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IsraŽlische Apartheid

IMO Blog, 2006

(Door Wouter Brassť)

Op deze blog is al vaker geschreven over de Britse onderwijsvakbonden die IsraŽl willen boycotten (zie bijv. "Britse academici stemmen voor boycot van IsraŽl"). Een nog verdergaande boycot resolutie is begin juni aangenomen door de vakbond van overheidspersoneel CUPE in Ontario, Canada. De CUPE werkt hierin samen met de extremistische "Palestine solidarity" (lees: PSM), die er nauwelijks doekjes om windt dat ze de staat IsraŽl niet erkent en zo snel mogelijk wil opdoeken.

De CUPE resolutie in het Nederlands (vertaling door mij):


De Canadese Unie van Overheidspersoneel [CUPE] (Ontario) zal:

1. Samen met Palestine solidarity en mensenrechtenorganisaties een voorlichtingscampagne ontwikkelen over de apartheid aard van de IsraŽlische staat en de politieke en economische steun van Canada aan deze praktijken.

2. De internationale campagne steunen van boycot, desinvestering en sancties totdat IsraŽl voldoet aan haar verplichting het onvervreemdbare recht van het Palestijnse volk op zelfbeschikking te erkennen en het zich volledig schikt naar de voorschriften van het internationale recht, inclusief het recht van de Palestijnse vluchtelingen om terug te keren naar hun huizen en eigendommen zoals vastgelegd in VN-resolutie 194.

3. De landelijke CUPE bond oproepen om onderzoek te doen naar Canadese betrokkenheid bij de bezetting en de CLC [Canadian Labour Congress] oproepen om zich bij ons aan te sluiten in het lobbyen tegen de apartheid-achtige praktijken van de IsraŽlische staat en oproepen tot het onmiddellijk ontmantelen van de muur.

Omdat:

- De IsraŽlische Apartheidsmuur onder internationaal recht is veroordeeld en illegaal verklaard.
- Meer dan 170 Palestijnse politieke partijen, vakbonden en andere organisaties, inclusief de Palestijnse Algemene Federatie van Vakbonden (PGFTU), in juli 2005 hebben opgeroepen tot een wereldwijde campagne van boycots en desinvesteringen tegen IsraŽl vergelijkbaar met die tegen de Zuid-Afrikaanse apartheid;
- CUPE British Columbia duidelijk en openlijk de bezetting van Palestina heeft veroordeeld en een voorlichtingscampagne is gestart over de apartheid-achtige praktijken van de IsraŽlische staat.

(bron: http://www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/cupe.htm)


De Apartheidsvergelijking wordt dus weer uit de kast gehaald, en wordt zelfs de 'aard' van de 'IsraŽlische staat' genoemd. Het onvervreemdbare recht op zelfbeschikking van de Palestijnen moet erkend worden (uiteraard), alsmede het recht op terugkeer van de vluchtelingen, en de 'muur' moet worden afgebroken. Merkwaardig genoeg staat in de resolutie niet expliciet vermeld dat IsraŽl zich uit de bezette gebieden moet terugtrekken. Waarom niet? Het antwoord laat zich raden: 'Palestine solidarity' beschouwt hťťl IsraŽl als bezet gebied. Het zou wat al te opzichtig zijn om van IsraŽl te eisen dat het zich terugtrekt tot in de Middellandse Zee...

Met de terugkeer van de vluchtelingen zouden de Palestijnen echter op niet al te lange termijn een meerderheid binnen IsraŽl gaan vormen, en zo de staat van binnen uit kunnen opheffen. Terugtrekking uit de Westoever is dan niet meer nodig...
Resolutie 194 (uit 1948, in een geheel andere situatie opgesteld) wordt daartoe weer eens selectief aangehaald, en de 'Apartheidsmuur' moet niet worden verplaatst naar de Groene Lijn (zoals het ICJ feitelijk eiste) maar worden afgebroken. IsraŽl is immers de booswicht, en die hebben geen recht om zichzelf te verdedigen tegen aanslagen.

Er is een 'IsraŽlische staat' volgens de resolutie, maar het enige land dat aan bod komt is het 'bezette Palestina'. CUPE dringt met deze resolutie niet aan op een oplossing van het conflict, maar verklaart IsraŽl regelrecht de oorlog!

De meeste vakbondsleden die voor de resolutie stemden hadden waarschijnlijk niet in de gaten hoe radicaal de strekking daarvan was, maar als dat een troost mag heten is het een wrange troost, die duidelijk maakt hoe weinig inzicht er is in het conflict, zelfs bij mensen waarvan je dat toch zeker zou mogen verwachten (zoals ook bij de Britse bonden voor personeel in het HOGER onderwijs)...

Hieronder volgt een open brief (in het Engels) aan de voorzitter van de CUPE, die ook op ZioNation verscheen, over het 'Apartheidsgehalte' van IsraŽl .


Wouter Brassť

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An open letter to Mr. Sid Ryan,
President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario

From Maurice Ostroff
June 14, 2006

Dear Mr. Ryan,

Your article, "Protesting against Israeli apartheid" (Toronto Sun June 2)
http://torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Ryan_Sid/2006/06/02/1610863.html

It may surprise you, that as an Israeli who grew up in apartheid South Africa, I commend every word in the last sentence of your article, in which you state:
"For the record, our members have also decided at a previous national convention to "call for and actively work towards an end to all acts of violence that take the lives of innocent people, whether they be Palestinian or Israeli. "We continue to support a negotiated peace process based on equality -- and that means the wall must come down"

Your even-handed approach comes as a breath of fresh air by comparison with the many strident one-sided attacks on Israel which have become commonplace.

It may surprise you even more to learn that I believe the great majority of Israelis would join me in this commendation. We too, look forward to the day when the "wall" can come down because it will no longer be needed to protect us from suicide bombers. And acting in accordance with your call to work towards an end to all acts of violence, we need your support, not your enmity, to assist us in achieving this by negotiation with our neighbors.

I trust that, as the leader of a great trade union, which has achieved much for its members you, will accept this invitation to a civil discussion about the thrust of your article and the CUPE resolution in which you protest what you understand to be Israeli Apartheid.

The popular "rage" against Israel's alleged apartheid would be perfectly justifiable if the basic premises on which it is based were true and I ask you to please consider some little-known factual information which I hope will cause you, as the fair-minded person, you have shown yourself to be, to re-evaluate some of your opinions.

Unlike South Africa where apartheid was entrenched in the law and strictly enforced, in Israel, discrimination is forbidden by law. In South Africa, the law not only denied the vote to Black citizens, it legislated to force discrimination in almost every aspect of daily life, resembling to a degree Israel's Arab neighbors which legislate to strictly enforce gender and religious apartheid. By contrast, Israel's Declaration of Independence specifically ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all inhabitants irrespective of religion, race, or gender. Israeli Muslims, Christians, Druse and other minority groups enjoy exactly the same civil and political rights as Jews. They serve in the Knesset and speak freely against the government. If you examine Israeli high court decisions you will observe how they have consistently upheld and continue to uphold equal rights.

The accusation of apartheid in Israel has become a popular catchphrase used as a whip without any relevance to reality. If one looks at the facts objectively, the inevitable conclusion is that there is no more validity to applying apartheid to Israel than to many other countries including for example, your country, Canada.

A report, by the Canadian Federal Government, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Report 2002), expressed concern that the federal government has been unable to compel provincial and territorial governments to align laws relating to discrimination and about failure to implement completely, the recommendations adopted in 1996 by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. It cites difficulties encountered by Aboriginal peoples before the courts in establishment of Aboriginal title over land; the ongoing dispossession of Aboriginal people from their land and some aspects of the Indian Act that may not be in conformity with rights protected under the Convention, in particular the right to marry and to choose one's spouse, the right to own property and to inherit, the high rate of incarceration of, violence against, and deaths in custody of Aboriginals and people of African and Asian descent. Concerns were also noted about the high number of incidents of discrimination targeting Aboriginals and other minorities in employment.

Although this report smacks very much of apartheid, I would be the last person to accuse Canada, with its laudable history of racial tolerance, universal justice and strenuous efforts to ensure racial equality, of apartheid. I quoted the above data merely to illustrate the type of generalized accusations regularly made against Israel using bits of information out of context. Any informed logical person realizes that the examples I quoted reflect a completely unrealistic picture of Canada..

Bearing in mind the lesson in Mathew 7, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.", it would not be out of place for the Palestinians and Arab states who accuse Israel of apartheid to examine their own records. I am sure you are familiar with discriminatory laws in Saudi Arabia. In Lebanon too, discrimination continues to be enforced by law. According to an Amnesty International report, Palestinian refugees are barred from certain jobs, a Palestinian cook; accountant; medical doctor; hairdresser; pharmacist; engineer; concierge or lawyer is unable to practice legally and the law bars Palestinians from owning real estate and from inheriting property or even registering property that they had already bought.

Unfortunately, as in other countries, injustices do occur in Israel, but we Israelis are proud of the fact that by contrast with our neighbors, human rights groups frequently win arguments even against the state.

Referring again to your union's "support for a negotiated peace process", I hope you will agree that it would be fair and reasonable for CUPE to demonstrate its evenhandedness by adding a call to remove all barriers to such negotiations. I refer for example to article 9 of the PLO Charter which declares bluntly that the armed struggle is not merely tactical, it is the overall strategy, Article 19 which rejects the 1947 UN partition of Palestine, implying that liberating Palestine means destruction of the entire Jewish state and article 20 which unashamedly deems null and void the Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them.

As Hamas is now in government it would be in order for CUPE to call for amendment its charter, which makes it even clearer that there is absolutely no room for the peaceful negotiation CUPE calls for. Article 13 unambiguously states, "Initiatives, peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to its principles and that there is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad."

For rational negotiation to take place it would also be necessary to remove from the Hamas charter concepts which Westerners have difficulty in grasping such as the obsessive phobia about freemasons, rotary clubs, Lions and similar organizations, promising that the day Islam is in control, these organizations, will be obliterated. They are accused of everything from control of the world media, stirring the French Revolution, the Communist revolution, World War I and even of forming the League of Nations. They are alleged to have been behind World War II, and instigating replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council.

Not least among the barriers to negations which need to be removed is the continuing incitement to violence against uninvolved civilians, (women, children and invalids alike), which has been emanating for years from the mosques and PA controlled media and taught in schools from the earliest age.

I would very much appreciate a considered response, which will be publicized as is being done with this open letter.

Sincerely

Maurice Ostroff


On the CUPE Ontario Israel boycott resolution see also previous entries on ZioNation:
06/10/2006: Good news along with the boycotts?
06/04/2006: CUPE Boycott Worse than NATFHE [with Text of CUPE Decision]
06/03/2006: Boycotts again: the good, the bad, and the judges
05/30/2006: Worse than we thought - another and worse anti-Israel Boycott - CUPE - and boycott resources


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