Faisal Bhabha is an Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and Former Vice-chair, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Faisal Bhabha is also the legal adviser of the National Council and Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the chair of the NCCM National Security Policy Committee.
On January 20, 2021 Faisal Bhabha published on Osgoode’s student newspaper an article titled “Smearing, Silencing and Antisemitism.” Here are excerpts from Bhabha’s article:
“…Zionism was, well into the 20th century, a minority view among the world’s Jews, including most of the Jewish community of Palestine. The brutal outcomes of WWII, including the attempted extermination of European Jewry and the resultant refugee crisis, turned that around. After the war, Zionism came to be widely embraced as necessary for Jewish survival and renewal. After Israel was established in 1948, Zionism became the official ideology of the state.
Notwithstanding its postwar purpose in defining Israel, Zionism never defined Judaism or Jewish people. It is still viewed by many Orthodox Jews as a heresy, and by many left-wing Jews as bourgeois nationalism. Even liberal Jews now openly question Zionism’s moral validity in light of Israel’s inescapable record… Zionism in practice is necessarily about ensuring Jewish supremacy over Palestinians. As a form of ethno-nationalist ideology, it insists upon greater, not equal, rights for Jews in the historical land of Israel/Palestine.
The Zionist goal of Jewish dominance in the Holy Land has been realized and is maintained, but only through violence and discrimination against non-Jews. To say so has nothing to do with hating Jews. It is to accurately describe a reality. Understanding Zionism as systemic oppression makes apparent the parallel to white supremacy. It also highlights Zionism’s inconsistency with purposes of anti-colonialism and anti-racism…. Zionism has dealt with the Palestinians by ignoring them at best, and by forcefully removing them at worst…
To read Bhabha’s article click here
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