Zionism and the Left

Linda Sarsour, the prominent Palestinian-American feminist who rose to fame denouncing President Trump at the Women’s March on Washington, is making liberal Zionists angry. Recently in an interview with The Nation, Sarsour maintained that feminism and Zionism are mutually exclusive, much to shock and dismay of the Upper West Side limousine liberal Jewish women who were there shrieking alongside Sarsour at the same parade.

I was not shocked. No Jew who is sympathetic to the Alt-Right (AR) was shocked. In fact, I am quite happy that this truism has been exposed, or at least brought to the fore. Not necessarily that Feminism and Zionism are mutually exclusive (they are technically not), but that the hard-left feminist movement is thoroughly in bed with the hard-left anti-Zionist and often straight-up Islamist camp that Sarsour so admirably represents.

But it does not end with Sarsour. In fact, it is well established at this point that left-wing activist groups of all different fights have joined the anti-Israel camp. At Columbia University, the BDS movement was endorsed by several radical left-wing student groups, ranging from those fighting for “economic justice” to those standing against “rape culture” and sexual violence. On the racial front, leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement stand arm-in-arm in solidarity against the so-called plight of the Palestinians. There were even Palestinian flags spotted at the protests/riots in Ferguson during the Michael Brown episode. And perhaps the best illustration of this relationship between anti-Zionism and the Left is exemplified by George Soros, the chief villain himself. Soros’ Open Society, likely the greatest left-wing funding machine on the planet, unabashedly funds and drives anti-Israel movements and organizations around the globe.

Linda Sarsour is by no means an anomaly. To the contrary: she is a refreshing reminder of a consistent reality. Consider this protest at Rutgers University, shortly after Trump’s inauguration. The speakers continually reference the racial systems of oppression that people of color must face in the United States, Black Lives Matter, and the need to fight bigotry and hatred. Calls are made for Rutgers to be a sanctuary university for illegal immigrants, and a Muslim girl lectures the US, without any self-awareness, about a history of imperialism, slavery, and slaughter. There is no better advertisement for fascism than watching the crowds passionately chant that the civilization they live in must be destroyed at all costs. Towards the end (around 33:55), a woman from SJP (Student for Justice in Palestine) gets up on the platform and says “Some people wonder what the connection is. I’m here to tell you, that this is not the first time people have been banned from returning to their native homeland based on their ethnicity.” Together with the crowd, they chant “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go!” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”

When I refer “the Left” or “left-wing” groups, I am referring to the conglomerate of factions who are fundamentally defined by their Marxist underpinnings. That is to say, these groups war against the Traditional West, comprised of a set of ideals reflecting the importance and everlasting nature of natural law, tradition, religion, culture, heritage, and peoplehood (or Volksgemeinschaft). Much of the Left of today seeks to break down the barriers that have for millennia separated mankind into groups, distinct groups each with a unique identity and tradition they seek to preserve and perpetuate, instead appealing to concepts of global citizenship among the only real race they acknowledge, the human race. They idealize a worldwide brotherhood of man, unimpeded by false identitarian divisions. They actually seek to implement the dream of John Lennon: “Imagine there’s no countries…”

Aside from fighting against white identity and destiny in all of its manifestations, the Left wages war against Zionism. After all, Zionism is one of the most distinct examples of an identitarian state. It is thus not at all bewildering to see the forces of the Left unite against Zionism. Some are hardcore Palestinian identitarians and nationalists, and some are useful idiots. Just how much the Palestinian nationalists buy into the leftist delusions they exploit is unknown, but it is ultimately irrelevant.

An unfortunate side effect of this reaction to Jewish left-wing activism and double standards on immigration, has been a tendency for the alt right to embrace the rhetoric of Palestinian activists, even using words of the left that are weaponized against their own people. These people are not your friends. They love the invasion of Europe by Islam as much as any far-left white or Jew in the West. Their “anti-colonial” struggle against Jews is marketed as the next in a string of successful campaigns against whitey, such as the fall of apartheid in South Africa and anti-police campaigns in the US on behalf of BLM; they’d watch your civilization burn as soon as they would ours.

For the aforementioned reasons, Zionists and white nationalists ideally would be allies against a common leftist enemy. A few things work to sever this connection, and even turn it into a deep hostility. It is not possible for Jewish and white identitarians to ally because influential think tanks work against common sense foreign policy interests of the US, because mainstream Zionist commentators treat white nationalism as inherently evil and often support multiculturalism in the US, and because many Zionists are married to secular democracy and human rights. It also isn’t possible because the alt right conflates Zionism with global Jewish domination, and suspicion of Jews by some in the movement has gone beyond any reasonable standard of prudence, morphing into an irrational antagonism that precludes any collaboration in any context.

This is something that we would like to address and remedy, both by an internal critique of Zionism and its current dynamics of influence and geopolitics, and also by seriously engaging with the alt right as an adjacent nationalist movement.