Zionism is the ideology that underpins the barbarism that has been meted out on Palestinians, its latest chapter being the slaughter that is currently happening in Gaza.
Yet its ideals remain respectable in establishment circles. In the US, political leaders fall over one another to declare their undying loyalty to the creed. In Britain, there has been a long tradition of Christian Zionism that spans back to the early 20th Century and the Balfour Declaration.
Ahmed Paul Keeler argues that Zionism has become embedded into the Western mindset through education and culture. It relies upon a Darwinian hierarchy that places Europeans at the top and Arabs and others as savages and less human – terms that have been uttered in recent events with greater frequency.
Ahmed was born in 1942 and was brought up in a conservative upper-middle-class Anglo-Catholic family. He belonged to a generation that was brought up to serve the British Empire.
Ahmed Keeler is a visiting fellow with the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge and was a distinguished fellow at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in 2016.
- Sign up for Aliran's free daily email updates or weekly newsletters or both
- Make a one-off donation to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, CIMB a/c 8004240948
- Make a pledge or schedule an auto donation to Aliran every month or every quarter
- Become an Aliran member
Produced by The Thinking Muslim