ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Telephone & Fax: 788.62.33
Concern: Upcoming World Conference Against Racism (WCR)
Mary Robinson, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights,
threatening the world with disaster looms over everyone on this planet. It is the standing conflict in the Arab region which they
call the Middle East. The
International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination (EAFORD) has in mind the dialectical relationship between
three elements: the subject
and its connection with the time and place.
Our organization believes that what is happening in Palestine
will probably not be solved on the shores of the Mediterranean, the
place of the conflict, since it was not originally born there, but
rather that it will be solved in the West. As it was born in the West and was fed by Western
contradictions and moral weakness, it can only be solved there, and
through the West’s moral strength.
This is as to the place. As
to the time, probably this is the appropriate time for decision and
resolution. Any delay will
lead to further calamities. The tragic events inflicted on Palestine for over 50 years
which continue to shock the conscience of the world and move people to
protest are only minor indications of the devastating calamity which
during the next few years will engulf both those who created the problem
and those who are its victims.
We, in our organization, draw a definite and decisive distinction
between Judaism and political Zionism.
Judaism is the divine message of Moses which unified the creator
with the created and which is recognized by Christians and Muslims as
much as by the Jews, these people who lived for centuries around the
city of Jerusalem in tranquility, co-operation and peace.
Zionism, on the other hand, is a racist political movement which
lives on the complexes and memories of the past and the reactions to
those sufferings and tragedies. It is enough to point out Israel’s law of return that has
allowed any Jew, regardless of his or her nationality, to come to
Palestine and live as an Israeli citizen.
This same discriminating law prohibited millions of Palestinians,
both Christians and Muslims, from returning to their homeland, fields
and properties for no reason other than they were not Jewish.
In our view, the difference between Judaism and political Zionism
is very great and very important. As
has been said by Rabbi Neuberger, ‘A sincere Jew cannot be a Zionist,
and a Zionist can never be a sincere Jew.’
Judaism is the child of the East with all its philosophies,
spirituality and meditation. Political
Zionism is the child of the West, with all its conflicts, wars and
thirst for domination. Political
Zionism was not born in China, India or the Arab land of the Two Rivers,
but it was born in Russia, Poland, Romania, Germany, France and United
States. And it carries in
its seed and its evolution all the contradictions prevailing in those
countries during the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as during the two
world wars of the 20th century.
There is no doubt that Zionism does not differ as to its aims,
means and justifications from the well-known settler-colonialist
ideologies. Zionism aims at
gathering all the Jews in a ghetto which it calls the Promised Land and
at establishing its hegemony over neighbouring lands, states and
The means to achieve this are wars, massacres, assassinations and
terrorism. And the examples
of this are plentiful: the
destruction of the King David Hotel, the massacres at Deir Yassin, Sabra
and Chatilla; the
continuous wars and invasions to annex more territory under the pretext
of Israeli security; the
expropriation of land, the demolition of houses and uprooting of trees,
the confiscation of property, the expulsion of Palestinians and the
continuing expansion of settlements and installation of settlers in the
occupied territories; the pursuit of the leaders and members of the
Palestinian resistance in order to exterminate them;
the attempt to prevent any Arab scientific or technological
progress, for example through the murder of Arab scientists and the
attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor.
And all this is accompanied by great pressure on world Jewry to
force them to leave their countries and emigrate to the large ghettos.
Supporting all these means is the Zionist lobby which, in the
view of many, has considerable control over the Western media and which
is accredited with decisive influence over the decisions of the main
superpower in the world, with the result that tax-payers’ money and
the most sophisticated weaponry of that particular superpower are put at
the service of those aims and dreams.
The psychological and ideological justification for this attitude
which has bred hatred, bloodshed and evil has often been given as the
experience of the Jews in Europe during certain periods of history,
coupled with misinterpretations of the Holy Books as to the meaning of
the ‘chosen people’ and the ‘Promised Land’. But unfortunately, the result of this was an ideology whose
basis and consequences, for example as to the purity of the race, and
distinctiveness from other people, seems to bear close resemblance to
other dangerous purist ideologies as Fascism and Nazism.
Human tragedies throughout history, have always been the result
of our own mistakes and our own selfishness.
They are, firstly, the result of failure to comprehend the depth
and vision of the great religions adopted by the large majority of
mankind, and the consequent deviation from those religions and from
their aim of unifying humanity with the creator.
They are, secondly, the result of failure to appreciate the
element of time in human life, so that many, in our own times, think
with the mentality of 2,000 years ago.
Our world has truly become a small world.
Modern inventions have reduced distances, and forced the
inhabitants of this planet to meet, to know each other and to
co-operate. It has become
impossible to live in a ghetto, even if that ghetto becomes a state.
Thirdly, we should admit that political Zionism is the fault of
all of us. It is the result
of all the mistakes and atrocities committed by man against man.
Those people who raise the flag of hate and tragedy, and threaten
the world with atomic catastrophe through the representation of the
false as the true, those people are offering the world the sourness and
pain they feel as a result of a long, long sojourn with humiliation and
We would like to repeat what we said on previous occasions:
it is time for mankind to understand its long journey through
history, and to learn from its experience which confirms that to fight
evil with evil will only multiply evil, and that what the parents sow
will be reaped by the sons and grandsons.
This old story has become clear to those prepared to think and
heed the lessons of history.
Therefore, we call upon all our brothers in humanity, the
oppressed and the oppressor, the Black who has been subjected by the
White, the Semite who suffered under the Aryan, the poor who has been
exploited by the rich - we call upon them all to come to a world of
justice. The story of
action and reaction should end here and now, if we have minds with which
to think and if man is truly the viceroy of God on this earth.
We are all from Adam, and Adam is from earth.
No two should differ in this whether they give a literal
interpretation of sacred books or whether they adopt the theory of
evolution. In any case,
both lead to the same conclusion: the
unity of origin and the oneness of human brotherhood.
Finally, we would like to ask our Jewish brothers in whose name
the Zionists act, those living in every part of the world and
particularly in the United States - we would like to ask them this:
is it the message of those who were the first to raise the banner
of the oneness of God to disperse four million Palestinians, Muslims and
Christians, to evict them by force of arms from their homes, country and
fields, and make them live, as they have for more than the last 50 years
or so, in many different foreign lands, instead of leaving them in peace
in their own homes and their own country?
In the name of everything that is sacred, we ask again, should
this tragedy continue with daily shedding of the blood of children,
women and the elderly? And
until when? At least
don’t we fear the consequences for coming generations?
Finally, we should like to ask a precise question:
does Zionism have right on its side?
Were Abraham Lincoln, Einstein, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - were all these wrong and
false because Zionism is right? Did
the massacres we saw and read about and which we still almost daily see
and read about truly represent the message of Abraham and the laws of
Moses? The various
television channels present to us every day a picture of what befell the
Jews at the hands of Hitlerism. Do
we accept that others, even the sons and grandsons of Hitler, should be
subjected to the same treatment?
The answer to this is known in the conscience of each one of us.
It cries in the depth of our souls.
Shall we have the courage and self-denial to declare openly what
our conscience is harbouring?
We should not deceive ourselves or bury our heads in the sand,
ignoring the glaring fact which confirms that there is no solution to
this tragedy other than the establishment of a democratic non-sectarian
state in which Jews, Christians and Muslims will co-operate and which
will be the foundation of peace in the world blessed equally by the
creator and His creatures.
We still look for the day when those who led the world towards
oneness can drop the feeling of superiority and sourness, and
participate in leading it to peace and freedom.