Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism are not the same

Anti-Semitism is different from anti-Zionism. Zionism refers historically to the goal to turn the nation of Palestine into the nation of Israel and allow Jewish families to settle there, which did occur. Many Jewish people were against the Zionism movement at the time because the movement used harsh tactics and also possibly because many Jewish people preferred to live where-ever they were already living at the time and they didn’t want to move to Palestine. Some Jewish people at the time also preferred to continue working towards coexisting with other ethnic groups; as many Jewish people were being comfortably accepted within mixed communities at the time. These anti-Zionist Jewish people didn’t want the Jewish people as a group to be seen to be working towards becoming more exclusionary  by seeking a separate nation for a religious group – as that is the opposite of becoming more accepted and fitting in within a culturally mixed nation.

Anti-Semitism refers to discrimination and hate crimes aimed at all people of Jewish background which became more prolific during World War II.

Currently in the United States there has been increased interest and support of the anti-Zionist movement to Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) Israel for the maltreatment of Palestinian people. But there has also been an increase in anti-Semitic attacks of Jewish reporters and other Jewish people and Jewish topics in general which seems to have been brought out by the negative tone of the 2016 Presidential campaign.

This link discusses anti-semitism and anti-zionism: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/10/03/why-are-we-discussing-fake-anti-semitism-when-the-real-thing-is-marching-around-in-jackboots-again/

And this link takes a closer look at the changes that have been seen during the 2016 political season: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/10/donald-trump-anti-semitism-young-jews-214314

I have a few posts on this website about anti-Zionism and the maltreatment of Palestinian people but It is not in support of anti-Semitism or in support of mistreatment of Jewish people simply because they are Jewish. That would be no better than mistreating Palestinian people just because they live in Palestine.

Here’s a link about a different group of people who have experienced both discrimination and the 2016 political season and they have some common sense to share with younger generations — no one, no candidate is perfect, and turning the clock backwards on civil rights would be worse than voting for someone who is just not perfect: http://fusion.net/story/352995/older-black-women-might-save-america-from-trump/

This is 2016 rather than 1945, we need to accept that people have differences and work together to share our planet’s resources instead of destroying the planet’s dwindling resources with bombs and pollutants. We as a species seem to be excelling at causing the extinction of other species; it would seem sensible to start worrying more about the longterm viability of our species and the planet and less about blowing each other up in the name of loving God. I don’t remember ever hearing that God said go forth and bomb but I do remember a line about going forth and procreating. Pouring poisonous chemicals on our planet is ruining the ability of many species to go forth and procreate — including our own. Eventually the policy writers will realize that money can’t really buy health or fertility — but will they discover it in time to save our species or other species from becoming extinct?

No one is perfect and that includes the policy writers — It’s time to rewrite how we’re doing things before the future arrives and we find out that it has been damaged in ways that we won’t be able to repair but will have to cope with anyway. Seven species of wild bees in Hawaii have been declared endangered. Hawaii has been used extensively for development of genetically modified crops that are resistant to herbicides. Citizens have been sickened by the large amounts of agribusiness chemicals that have been used on Hawaiian islands. Bees are a major group of pollinator’s for many types of wild plants and commercial crops. Rumor suggests that the agribusiness Monsanto has been working on creating genetically modified flying ants to become a replacement pollinator for the dying bees — wouldn’t not poisoning the original pollinator’s make more sense – especially as their health affects the health of the entire food chain — which we also depend on for our survival as a species.

Albert Einstein was Jewish and he was anti-Zionist and he cared about bees.

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – Albert Einstein [goodreads.com]

Quotes of letters Albert Einstein wrote regarding the goals of Zionism to create a nation for Jewish people are available here: [http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/08/einstein-warned-israeli-mistreatment-arabs.html] He supported working with the Arab people rather than making a separate nation for people of the Jewish faith and he condemned the mass murders that were committed by Jewish terrorist groups during the formation of Israel from the nation of Palestine.

I am strongly in support of equal rights for all people and against discrimination and unequal treatment of some groups by other groups. The United States is borrowing money and blowing it up in the form of drone bombs and/or giving it to Israel for them to blow up in the pursuit of taking other people’s homeland in the name of religion.

God didn’t say go forth and bomb — he said go forth and procreate – if I remember correctly. The search engine suggests that the phrase has been translated in two ways, “Be fruitful and multiply” or “Go forth and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28) The following discussion suggests that the word “multiply” is not referring to a math term but is instead referring to increasing family or community size or amount of agricultural cropland, as the study of mathematics was not as valued during early Christianity as it was valued and advanced during the history of Islam:  https://www.laetusinpraesens.org/musings/multiply.php

Going forth and multiplying is a nice idea but at some point reality has to set in regarding the size of the planet and its supply of non-renewable resources — all living things can only grow as long as nutrients are available and toxins are removed. Humans are not above reality – if we don’t take care of our waste we will poison the ecosystem for all species trying to live within it not just our own. If the bees all become extinct and we are dependent on genetically modified flying ants that have to be purchased from Monsanto will we be obeying the command to “go forth and multiply” because we created GMO flying ants or will we have just killed off all the bees and put our own species and the rest of the food chain at great risk of also becoming extinct?

Is endangering all of the species of the planet worth allowing one ethnic group (European Jewish ancestry) to take the land of other people and to harass and murder them whether they are of Muslim, Christian, or non-European (the actual Semites are the people who were native to the area where Palestine is located and some of them are Jewish and others are Muslim or Christian) Jewish background? This is a he said/she said type of story with different versions of history being emphasized by different groups — Jewish version suggests the increased economy created by the settlement of Palestine by Jewish settlers brought more Muslim immigrants to the area who hadn’t been native. See this link for more information: http://www.israeladvocacy.net/knowledge/the-truth-about-palestinian-refugees/did-european-jews-displace-palestinians/#sthash.zgxJoOt6.dpbs

History is as clear as mud but the future is ours to write — let’s write one that has fewer bombs and more cooperation (and hopefully that future will end up having more wild bees and fewer genetically modified flying ants – that part is likely as the GMO flying ant story was a fake news story that got picked as real [link].)

Never fear – some Harvard researchers have been working on robotic bees to take over pollination if we do manage to kill off all the natural bee species. [link] — I still fear the loss of our planet’s natural species.

I would rather have an ecosystem that supports life rather than have an agricultural industry that supports mini robots and kills life (the purpose of food is to support life of living creatures, not robots, so a food supply that is deadly to small organisms seems like a food supply that might not be ideal for the supporting the health of larger organisms either. An industry funded study that looks at the health consequences of a food used for a few months in an animal based study is not really proof that it is safe for the health of someone who might be eating the food throughout an eighty year life span.).

Anti-Semitism is a term that generally refers to hate crimes and discrimination of Jewish people in general while anti-Zionism refers to a political movement that was against the takeover of Palestine by Israel.

Hate crimes are wrong. Genocide is wrong. Genocide of bees is not conducive to the health of most other species living on the planet including the human race. Religion does not make it right to kill other species or ethnic groups. Fear of people who are not the same as yourself does not make it right to harass or kill people who are different from yourself.

Fear of change is not a good excuse to continue ignoring the fact that human practices are killing many other species and poisoning the long term health or our planet’s oceans, soil and air. We only have one planet, if we poison it then we are not only poisoning ourselves we are poisoning every other living thins as well — and that is not just or right — The Bible does not say that God said  go forth and multiply exponentially. Species including humans have instincts to live sustainably within the environment and to not harvest all of a species so that it will continue to flourish in future seasons.

http://www.core77.com/posts/41403/Brilliantly-Designed-Inuit-Fish-Hook-That-Allows-the-Halibut-Population-to-Replenish-Itself

Sharks are an example of a natural predator that tends to only take the older, weaker members of group leaving the other species as a healthier group with greater odds of survival. http://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/the-value-of-sharks/sharks-role-in-the-ocean/

By allowing groups of humans the right to pollute for profit or to bomb for territory disputes we are also providing ourselves and all the species on the planet with the right to increased rates of cancer, chronic and acute illness, and increased amounts of birth defects and infertility.

Bombing other people or building a wall will not prevent pollutants from vaporizing in warm regions and drifting on the breeze and condensing out over cooler regions. Bombing the Middle East adds pollution to the whole planet not just the Middle East. Is Zionism really worth poisoning our planet’s future?

The United States gives more money to Israel than any other nation and has pledged even more over the next ten years — is supporting Zionism more important than our own country’s or our own children’s future?

–Not to the 81% of Americans surveyed who opposed the $38 billion dollar promise to Israel:  http://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2016/09/19/81-americans-oppose-38-billion-pledge-israel/

It’s time to try some new strategies instead of continuing to blow up money in the pursuit of increased global pollution (and support of Zionism). All Jewish people are not to blame for the crimes that some caused anymore than all Americans are to blame for the drone bombing of civilians throughout many areas of the Middle East — but if we aren’t to blame than who is? It is our military industrial complex and our tax dollars and borrowed debt that is being blown up and causing an increased rate of birth defects — so as someone who has paid a fair amount of taxes over the course of my working life I do feel that we are all to blame for how our nation is spending that money — poisoning children and poisoning bees is not something I’m proud of, it’s not humane or sensible or sustainable — it costs a lot of money to build a bomb and blow it up — ignoring the cost of  lost lives, clean up and repair — because that doesn’t seem to be important to anyone but the survivors.

Empathy exercise — think about the 9/11 bombing of the Twin Towers — now multiply that by bombings going on for many years in many cities — seems kind of a lot worse when you go forth and multiply the terror over decades, over an entire region.

/Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

End the War on Peace

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellence.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

Ending the War on Peace would require work on a number of fronts. The War on Terror is the obvious battleground but even that is diffuse with the increase in security measures in most public areas now, the battleground is all around in the sense of increased worry and watchfulness. In the literal sense half the GDP is being spent on military and much of it is going into drone bombs that are feasibly protecting us from a potential terrorist target but may in fact be killing random civilians who happened to be on the literal battleground instead of the potential terrorist. It would help the environment to not blow up as much stuff as well as the bombs themselves. Burning modern buildings and other infrastructure tends to create volatile chemicals which can be bad for health. An international coalition, a large one, needs to send in ground forces with small teams to help reinforce local self-policing efforts to find and remove Daesh terrorists. With limited supplies and back up villagers may have rebels in their area that they are unable to deal with in fear of retaliation. I would hope that refugees would be able to return to their homelands at some point.

On the homefront ending the war on peace would require treating all children equally in preschool and throughout their education. The ‘Preschool to Prison’ pipeline needs to end. Children of color may be treated to increased rates of suspension and visits from police officers as young as preschool for misbehavior that other children wouldn’t be punished for as harshly. This kind of early negative experience can leave children more at risk for behavior problems later in life. Treating all citizens equally and ending profiling and entrapment arrests could end up helping the economy by allowing more individuals to become tax paying workers instead of becoming prisoners, parolees or people with a prison record and a difficult time finding work.

Effective health care could help promote peace by promoting increased mental health and improved stress coping skills throughout the lifespan.

Ending the war on peace on the homefront, and elsewhere, may also require an increased acceptance for each other’s differences and increased recognition and acceptance for our own natural tendencies to be more accepting of people who are similar to ourselves and to be less accepting of people who seem different. We are all different but we are also all human. By valuing our differences and supporting them we may achieve innovations that could help the economy, the environment and who knows what else? The sky isn’t even the limit when we work together, we’ve made it to the moon and past!

That was a little perky but drone bombs aren’t. Optimism helps get things done because problems can be seen as solvable instead of impossible.

To be con’t.

Hat tip to Leo Tolstoy author of the book “War and Peace.” [Available online, you can even skip ahead to the last page. ]

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Environment and Green Jobs

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellence.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

Our environment supports our health and our economy. Business as usual is based on having a steady supply of natural resources as well as having safe roads and transportation available to get products from their natural state into something available for the consumer’s use. Cleaning up waste created during each stage of production through the final use and discard of the product by the consumer needs to be accepted as a responsibility of all of us and would create jobs. A clean environment supports safer food and a more biodiverse population of wildlife – and biodiversity has been associated with healthier wildlife including the insects – which could help promote health through reduced rates of infection. Protecting our environment protects health through reduced exposure to toxins. Reducing invasive plants and wildlife can help protect property or other financial interests of businesses. Management of invasive species without use of potentially harmful herbicides or pesticides is likely to require significant manual labor – which would benefit more workers in need of manual labor jobs. Green jobs could incorporate education and assistance of younger helpers or college-age interns with projects that connect students and educators with industry tours or invasive plant management (aka weeding).

Individual goals for protecting the environment and managing our use of resources include:

  1. End subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, redirect the money to renewable resources and research and development in areas such as more sustainably sourced biofuel and improved batteries for windpower or for solar powered vehicles. More on this point was included in the Economy and Green Jobs section.
  2. Strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Clean Water Act and require the fracking industry to follow the Clean Water Act and other environmental standards and to monitor and report what chemicals are being used and created in the fracking process.
  3. Create jobs in soil and hazardous waste remediation throughout urban and rural areas wherever hazardous conditions have been identified. (Urban areas tend to have lead in the soil due to increased amounts of traffic during the years when leaded gasoline was in use.) Clean up the radioactive waste remaining at the Hanford, Wash. location and any other sites where nuclear waste or other nuclear power plant hazards have been identified.
  4. Climate change is already happening. Plan ahead for it when possible and rezone areas that are likely to become increased flood risks to reduce building in the area and/or require more flood resistant types of construction to be built in low lying areas. Support research and development of construction ideas for use flood zones (forget about the mousetrap we need a better houseboat and factory boat and gardening boat).
  5. Support increased construction of bikelanes and bike share programs in urban areas.
  6. Support increased use of reusable diapers or biodegradable diapers by subsidizing the purchase of those types of products and/or by providing those types to low income caregivers or senior citizens. And support the use of reusable menstrual products or more biodegradable menstrual products to low income women and girls and requiring prisons to provide adequate supplies of either type to female prisoners based on their preference. Having adequate menstrual products has been found to improve school attendance by girls in research based in Africa. [citation needed, I think it was mentioned in the book Half the Sky.]
  7. Effective health care based on prevention of chronic illness and use of less screenings and surgical procedures and pharmaceutical based treatments would also likely add up to less waste being added to the environment. Banning several food additives and agribusiness chemicals and crops was also included in the Effective Health Care section. Chemicals that are hazardous to humans are also likely to be increasing sickness in wildlife and farm animals that may then risk spreading to humans. Increasing infertility in humans may suggest that the entire food chain may be experiencing problems with infertility. Malformed genitals and increased homosexuality may also be associated with increased estrogen mimetic pollutants in the environment. A food supply based on less use of chemicals and more use of hand labor would help protect the environment and provide more jobs.
  8. Create jobs in invasive species control that include positions for manual labor and for education positions for training and supervising student volunteers in the manual labor required for invasive species control.

To be con’t.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.