Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2001 1:01
Subject: Israel's Immunity from
The Globe & Mail
In the context of the US bullying and our government's
submission to US pressure in relation to the World Conference Against
Racism [WCAR}, why is the conference not allowed to debate the issues
openly and call the perpetrators of racism by their name, including Israel? Must
Israel be allowed always to remain above international law? Israeli practices
and laws are blatantly racist against Palestinians as well as its own non-Jewish
citizens. The list is formidable but let us look at the evidence as clearly
stated by Israeli human rights workers and other international
The late Professor Israel Shahak, a
Holocaust survivor and Chairperson of The Israeli League for Civil and
Human Rights, stated: " It is my considered opinion that the state of
Israel is a racist state in the full meaning of this term. In this state people
are discriminated against, in the most permanent and legal way and in the most
important areas of life, only because of their origin. This racist
discrimination began in Zionism and is carried today mainly in cooperation with
the institutions of the Zionist movement."
The Israeli thinker Derek Tozer stated: "
The official policy of the government [of Israel] is unequivocal. Arabs like the
Jews in Nazi Germany are officially 'Class B' citizens, a fact which is recorded
on their identity cards."
Denis Goldberg, a Jewish South African
sentenced to life imprisonment for " conspiring to overthrow the Apartheid
regime", was released through the intercession of Israeli officials, came
to Israel and stated in 1985 that he sees " many similarities in the
oppression of blacks in South Africa and of Palestinians", and pledged never to
stay in Israel and moved to England.
Nelson Mandela, not unfamiliar with
racist practices, in one of his first speeches after release from prison,
compared blacks in South africa to Palestinians who are fighting " against a
unique form of colonialism".
South Africa Archbishop Desmond Tutu
observed, during a Christmas visit to Jerusalem in 1989: " I am a black
South African, and if I were to change the names, a description of what is
happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, could describe events in South
Attorney Malea Kiblan, a member of the
American National Lawyers Guild Group who visited Israel and
the Occupied Territories, stated at the Guild's Press Conference on Aug. 1,
1977: " Before I came, I had never fully understood the UN Resolution that
equated Zionism with racism, and I came here with an open mind to have personal
access to the facts of the situation. When I saw things first hand, I was
totally overwhelmed by the way the Arabs are treated as inferior people. I
didn't really understand institutional racism until I made this trip, although
we have racism in the United States. Israel is built on an exclusive system, and
the Arabs racially cannot qualify as equal citizens in the West Bank or in
Israel in any area, including health , education, personal treatment and every
To quote one of the many laws in Israel that discriminate
against non- Jewish citizens of the satate, there is the Development
Authority Law of 1950, which remains effective. This law grants the
Jewish National Fund authority over 92% of the land in Israel.
By means of a "land Covenant". All this property, most of it expropriated from
Palesinians, becomes the
"inalienable property" of the Jewish people
worldwide. This means non-Jews, citizens of the state,
can never buy any of it, rent it or till it. If such a law stipulating
only Christians or any specific religious entity can own or
lease or till 92% of the land of Canada, would there not be an outcry of
discrimination and racism?
No country, including Israel, must be allowed to remain
above international law, and Palestinians as well as Muslim and Christian
citizens of Israel are humans too.
Ismail Zayid, MD.