e-Zion Israel News
The National Lawyers Guild is circulating a resolution "condemning Zionism as Racism." The National Lawyers Guild bills itself as a "Association of progressive lawyers, legal workers, law students and jailhouse lawyers.."
The people signed on this resolution are known for holding opinions such as Zionists are taking over the grocery industry in the United states.
The resolution, which passed their convention by nearly a 2/3 majority, has now been sent to members to ratify it. Let's hope that real progressives in the rank and file refuse this resolution. "Zionism is racism" resolutions are OK in Afghanistan or the Sudan. Respectable progressives and pro-Palestinians have condemned such actions. John Strawson has written:
While there are honorable Anti-Zionist positions they are few. On the whole Anti-Zionism is close to, or a mask for, Anti-Semitism.. MORE
This lawyer joke is not so funny.
Zionism and Race
Strawson on anti-Zionism
Forum Discussion: Lawyers Guild "Zionism is Racism" resolution
At the 2005 National Lawyers Guild convention held in Portland, OR., a group of anti-Zionist NLG members put forth a resolution " Condemning Zionism As A Form Of Racism."
The resolution commanded a significant majority of NLG convention members, despite attempts to dilute it.
By supporting the resolution with an overwhelming majority vote of 100 in favor, 47 against, and 10 abstentions, the NLG convention members sent a loud and clear message where they stand. The result was a clear 2/3 rd majority vote required for the resolution to pass at the convention.
However, due to a lack of procedural clarity on whether "abstentions" count as "votes," the resolution will now be sent to the entire NLG membership by mail ballot.
It is critical that our community actively mobilize support for this resolution--every vote counts. Let us find NLG members and urge them to vote. Let us strongly encourage them to join the courageous majority of the NLG members who voted in favor of this resolution in the convention by:
Together we can make it happen. Please see resolution below
EMERGENCY RESOLUTION CONDEMNING ZIONISM AS A FORM OF RACISM
WHEREAS, the National Lawyers Guild has a long and proud history of fighting racism.
WHEREAS, the National Lawyers Guild has passed numerous resolutions in support of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the
WHEREAS, from 1975 to 1991 United Nations Resolution 3379 determined "Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination," citing several resolutions by various states, including resolution 77 (XII) adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity at its twelfth ordinary session, 28 July to 1 August 1975, which noted
"that the racist regime in occupied Palestine and the racist regime in Zimbabwe and South Africa have a common imperialist origin, forming a whole and having the same racist structure and being organically linked in their policy aimed at repression of the dignity and integrity of the human being"
WHEREAS, a review by the United Nations of the performance of Israel under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in May of 2003 raises serious concerns regarding continuing institutionalized and systematic racism directed by Israel against Palestinians:
"The Committee is deeply concerned about the continuing difference in treatment between Jews and non-Jews….and "reiterate[d] its concern that the excessive emphasis upon the state as a "Jewish state' encourages discrimination and accords a second-class status to its non-Jewish citizens."
WHEREAS, the United Nations recognizes that such institutionalized and systematic racism is intimately connected to Israel and its persistent denial of the right of Palestinian refugees to return, stating:
"The Committee is particularly concerned about the status of 'Jewish Nationality' which is a ground for exclusive preferential treatment for persons of Jewish nationality under the Israeli Law of Return, granting them automatic citizenship and financial government benefits, thus resulting in practice in discriminatory treatment against non-Jews, in particular Palestinian refugees."
WHEREAS , the very establishment of Israel in 1948 was based on racist violence aimed at expelling the Palestinian presence from the land, when Zionist occupation forces razed over 450 Palestinian villages, expelled at least 800,000 Palestinians from their cities and villages, and massacred countless other Palestinians.
WHEREAS, the ongoing war crimes of Israel against the Palestinian people are a continuation of this institutionalized and systematic violence.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the National Lawyers Guild:
IMPLEMENTATION: By the Guild's anti-racism committee and the NEC.
You are reading this article at E-Zion Israel News
Copyright belongs to the author. Please contact the author for reprint permission
This site provides resources about Zionism and Israeli history, including links to source documents. We are not responsible for the information content of these sites.
Please do copy these links, and tell your friends about http://www.zionism-israel.com Zionism and Israel Information Center
Sister sites: Zionism and Israel Pages Zionism and Israel on the Web
Friends and informative sites:
Zionism - Definition and Brief History - A balanced article that covers the definitions and history of Zionism as well as opposition to Zionism and criticisms by Arabs, Jewish anti-Zionists.
Labor Zionism - Early History and Critique- Contribution of Labor Zionism to the creation of the Jewish state, and problems of Labor Zionism in a changing reality.
Active Zionism - A Zionist advocacy site with many useful links
La Bibliothèque Proche Orientale- Le Grand Mufti Husseini
The Grand Mufti Haj Amin El Husseini
Israel-Palestina - (Dutch) Middle East Conflict, Israel, Palestine,Zionism... Israël-Palestina Informatie -gids Israël, Zionisme, Palestijnen en Midden-Oosten conflict... Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a European perspective - Dutch and English.
Zionisme - israelinformatie- Zionisme Israel/Jodendom Israelisch-Palestijns Conflict Anti-Semitisme Shoa - a Dutch Web site with many useful Jewish, Zionism and Israel links (in English too).
Googletestad - What is it, and why it is important for us
Forum Discussion: Lawyers Guild "Zionism is Racism" resolution
ZioNation - Zionism-Israel Web Log Zionism & Israel News Israel: like this, as if History of Zionism Zionism FAQ Zionism Israel Center Maps of Israel Jew Zionism and its Impact Israel Christian Zionism Site Map