Theodor Herzl believed that one could get rid of Palestinians expediently by "spirit[ing] the penniless across the border by procuring them employment in the transit countries whiles denying them employment in our own [sic!] country. The property owners will come over to our side." Pretty accurate and farsighted, especially the bit about the property owners.
He also thought that Jews would then become "a sector of the wall of Europe against Asia, we shall serve as the outpost of civilization against barbarism."
Obviously "civilization" meant for Herzl above all whiteness and colonialism, that sense of entitlement that justifies remorseless predation of the othered. He sooooo much wanted to be part of the master's household. Groucho Marx quipped that he wouldn't want to belong to any club that accepted people like him as members. Political Zionism was born out of the pathetic sentiment Groucho Marx parodies. The only people Herzl wanted to be accepted by were the people who looked down on him because he was Jewish.
I haven't been to the Museum of Civilization in Quebec Canada, but I wonder what kind of "civilization" is being represented there.
On the coming Monday, the Museum will host a fund raising dinner for the Jewish National Fund. The JNF, as regulars here know, is involved up to its eyballs in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. It manages a large budle of land robbed from Palestinians in 1948. The JNF received the land from the state so that it can discriminate against Palestinians as a "private" charity, while the state can maintain it pretense of equality before the law.
The JNF collects money in Canada for the upkeep of the so-called Canada Park, which is built over three destroyed Palestinian villages ethnically cleansed in 1967, from which 10,000 people guilty of owning land while not being Jewish were expelled. (1967 isn't a typo. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine is not limited to 1948. It is still going on).
The event on monday is a fund raiser for the 'Negev.' The JNF helps the government of Israel "develop" the Negev. "development," like civilization, is a word with some interesting meanings. In Israel it means demolishing houses of Bedouins and building instead new houses for Jews.
Please write to express how civilized you are to:
President and CEO
Canadian Museum of Civilization
see also this petition and this Letter from the Latroun villagers. And this letter too.
Hat tip to Independent Jewish Voices in Canada.