Hussein Ibish: the Zionist-Enabler/Zionised Intellectual

[Ikhras Note: We found this response to Hussein Ibish after he wrote the article in which he explains why he’s not a Zionist.  We’re reproducing it below.  Notice how Ibish is described at the very outset.  Ikhras was the first to coin the term, but it seems to be gaining traction.]

House Arab, Hussein Ibish (Senior Research Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine) insists he is neither a collaborator nor a Zionist, in his piece: “No, Of Course I’m Not” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/11/still-not-a-zionist.html : 

“Since the emergence of the one-state movement, I’ve been routinely described by the pro-Palestinian far right and ultra-left as a “Zionist,” and even a “traitor” and “collaborator,” because I remain committed to ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.”

But then he proceeds to prove exact opposite by:

disparaging the one-state solution

“For some, the term “Zionist” is simply a useful pejorative to attack the reputation of Arabs who seek peace, or who deviate from the increasingly intolerant one-state dogma.”

insinuating that non-Jews can’t be Zionists:

“So, of course I’m not a “Zionist.” Whether or not to define oneself as a Zionist is really an issue for those who identify themselves as Jewish.”

arguing that Zionism does not equal racism and injustice

“However, as many Jews of varying backgrounds and perspectives have demonstrated, one can be staunchly pro-Israel, and in that sense “Zionist,” without supporting occupation, settlements or racism against Palestinians.”

calling for our “understanding” and “respect” for Zionism as an ideology and political  identity

“Zionism remains the dominant Jewish national narrative, and this narrative can and should be understood, by others, especially in the interests of peace. All present-day national narratives and identities are ultimately based on fantasies about the past, present and future. From a historical, intellectual and philosophical perspective they are as firm and fixed as children’s sandcastles. But they serve the immediate needs, aspirations and yearnings of their constituencies and, as political realities, they must be respected, despite their well-concealed hollowness.”

These and other excerpts from his article (not to mention his other utterances and work in general) expose Ibish’s attempts to not merely normalize Israel as a state, but Zionism as an ideology. If we are to take the standard definition of Zionism, or the “lowest common denominator” of most definitions of Zionism as Gideon Shimoni terms it—the Jewish right to national self-determination in Eretz Israel—then Ibish at very minimum represents a Zionist-enabler, if not an outright Zionised [and not merely colonized] intellectual, in light of his above rationalization of Zionism. 

  2 comments for “Hussein Ibish: the Zionist-Enabler/Zionised Intellectual

  1. Mhadeed123
    April 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    If you guys are really sincere, why don’t you condemn Hezbollah for it’s deafening silence on its allies in Afghanistan and Iraq who rode into power on American tanks.  If Hezbollah makes takhween of the entire Syrian opposition, then why was it hosting “thuwar Nato” in Beirut, the likes of Chalabi and Ja’fari?!

    • August 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      there’s no need to be a regular reaedr of my blog to know what I have been writing is you. U can fool many ignorants, but as what you said about the internet, many now know that it is haters like you who are spreading hate against Muslims.Go back to your hate hole, doc. And also, be original and stop using nicks others have used b4.

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