Selected Quotes - Israel/Palestine
almost automatically associates Jews and Israel. The press continues
to refer to "the Jewish State." Israeli politicians often
speak "in the name of the Jewish people." Yet the Zionist
movement and the creation of the State of Israel have caused one
of the greatest schisms in Jewish history.
not only the political unacceptability of Israel's Occupation which
makes the call for sanction urgent and obligatory, it is the massive
violations of Palestinian human rights, of international law and
of numerous UN resolutions that the Occupation entails. If Israel
as the Occupying Power is not held accountable for the intolerable
situation within its ability, indeed, within its responsibility
to end, the entire international system of justice is rendered meaningless
and empty. And that is what makes the Occupation an international
issue. If Israel succeeds in defying the Fourth Geneva Convention
and making its Occupation permanent, if an entire population is
literally locked behind walls and its right of self-determination
trampled, then the ability of human rights to win out over an international
order founded on power politics and militarism is jeopardized. We
all have a stake in ending the Occupation"
have tried to impress on the PLO leadership, and every Palestinian
or Arab I have met, that the quest for a protector in the White
House is a complete chimera, since all recent presidents have been
devoted to Zionist aims, and that the only way to change US policy
is through a mass campaign on behalf of Palestinian human rights,
out-flanking the Zionist establishment and going straight to the
American people. Uninformed and yet open to appeals for justice
as they are, Americans are capable of reacting as they did to the
ANC campaign against apartheid, which finally changed the balance
of forces inside South Africa."
Jews in France were required to carry identification cards designating
them Jews (even though French citizens), could not acquire land
or buy or rent homes in most of the country, were not eligible for
service in the armed forces, and French law banned any political
party or legislation calling for equal rights for Jews, would France
be widely praised in the United States as a "symbol of human
decency" (New York Times) and paragon of democracy? Would there
be a huge protest if France, in consequence of such laws and practices,
was declared by a UN majority to be a racist state?"
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