ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
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World Conference Against Racism
Our organization would like to raise a question that might lead
participants in this meeting to think about, and perhaps reconsider
positions and points of view. This question is the comparison between the attitude of the
western community concerning the coming to power of the right-wing,
racist, and fanatic leader in Israel during the recent few months, as
opposed to the attitude of the same western society concerning the
coming to power of another right-wing
leader in Austria last year. The
western attitude unanimously congratulated Ariel Sharon for
winning the Israeli elections. Whereas
these same countries stood jointly to demand the suspension of
international relations with Austria if Haider and his Freedom Party
remained in power. Although
Haider’s party has had some dreadful racist attitudes, nonetheless, he
did not act on his racism to the degree of subjugating those perceived
as opponents to extreme cruel and inhuman treatment.
Haider and his party did not massacre thousands as Sharon and the
Likud Party have done in Deir Yassin and in Sabra and Chatilla, as well
as in many more racist incidents of blood shedding and degradation of
others only because they are not Jews.
No one should think that by this comparison we are opposing in
any way the Western attitude against the racist right wing party in
Austria. In fact, we
actually fully support it because it is for the welfare of all human
community. Nevertheless, we
are surprised and have the right to be surprised that this Western
attitude does not include in its candid and firm position what is taking
place in the occupied land of Palestine.
We are surprised that the Western attitude does not condemn in a
candid and firm position the most extreme manifestation of racism that
Zionism and its right wing parties are openly committing against the
people of this land?!!!!
Every society in any place on earth has its good and peace loving
people and its extremists who drive their communities toward evil
schemes and tragic ends. We also know that millions of Jews in Israel and outside of
it strongly oppose this racist trend against Christian and Muslim
Palestinians and its daily consequences of blood shedding and pain and
misery. There is no doubt
that those who are peace-loving are indeed hoping and patiently looking
forward for the day they can live in peace and cooperation with their
neighbors in a land, which is the cradle of civilizations and divine
prophecies. It is our hope
that the international community should stand by them and help them
reach this noble objective.
The international community and public opinion was able to defeat
the hideous racism that was degrading to human dignity in South Africa.
It did so by its candid and firm stand against apartheid and by
suspending all international relations with that racist State and
preventing it from participating in United Nations activities.
Now blacks and whites in South Africa live equally in peace and
cooperation. The crime of
apartheid and the turmoil of bloodshed and misery, which it generated in
the past, ended forever. It
has been a great victory for humanity at large.
This victory can be repeated in Palestine if the international
community stands against the rampant racism which has manifested itself
throughout this land in the most despicable form.
In fact, it has reached more alarming degrees of cruelty and more
extensive massacring and subjugation of human beings than apartheid in
South Africa. It is
enough to point out the criminal “law of return” which is an affront
to humanity that is being carried out by Israel in the Holy Land.
Israel’s law of return allowed any Jew, regardless of his or
her nationality, to come to Palestine and live as an Israeli citizen.
This same law prevented millions of Palestinians, both Christian
and Muslim, from returning to their lands and homes and properties for
no reason other than they were not Jewish.
The entire world knows what is happening in this land whereat the
helicopters and tanks reap the souls of hundreds of children without
mercy only for desperately throwing stones to rebel against this
unbearable situation that dehumanizes their very being and strips them
of every ounce of their dignity.
We conclude this statement with words of wisdom by the great
historical leader who said to his followers: stand by your brother
whether he is the oppressed or the oppressor.
His followers questioned: we stand by him when oppressed, that is
his right, which we will respect and provide, but why and how can we
stand by him when he is the oppressor?!
He answered; you do so through standing by him against his
oppression, forbidding him from proceeding further into it.
Isn’t time to help those in Israel by preventing them from
proceeding any further in their oppression and subjugation of
Palestinians as we had done to apartheid in South Africa??!!