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The Jewish Chronicle’s war of words against Palestinians and their supporters

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28.10.2020

Believe it or not, the Jewish Chronicle hasn’t always looked increasingly like a racist, anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim rag. Under the ownership of Asher Myers and Israel Davis between 1878 and 1906, in fact, the paper even had an anti-Zionist period. This was not as unusual as some readers may think. In that era, and for decades after, Zionism was a very small minority trend in European Jewish communities.

In fact there is a good case to be made that political Zionism’s origins are more “Christian” than “Jewish”. It was only once British planners hit upon the notion of Zionism’s utility to imperialism in Western Asia that the movement’s true rise began, and it was under the tutelage of the British Empire that many of the leaders of the Zionist movement in Palestine got their start.

Indeed, many of the people behind the Zionist militias began their training in the British Army during World War One, or in Britain’s “Special Night Squads”, which were basically death squads formed to repress the 1936 Palestinian insurgency against the British Mandate occupation and Zionist colonialism. A Jewish Infantry Brigade was part of the British Army during World War Two, recruited from Jews who had already migrated to Palestine. Many went on to serve in the nascent Israel Defence Forces.

Today, the largest pro-Israel group by membership in America seems to be John Hagee’s Christians United For Israel (CUFI). The group currently claims to have more than six million members. While that figure may be questionable (only a few years ago it claimed to have two million) there’s no doubt that CUFI has a large........

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