palestinian-Arab Israelis launch a movement to fight for the definition of Israel as a state of both nationalities... Two main things are wrong with the Supreme Court's decision to dismiss the petition of Israelis who sought to have their nationality listed on their ID cards as Israeli, not Jewish. First, the Supreme Court was wrong to claim that there was no proof of a uniquely Israeli people. Not only is there a living and thriving Israeli nationality, there are two: the Jewish Israeli one and the Palestinian-Arab Israeli one. The members of each nationality see themselves as belonging to one of two larger national groups outside Israel — the Jewish nation (or people) in the Diaspora, and the Palestinian-Arab nation (or people) scattered throughout the Middle East and beyond. There is no doubt that the Jewish and Palestinian-Arab national groups in Israel are rooted enough in the local culture that the adjective 'Israeli' could apply to each."

Yes, but terrorists could apply only to one of the two.

Ah, but talking about a Federation sounds so nice and all Kumbaya touchy-feely, especially at places filled with Jewish Diaspora adolescents such as at the University of Texas Hillel, where Shumsky lectured on his revolutionary ideas for "peace" (some might call capitulation).

Shumsky would have us believe the Arabs were dealt a raw deal when Israel was created:

Quoting Shumsky again:

"Luckily for Zionism, a sovereign Arab state did not arise in place of the Ottoman Empire. Instead the Arab territories were severed by the Western powers into separate countries in a process that strengthened tribe loyalties and deepened the cultural alienation among different Arab populations, creating or shaping new Arab national identities based on local territory."

He continues, "In this context, it's understandable that the Palestinians -- who did not reject the justified Israeli demands that Arab countries compensate Jewish refugees -- do not accept the comparison between Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Palestinian refugees from the Land of Israel/ Palestine." (Like the Arabs have seriously offered to compensate Jews for lost property in Iraq, in Egypt, in Lebanon, etc.).

SO there are kosher refugees in need of reparations, meaning Arabs, and unkosher refugees deserving nothing, meaning Jews.

And still more: "Despite absorption difficulties and exclusion at the hands of the Ashkenazi establishment, the immigrant-refugees from Arab states ended up in their national and political homeland. In contrast, the Palestinian refugees have continued their refugee existence in Arab states, both because of rejection by the residents of those states, whose ethnic identities and interests have nothing in common with the Palestinians, and because of their own ongoing connection with their homeland. That being the case, it is best not to blur the reality. In the eyes of Palestinians, Palestine, not other Arab states, is their national homeland – and not just in a symbolic way. It is incumbent upon Israel to recognize that reality, just as it is incumbent upon the Palestinians to recognize the parallel reality that the entire Land of Israel will remain, in the eyes of Jews, their national homeland – and not just symbolically."

In other words, Israel needs to capitulate.

Apparently, Shumsky knows nothing about Israeli history, including how the Jews came and how the Arabs came to "Palestine." He also seems unaware that his beloved "Palestinians" never demanded a state back when Gaza and the West Bank were illegally occupied territories of Egypt and Jordan, from 1948 until 1967.

The PLO and its umbrella of irredentist Arab groups was less a yearning for a homeland than the creation of the most profitable and successful extortion and welfare scam created in the history of the world—and still is. Shumsky even accuses the Ashkenazim Jewry of plotting against the Sephardim and Mizrahi Jews just slightly less than against the Palestinians. This helps preserve his "leftist creds" among Israel's radicals, who talk today of "Arab Jews." Historians should serve a better purpose.

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