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Ten Facts You Did Not Know About Early Zionism

Updated on October 20, 2017

I’ve noticed that many people have been misinformed regarding the early history of Zionism. I think you’ll find lots of surprises in the following list.

1. Historians Jonathan Shneer and James Gelvin have acknowledged that the British leadership supported Zionism in order to persuade American Zionist leaders to push the U.S. into WW I. Here’s a quote from Gelvin’s The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War: “Two of Wilson's closest advisors, Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter, were avid Zionists. How better to shore up an uncertain ally than by endorsing Zionist aims?” Zionist leaders like Samuel Landman admitted their role in entangling the U.S. in war: the best and perhaps the only way (which proved so to be) to induce the American President to come into the War was to secure the co-operation of Zionist Jews by promising them Palestine, and thus enlist and mobilise the hitherto unsuspectedly powerful forces of Zionist Jews in America and elsewhere in favour of the Allies on a quid pro quo contract basis. Thus, as will be seen, the Zionists, having carried out their part, and greatly helped to bring America in, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 was but the public confirmation of the necessarily secret "gentleman's" agreement of 1916

See also: Alison Weir: Findings from the new book "Against Our Better Judgement"

Louis Brandeis
Louis Brandeis

2. Stalin can be considered one of the founding fathers of Israel. He provided crucial support to the nascent state of Israel. Israel received diplomatic support from Stalin’s Russia. Soviet immigration policy favored Israel. Czechoslovakia, under pressure from the Soviets, became Zionist leader Ben Gurion’s main source for arms. Rifles, machine guns, ammunition, and fighter aircraft were supplied to Israel. In 1968 Ben Gurion said these weapons “saved the country”. Some of the Israeli soldiers were given old Nazi uniforms by the Czechs. Not a few Communists considered themselves Zionists. For example, Communist Dalton Trumbo wrote a movie whitewashing Zionist atrocities: the 1960 film Exodus.

3. On July 22, 1946 the Zionist Irgun terrorist organization set off a bomb in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. 91 people were killed, 46 injured. Irgun committed dozens of other acts of terror. Irgun was only one Zionist terrorist organization. Others include Lehi and Haganah.

6. Harry Truman’s daughter, Margaret and others have stated Zionist terrorists tried to assassinate Truman with a letter bomb. This may have influenced his attitude toward Zionists. Truman’s diary July 21, 1947: The Jews, I find are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D[isplaced] P[ersons] as long as the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog. Put an underdog on top and it makes no difference whether his name is Russian, Jewish, Negro, Management, Labor, Mormon, Baptist he goes haywire. I've found very, very few who remember their past condition when prosperity comes.

7. In 2006 The Times of London reported on intelligence files which revealed that both foreign secretary Ernest Bevin and Anthony Eden received letter bombs from Zionist terrorists in 1946. American Defense Secretary James Forrestal may have been assassinated by Zionists.

8. Some Zionists cooperated with the Nazis. Avraham Stern, founder of the Lehi terrorist group also known as the “Stern Gang”, sought an alliance with the Nazis. According to the website True Torah Jews: The Zionists agreed with Nazism in general, even prior to the advent of Nazism. They believed that Jews could not, and should not, live in harmony in any other society in the world, and that should be removed from those societies for the benefit of those societies. They believed that the new Jewish existence in its own State would remake the image of Jews as “useless” and “parasites.” Another quote from True Torah Jews: There is a huge amount of literature describing how the Zionists made it very difficult to save Jews during and after World War II. As various individuals and organizations were trying to arrange departures of Jews to western countries, the Zionists worked overtime to prevent this from happening. They expressed the opinion that building up the Jewish population of Palestine was more important than enabling Jews to go to third countries, and they insisted to western powers that Jews should not be accepted anywhere other than Palestine. Indeed, Yitzchak Greenbaum, a famous Zionist, proclaimed that “one cow in Palestine was worth more than all the Jews in Poland.”

See also: Yitzhak Shamir, Then and Now

9. The Zionist leadership was mostly secular. Theodor Herzl and David Ben-Gurion were atheists. Orthodox Jewish scholar Yeshayahu Leibowitz said Ben-Gurion "hated Judaism more than any other man he had met." Rabbi Yosef Haim Zonnenfeld, the leader of the Orthodox community in Jerusalem, appointed Dr. Yakov DeHahn, to represent his community to the British. They advocated, not an independent state, but an autonomous community under the rule of the British/Arabs. Dr. DeHahn was condemned as a “traitor” by the secular Zionists and was assassinated by the Haganah in June, 1924.

10. Influential Zionist Abba Ahimeir embraced fascism. According to a 1998 Salon magazine article by Christopher Hitchens, during the late 1920s and 1930s Ahimeir wrote a column titled “From the Notebook of a Fascist.” He praised Benito Mussolini.


Maybe the whole Zionist project was a mistake. Wouldn’t it have been more intelligent for Jews to immigrate to the English speaking nations or Brazil – where they were usually welcomed – instead of to Palestine – where they were despised for their brutality?

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