Zionism: Let the facts speak for themselves
Zionism: Let the facts speak for themselves
by Iqbal Jasarat
Americas hysterical reaction against the inclusion of Zionism and slavery
reparations at the forth-coming UN Conference on Racism, Xenophobia, and
Related Intolerance, is a wake-up call to the rest of the world. Bullying
tactics including threats of boycott and withholding of funds, used by the
Bush administration to shield Israel from critics in Durban is a vulgar
display of arrogance.
These tantrums by the worlds only surviving superpower, whenever the
Jewish states dismal human rights records are being probed, are
irritating. Indeed it is a tragic commentary on the inability of the
United States to rid itself of the suffocating embrace of Zionist lobbies.
Americas aggressive stance is a reflection of the tyranny emanating from
the White House that seeks to dictate global affairs.
South African NGOs are correct in opposing this blackmail. Their argument
that it would be irresponsible to censor the issue of Zionism from the
agenda, is valid and worthy of being taken note of by President Mbeki.
South Africa, since the dawn of democracy in 1994 has every moral,
political and social right to confront the demon of racism, whether in the
form of Indias Dalit issue, or Israels Zionism.
When then is it about Zionism which makes the Israeli regime so nervous
and the Americans so imperial?
Maybe a perspective from the darling of contemporary Western liberals,
Salman Rushdie, will shed some light on the problem. His sombre
observation is that any kind of critique of Zionism instantly attracts a
charge of anti-Semitism. Does this not explain why the Palestinian
narrative is hardly known and barely in existence? It certainly gives a
clue as to why people, particularly in the West, who opposed apartheid in
South Africa, did not utter a word about Israels practise of apartheid.
Writers and intellectuals, who refused to visit South Africa in observance
of the cultural boycott, found no difficulty in travelling to Israel,
completely ignoring Zionist atrocities against the Palestinians. Groups
like the Jewish Defence League (JDL) and American-Israeli Public Affairs
Community (AIPAC) know only too well the reasons for the successful
campaigns waged on American campuses against investments in South Africa:
Its deplorable racial policy of Apartheid!
Similarly the understanding of Zionism will reveal Israel as a racist,
settler colonial regime. This they fear will lead to raised political
consciousness, which ultimately will result in a sustained policy of
economic sanctions and a cultural boycott. In all likelihood, when facts
unfold and reveal that Zionism has been responsible for the sad plight of
the Palestinians and Israels occupation policies are subsidised by massive
American aid, demands on the US to suspend such support will be made.
If the World Conference Against Racism succumbs to American-Israeli
pressure, it will confirm that freedom of speech is allowed except in the
case of matters concerning Israel. Knowledge is to be valued in itself
except if it damages Israels rationale, and hence, its security. Human
rights violations are to be condemned, except when they are committed by
Israel. Racism and racial purity doctrines are inexcusable evils, except
when Israel practises them against Arabs to preserve what Zionist like to
call the "Jewish character" of the state.
Dr Uri Davis, a prominent Israeli academic who has written extensively on
the Israeli- Palestinian conflict makes the following insightful
observation in his book` Israel an Apartheid State: " The official
hegemonic ideological value system in the state of Israel is Zionism and
the key legal distinction in Zionist legislation in Israel is between
'Jew' versus 'non-Jew' The introduction of this key distinction into the
foundation of Israeli law is, however, accomplished as part of a two-tier
structure. It is this two-tier structure which has preserved the veil over
Israeli apartheid legislation"
Davis explains that the first tier, level at which the key distinction
between `Jew' and 'non-Jew is rendered openly and explicitly, is in the
Constitutions and Articles of Association of all the institutions of the
Zionist movement and the World Zionist Organisation, the Jewish Agency for
the Land of Israel and the Jewish National Fund.
Thus, the constitution of the Jewish Agency stipulates: " land is to be
acquired as Jewish property and the title of the lands acquired is to be
taken in the name of the JNF to the end that the same shall be held the
alienable property of the Jewish people. The agency shall promote
agricultural colonisation based on Jewish labour "
Zionism, as a modern political creed is characterised by three basic
qualities: settler colonialism, expansionism and racism. The World
Conference Against Racism will defeat its noble objectives if it fails to
subject this racist philosophy to a critical evaluation. Above all, such
failure will be a victory for bigotry for it will sanction continuous
cultivation of deception, ignorance and myths.
(Mr. Iqbal Jasarat is Chairman of the Media Review Network
(http://www.mediareviewnet.com/), which is an advocacy group based in
Pretoria, South Africa.)
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WE AFFIRM THAT INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE!!!!
Article 2 of the "International Convention of the Suppression and
Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid" of 1973 clearly defined the
term "crime of apartheid." This includes similar policies and practices
of segregation and discrimination as practiced in South Africa and
which also apply to inhuman acts committed for the purpose of the
establishment and maintaining of domination by one racial group over
another. This includes the deliberated imposition of living conditions
calculated to cause physical destruction and any legislative or other
measures preventing a racial group from full development of their
political, social, economic and cultural life. This is an accurate
description of what the zionists are doing to the Palestinian people
with the full support of the USA.