The Myth of the Myth of Palestine

Israel_Palestine_Flag[1]It is, if I may be frank, quite pathetic that the spurious charge of a myth should so perpetuate itself.  In fact, it is nothing other than Girardian scapegoating on an industrial scale.  If you can convince a person or group that another person or group is somehow less than deserving, less human, less, just less….less…..less….in whatever way is chosen, it stands to reason you can do anything to them.


The founder of the WZO (World Zionist Organisation in 1897), Theodore Herzl, had the primary objective of seeking a homeland.  The irony for this German Jew, was that he loved the German civilization, he didn’t even like the Hebrew religion, and nor did he consider himself scattered or disparate – he loved European culture, as did many of his bourgeois compatriots!  He was also a failed playwright, and even in writing his book Der Judenstat (An attempt at a modern solution to the Jewish question), his primary motivation was, as Goldberg percieves, to establish his credentials as the “sober, judicious Doctor of Law rather than the author of drawing room comedies.”

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You ain’t no fundamentalist bruv!

Model_1_of_Fundamentalism_sculptureNow that the fuss has died down about that insanely pathetic knife attack at Leytonstone tube station by a supposed “fundamentalist”, it is worth a little bit of Zizek to calm our nerves and self-congratulation and sense of defiance.

What is a fundamentalist?

My former Principal once made a dismissive passing comment that fundamentalism these days is all ‘mental’ and no ‘fun’!  I thought it was a clever way to carve up the word, but this comment has stayed with me over the years and actually, has more truth than I thought possible.

As that wonderful, instantaneous phrase suggests, the man carrying out a cowardly, random act of violence, is no Muslim.  But what I think would be more shocking for the perpetrator, is to discover that even if he is a Muslim (which he obviously is, even the liberal West can’t take that away from him), he ain’t even no fundamentalist!

Slavoj Zizek, a philosopher I love and hate to read, captures the heart of this issue  in his magnificent book Living in the End Times, when he writes,

Zizekbook“…, are the so-called fundamentalists, be they Christian or Muslim, really fundamentalists in the true sense of the term?  What they lack is a feature easy to discern in all authentic fundamentalists, from Tibetan Buddhists to the American Amish – the absence of resentment or envy, rooted in a deep indifference towards the non-believers’ way of life.

If today’s so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by non-believers (emphasis mine), why should they envy them?  When a Buddhist encounters a Western hedonist, he hardly condemns him.  He simply denotes benevolently that the hedonist’s search for happiness is self-defeating.

In contrast to the true fundamentalists, pseudo-fundamentalists are deeply bothered, intrigued, and fascinated by the sinful lives of non-believers.  It can seem that, in condemning the sinful other, they are struggling with their own temptation.  This is why the so-called Christian or Muslim fundamentalists are a disgrace to true fundamentalism” (emphasis mine).   p.469-70

So despite our current political language, fundamentalists today are not fundamentalists, and actual fundamentalists are nothing like this present perversion of fundamentalism, or diet-fundamentalism.  As one Australian comedian said regarding the war on terror, “I can’t believe it’s not terror!

Prophetic comedian truth aside, it is not merely that Islam has been hijacked; it is far worse – fundamentalism itself has been hijacked!  And that is no joke!

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The God Who is There

Slavoj Zizek, Slovinian philosopher and cultural critic, said that the only way to be a true atheist is to go through Christianity.  This series of videos will do just that!

D. A. Carson takes us through the whole Bible storyline in this excellent series designed for those who know nothing or very little about the Bible or the Gospel.  Enjoy.