THE MARTIN BUBER INSTITUTE FOR DIALOGICAL ECOLOGY. The case for Gandhi’s disavowal of Zionism.

Gandhi and Godse, the assassination of the Mahatma, (great soul.)

Conquest is not always the answer to conflict

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Gandhi criticized Zionism because “it was wrong to enter it (Palestine) under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs. They should seek to convert the Arab heart. The same God rules the Arab heart who rules the Jewish heart. They can offer Satyagraha in front of the Arabs and offer themselves to be shot or thrown into the dead sea without raising a little finger against them.” Satyagraha for Gandhi was not just passive resistance. Satyagraha is “renunciation of violence of the heart and consequent active exercise of the force generated by the great renunciation.” He advised that the Jews of Germany apply Satyagraha and that if the do so “the stoniest German heart will melt. Great as have been the Jewish contributions to the world’s progress, this supreme act of theirs will be their greatest contribution and war will be a thing of the past.” 

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