- NEW YORK - In an annual
event an Israeli official here called "a festival of hatred against
Israel," Palestinians stationed at United Nations offices in New York,
Geneva, and Vienna are to mark today's 54th anniversary of the UN partition
plan by denouncing Israel.
- The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian
People, which has been commemorated annually since 1977, is sponsored by
the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian
People, which counts more than 20 UN ambassadors - most from the Third
world - as members. The committee includes the Palestinian right of return
to Israel among its tenets. Israel and the US are boycotting the event.
- "Israel does not participate in any convention organized
by the committee, because that body is one-sided and extremely hostile
towards Israel," said Ariel Milo, a spokesman for Israel's mission
to the UN.
- At the US mission to the UN, a spokesman said the Americans
are not scheduled to participate in today's events, and said they did not
participate in last year's commemoration. He declined to elaborate on the
reason for the US absence.
- On the agenda this year are speeches on the Palestinian
issue by high-ranking UN officials, including Secretary-General Kofi Annan
and the presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly. Also scheduled
to speak are groups traditionally hostile to Israel, including officials
from the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries and the Special Committee to
Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian
People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.
- The committee also plans to screen two documentary films,
Gaza Under Siege and Mahmoud Darwish: As the Land is the Language, which
is to be followed by a General Assembly discussion on "The question
- Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat told this
year's General Assembly debate in early November that "the Palestinian
state was not recognized by the UN [in 1947]. On the contrary, the Palestinian
people faced a tremendous historic injustice, the majority were uprooted
from their homes and were made refugees."
- Middle East expert Daniel Pipes said the Palestinians'
annual looking back to 1947 "confirms that the Palestinians have not
yet come to terms with the existence of a sovereign Jewish state. That
they still want to go back and fight that battle confirms to me that there
is no utility in discussing the details of a settlement so long as this
reluctance continues," he said. Pipes also criticized the Palestinian
leadership's "pattern of historical fabrication and denial in the
Arab-Israeli conflict," including Arafat's rewriting of the partition
plan during the General Assembly debate.
Only Israel can be publically tromped like this and it go unseen and unrecognized,
even celebrated. So long as any Arab in the world, foreign or domestic,
can call him/herself a "Palestinian" then the Palestinan state
is nothing more than a phantom nation, a seemingly endless resource of
jew-hating Arabs bent on the destruction of a jewish state of Israel. Who
do they think they're fooling? If you emptied the country of Palestinians,
in three days it would refill with all new people claiming to be Palestinians!
Rabid Zionism under the banner of "Israel can do no wrong" is
equally evil... but something has got to change. Israel has patiently endured
non-stop terrorism from so-called Palestinians for decades. Soon now the
world will see the powerful hand of Israel; she will strike back in ways
never before imagined.
The prophet Zechariah should be heeded:
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people
round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against
Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for
all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces,
though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. In
that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and
his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah,
and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. And the governors
of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be
my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. In that day will I make the
governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch
of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on
the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again
in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The LORD also shall save the tents
of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the
inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. In that
day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is
feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David
shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come
to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come
against Jerusalem." Zechariah 12:2
This will likely begin with Saddam and end with the so-called Palestinians.
- From Christopher Day
- Dear Jeff,
- Richard Colfax's comment, ''Israel has patiently endured
non-stop terrorism from so-called Palestinians for decades," (rense.com:
'Festival Of Hate Against Israel Set For UN' by Melissa Radler. Jerusalem
Post, November 29, 2001) requires a considered response. Charley Reece
presents a well reasoned opposing piece posted on rense.com on October
- Chris in Australia.
- ...A concerned human being who is trying hard not to
be an anti-Semitic, racist, nationalist, isolationist, separatist, extreme
rightist, looney leftist, middle-eastern looking terrorist.) ___
- It Is Absurd To Say Israel Is Not A Racist State
- By Charley Reese (c) 2001
King Features Syndicate -
September 10, 2001
Posted on rense.com October 5, 2001
- 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 purchase
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 neighbourhoods that
denied non-Christians an opportunity to buy or rent would likewise be considered
racist. All of these forms of discrimination are practiced in Israel against
- The language that caused the United States to leave the
conference was in a resolution passed by 3,000 non-governmental organizations
in 44 regional and interest-based caucuses, according to the Indian Express.
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 beginning
to defy the slanders of the Zionist lobby and speak out against the human-rights
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 killing,"
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, restriction
of movements and employing military engines of destruction against an unarmed
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 Square.
- 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 government."
- Zionism is foreign influence.