Sol­i­dar­ity still nec­es­sary

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

IN 1977 the UN passed a res­o­lu­tion in­au­gu­rat­ing In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian peo­ple in recog­ni­tion of the in­jus­tice and gross hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions that were be­ing per­pe­trated in Pales­tine. In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity is com­mem­o­rated tomorrow.

We need to mark this day, 38 years af­ter the res­o­lu­tion was passed, be­cause the Zion­ist State of Is­rael con­tin­ues its sys­tem­atic cam­paigns of eth­nic cleans­ing that have in­volved land grabs, set­tler ex­pan­sions, home de­mo­li­tions, de­struc­tion of es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture, il­le­gal im­pris­on­ment and tar­geted killings of Pales­tini­ans.

Re­stric­tions on the move­ment of peo­ple and goods un­der­mine the liv­ing con­di­tions of 1.7 mil­lion Pales­tini­ans in Gaza and other ter­ri­to­ries.

What Pales­tine needs from the world to­day is not just a con­dem­na­tion of the in­jus­tice and gross hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions be­ing per­pe­trated against the Pales­tini­ans, but also a dele­git­imi­sa­tion of the Zion­ist ide­ol­ogy used to jus­tify the de­struc­tive ac­tions of Is­rael. In­ter­na­tional sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tini­ans de­mands no less than the com­plete iso­la­tion of Is­rael.

As long as Is­rael acts with im­punity in the ex­pan­sion of its oc­cu­pa­tion ter­ri­to­ries, and as long as it re­mains a mem­ber of the UN, de­spite vi­o­lat­ing with­out sanc­tions, we need an In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity.

Af­ter the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris, we saw the Sydney Opera House and other iconic build­ings around the world light up in the tri­colour of France in sol­i­dar­ity.

We call on the world again to light up their build­ings in the colours of the Pales­tinian flag to show their sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian peo­ple who face daily terror at the hands of Is­rael.

We once again af­firm the right of Pales­tini­ans to re­sist the il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of their land by Is­rael.

We call on all peace-lov­ing cit­i­zens of the world to sup­port the Boy­cott, Divestment and Sanc­tions Cam­paign to iso­late Is­rael eco­nom­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally. We call on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to en­act its own res­o­lu­tions in pur­suit of jus­tice for Pales­tini­ans by end­ing the im­punity with which Is­rael con­tin­ues to per­pe­trate gross vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights. ROD­NEY Maz­in­ter’s let­ter on Zion­ism (“Forty years on the evil still won’t die”, Week­end Ar­gus, Novem­ber 21) misses the point al­to­gether.

Zion­ism was not con­demned by the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly as an act of anti-semitism, but like Nazism and apartheid, for pro­mot­ing the con­cept of two worlds, the “Uber­mensh” and the “Un­ter­mensh”.

The very con­cept of a Jewish state in Is­rael im­plies the re­jec­tion of other pop­u­la­tion groups who are not part of the Cho­sen few and are there­fore “in­fe­rior” to the se­lected group.

It is no use say­ing how good the treat­ment of those “lesser breeds” is, as we did once in South Africa.

It is the stig­ma­ti­sa­tion of a group of peo­ple – in Is­rael, the Pales­tini­ans; in Ger­many, the Jews; and in South Africa, peo­ple of colour.

In 40 years since the res­o­lu­tion was passed, the sit­u­a­tion has be­come worse.

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