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Talking Zionism

•, by Uri Avnery
 That was before the foundation of the State of Israel. Since then, the term “Zionism” has been elevated to the status of a state ideology, if not state religion. Everything the state does is justified by the use of this word. Some would say that Zionism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

When I visited Prague for the first time, right after the fall of the Communist regime, I was shown a hotel of incredible luxury —chandeliers from France, marble from Italy, rugs from Persia, the lot. I had never seen anything like it before. I was told that the place — or palace — had been reserved for the Communist elite.

It was then and there that I understood the essence of a state ideology. Communist regimes were founded by idealists, imbued with humanist values. They ended as mafia states, in which a corrupt clique of cynics used the Communist ideology as justification for privilege, oppression, and exploitation.
I don’t like state ideologies. States should not foster ideologies.

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