MembersZionism and the Arabs: A War of Words

Myths, lies and blood libels continue to dictate how most Arabs in the Middle East see Israel, the Jews and Zionism

By Edy Cohen | | Topics: Zionism
Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

There is plenty of demagoguery, ignorance and propaganda when it comes to the concept of Zionism in the Arab world. Arab views on Zionism are first and foremost the result of the vile lies and conspiracies propagated by Arab governments and their state medias for over 70 years. Constant incitement and demonization of Israel and the Jews, and especially of Zionism, has made most Arabs believe that Zionism is like Nazism, or worse.

In his book based on his dissertation, Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, writes: “Nazi ideology is the equivalent of the ideology of Zionism – the same thought and belief.” The title of the book and cover illustration convey the general argument that emerges even before it is read; Nazi ideology is the equivalent of the ideology of Zionism. The two faces with the helmets of two soldiers, one with the Nazi symbol, and the other with a Star of David, allow no room for doubt that the author of the book is trying to send a message that an Israeli soldier is the equivalent of a...

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