Forty years on, the evil still won’t die

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

ON NOVEM­BER 10, 1975 the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly de­clared: “Zion­ism is racism.”

In a speech de­liv­ered right af­ter the the res­o­lu­tion was passed, US Am­bas­sador to the UN Daniel Moyni­han con­demned the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of this res­o­lu­tion. It was sub­se­quently re­pealed in 1991, but its spirit trag­i­cally lives on in the form of the UN’s en­dur­ing ob­ses­sion with con­demn­ing Is­rael.

In his speech Moyni­han said: “The United States rises to de­clare be­fore the Gen­eral As­sem­bly and be­fore the world that it does not ac­knowl­edge, it will not abide by, it will never ac­qui­esce in this in­fa­mous act. The United States has pleaded for the United Na­tions not to do this thing. It (is) ‘ob­scene’… the furtive­ness with which this ob­scen­ity first ap­peared among us has been re­placed by a shame­less open­ness.

“A great evil has been loosed upon the world: the abom­i­na­tion of anti- semitism has been given the ap­pear­ance of in­ter­na­tional sanc­tion. (We are) re­minded that the United Na­tions was born in strug­gle against just such abom­i­na­tions as we are com­mit­ting to­day… the United States has for the first time in its his­tory ap­pealed di­rectly to each of the 141 other del­e­ga­tions in New York not to do this un­speak­able thing.”

Trag­i­cally, Moyni­han’s words are prov­ing true. We are fac­ing an evil that will not die.

In no shape nor form can Is­rael be con­sid­ered an apartheid state. Rather do its im­me­di­ate ac­cusers show ev­ery man­i­fes­ta­tion of dis­crim­i­na­tion, big­otry, in­tol­er­ance and ex­trem­ism that are the lynch­pins of apartheid.

It is a pol­icy that among Is­lamist en­ti­ties has led in­evitably to the atroc­i­ties that started with 9/11 and has now raised its head in Paris on its on­ward jour­ney. Apol­o­gists claim this ex­trem­ism rep­re­sents a mi­nor­ity view, but there are more than suf­fi­cient of these ac­tive mad­men around to threaten world peace.

In the fir­ing line of blame is Is­rael and tol­er­ance of the ac­cu­sa­tions against it by many coun­tries en­cour­ages more and greater ter­ror­ism.

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