- It was no surprise that the United States and Israel
walked out of a United Nations conference on racism as soon as Israel came
in for criticism. It is, however, a disgrace. Israel certainly is a racist
state. Its own human-rights advocates call it that. The claim that Israel
doesn't discriminate against non-Jews is absurd on its face.
- Suppose, for example, the U.S. Congress passed a law
that said the United States is a Christian, Anglo-Saxon nation and that
any Christian, Anglo-Saxon person anywhere in the world is automatically
eligible to become a citizen. Do you seriously think the Anti-Defamation
League would not have a conniption fit and scream racism?
- Well, Israel has such a law for Jews. Thus a Russian
Jew, for example, can become a citizen, but a Palestinian driven out of
his own country in 1948 cannot return.
- Suppose, for another example, a group of wealthy people
established the Christian National Fund. This fund would be used to
property. Once purchased, the property could never be sold to, rented to
or leased to a non-Christian. Would that not be called discrimination?
Well, there is such a fund called the Jewish National Fund, which has all
of those restrictions on the property it owns. It played a great part in
- And, of course, if American officials routinely issued
building permits to Christian Anglo-Saxons while denying them to Jews or
other groups, that would be considered racist. And neighborhoods that
non-Christians an opportunity to buy or rent would likewise be considered
racist. All of these forms of discrimination are practiced in Israel
- The language that caused the United States to leave the
conference was in a resolution passed by 3,000 non-governmental
in 44 regional and interest-based caucuses, according to the Indian
Some American news reports have made it seem like it was an Arab-only move.
I'd say the United States is definitely in a minority, as it usually is
when it defends Israel -- not on the basis of facts, but on the basis of
the power of the Zionist lobby in the United States.
- Fortunately, a growing number of American Jews are
to defy the slanders of the Zionist lobby and speak out against the
abuses Israel inflicts on the Palestinians.
- That indeed is the duty of all people of conscience.
Acts that would be unacceptable in the United States cannot be condoned
simply because they are done by Israelis to Palestinians. That in itself
is a racist attitude.
- In the meantime, much of the American press is allowing
the Israeli government to dictate its language for propaganda purposes.
If the Israelis wish to refer to assassinations as "targeted
that's their business, but American journalism should call them what they
are -- assassinations. Assassination of political opponents, collective
punishments inflicted on innocent people, confiscation of property,
of movements and employing military engines of destruction against an
population are all considered crimes against humanity. Employing tanks
against unarmed demonstrators in the West Bank and Gaza is no different
than employing tanks against unarmed demonstrators in Tiananmen
- You might want to meditate on why the American reaction
is different even though the circumstances are similar.
- It is also useful to keep George Washington's warning
constantly in mind: "Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence
-- I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens -- the jealousy of a free
people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove
that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican
- Zionism is foreign influence.
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