By Amany Daghesty
These two ideologies – Wahhabism in Islam and Zionism which is linked primarily to the Jewish religion – may seem like unrelated entities on the surface of it… But these two ideologies are largely responsible for the situation in the Middle East today; a situation that doesn’t just effect the Middle East, but as we’ve seen more and more since 9/11, effects us all. These two ideologies are responsible for and bound up in decades of violence, war, suffering and manipulation.
It couldn’t be denied, even by the most ardent Zionist supporters, that the influence of political Zionism along with many of the actions/policies of the State of Israel have, aside from the long-term oppression of the Palestinian people, contributed massively to the polarisation of the Middle East and the growth of radicalism. Aside from the destructive, toxic effect the creation of the State of Israel had at the point of inception (in Palestine itself, but also via knock-on effect on Lebanon, Syria and other neighbours), a divisive, destructive effect has continued through to the present day.
A longstanding US/Israeli Zionist plan for the redrawing of the Middle East map has been carried out in the last several years by American imperialism, toppling independent governments and stable nations and ultimately seeking the balkanisation and subjugation of Iraq, Syria, Iran and other countries in the region.
The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, also known as the ‘Yinon Plan‘, was the vast strategy composed to ensure Zionist regional superiority via the radical reconfiguration of Israel’s geo-political surroundings through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab nations into smaller and weaker states. The ‘Clean Break‘ strategy also essentially amounted to the same thing. What we have thus far witnessed in Iraq, Syria and Libya can be seen to play into this US-backed Zionist strategy quite clearly; it is particularly relevant to note that Iraq, Syria and Libya were three of the most stable and independent (and non-sectarian) Arab Nationalist states and are now instead three collapsed wastelands waiting to be carved up into pieces.
There’s little question that the Greater Israel project that is Zionism – essentially consisting of the mass migration of Europeans into stolen Arab land – has been a toxic and problematic imposition onto the region; all the more so because the State of Israel has been aggressively propped up, armed and defended by its Western patrons. Something similar can be said of the influence of Wahhabism in the region.
Saudi-funded literature and material has traditionally targeted poorer areas in the Muslim world, such as the poorer parts of countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan or Indonesia, where education infrastructure is limited and there are limited resources. In those cases, Saudi wealth is able to pay for the building or upkeep of schools or mosques – but on the condition that their Wahhabi-centered interpretation of Islam is taught and distributed. As a result of this process taking place over many years, scores of young men grow up on this extremist interpretation of Islam, because it’s forced on them and they lack access to more sophisticated education or information.
The uneducated remain unaware of the religious poison fed by Wahhabism. It was traditionally less common for this sort of Wahhabi-centered indoctrination to take place in more developed or sophisticated Arab countries like Gaddafi’s Libya, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, or pre-war Iraq. This is partly because those were all strong, independent societies, which – at the state level, at least – were more invested in a sense of national pride and cultural identity than they were in religious fundamentalism.
Islamic societies are historically perceived as having been intellectually and even scientifically enlightened at a time when Christianity in the West was characterised by inquisitions, torture, mass persecutions, execution pyres and utterly ridiculous doctrines and proclamations. Historical accounts tell of the brutality of Christian Crusaders and the comparative nobility of Salahuddin and the Muslim armies. The Islamic world had its ‘enlightenment’ long before the Christian West, despite being a younger religion. At a time when Europeans were burning ‘witches’, the classical Islamic cities of Damascus, Baghdad and Cairo were centers of learning and philosophy.
The slow degradation and polarisation of Islamic societies is something that has only been happening in the last hundred years or so, the slow-acting cancer of Wahhabism has infected all countries even my own Egypt. I conclusively see no difference between Zionism and Wahhabist doctrine, infecting human development in the Middle East.
The Zionist regime of Israel is a “false identity” who’s existence is totally contrary to the teachings of the Torah and God’s commandments, an American rabbi in New York says.
Zionist Jews have “rebelled against God” and are opposed to the true Jewish laws, said Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, who is also an activist and spokesman for the anti-Zionist Haredi Jews.
“Jews are forbidden, according to the Torah, to have one inch of Jewish sovereignty,” Weiss told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.
“Let the world know that we as Jews around the world who are true to the Torah, we cry with the Palestinians, we pray every day for the total and speedy and god help, peaceful dismantlement” of Israel, Weiss contended.
“A Jewish state is something which is impossible, there’s no such thing,” he stated.
A famous American Rabbi who recently said all Muslims are criminals and called for a global genocide against them is a “despicable person” who changed the Kosher laws in his state, Weiss noted.
“This person is not only fighting Muslims, he’s fighting the religious Jews, the ones who are true to the Torah and that is the perfect example what Zionism is all about.”
In a recent sermon, Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, said Muslims were guilty and should be “exterminated.”
The Rabbi fashioned his speech as a sequel to astonishingly racist remarks he made three years ago in which he compared Muslims to Nazis. “They are coming,” he warned at the time.