Quotes - Israel/Palestine
The reason that Israel has been able to appropriate Palestine
unto itself with American aid and support is that Israel controls
the explanation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At least 90%
of Americans, if they know anything at all of the issue, know only
the Israeli propaganda line. Israel has been able to control the
explanation, because the powerful Israel Lobby brands every critic
of Israeli policy as an anti-semite who favors a second holocaust
of the Jews.
- Paul Craig Roberts, 2007
The world sees a great and ongoing injustice. They want a just Israel.
They see an Israel that occupies and is clearly unjust, and they
believe they should do something. We should thank them for this
from the bottom of our hearts.
- Gideon Levy, 2006
a Little Help from Outside)
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.
- Yakov M. Rabkin, 2006
threat from within: New book describes a century of Jewish opposition
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"
- Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, 2005
Against the Israeli Occupation: It's Time)
Yesterdays South African township dwellers can tell
you about todays life in the Occupied Territories... More
than an emergency is needed to get to a hospital; less than a crime
earns a trip to jail... If apartheid ended, so can the occupation.
But the moral force and international pressure will have to be just
as determined. The current divestment effort is the first, though
certainly not the only, necessary move in that direction.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his
work against apartheid in South Africa
The so-called Palestinian autonomous areas are
bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure
of the Israeli apartheid system.
- Nelson Mandela
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."
- Edward Said, 2002
I imagine that if I were a Palestinian of the right age,
I would, at some stage, have joined one of the terror organizations.
- Ehud Barak, Israeli general, and Prime Minister 1999 - 2001
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?"
- Edward S. Herman, 1994
What cause have we to complain about their fierce hatred
to us? For eight years now, they sit in their refugee camps in Gaza,
and before their eyes we turn into our homestead the land and villages
in which they and their forefathers have lived.
- Moshe Dayan, Israeli general, 1956
Apartheid and Terrorism)
For over 20 years Israel has expanded by force of arms. After
every stage in this expansion Israel has appealed to reason
and has suggested negotiations. This is the traditional
role of the imperial power, because it wishes to consolidate with
the least difficulty what it has already taken by violence. Every
new conquest becomes the new basis of the proposed negotiation from
strength, which ignores the injustice of the previous aggression.
The aggression committed by Israel must be condemned, not only because
no state has the right to annexe foreign territory, but because
every expansion is an experiment to discover how much more aggression
the world will tolerate.
- Bertrand Russell, 1970
Russell's Last Message)
No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled
en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people
of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?
- Bertrand Russell, 1970
Russell's Last Message)
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