"Apartheid",- the new label for Israel by the UN Secretary General.
The interesting book ( GLOBALISING HATRED. The new anti-Semitism. Denis MacShane)reviewed by Christopher Hitchens on TimesOnLine about "the New Anti-Semitism" elicited several comments from readers. Hitchens (see following post) is virtually saying that “the new anti-Semites” cannot bear the success of the Jews, whether in the USA, the world or in Israel (their "shitty little country”?)
It is amazing how often the label "apartheid Israel" is now used, even by those purporting not to be anti-Semites. No wonder,-after all, the President of the UN General Assembly accused Israel of Apartheid and called for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel on the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 24/11/08.
Really? What was the UN Partition Plan of 29/11/1945 meant to be, except the separation of the Moslem and Jewish populations in Palestine? Now it is being called “apartheid”?
What do these people think happened to disintegrating countries such as Yugoslavia in the ‘90s, or India-Pakistan-Bangladesh in '48? What have been the conflicts among the Northern Irish,- what will be happening to the feuding Iraqis, Afghanis, or to the many African warring-tribes and countries, etc.,? Why are they not called apartheid situations?
In all cases, religion is playing its part because it is not simply a matter of private conscience, but of people’s national identity as well. It is Ok for the Jews as far as these accusers are concerned, to be submerged and overwhelmed by their enemies, while every other group is ignored by the UN and Mr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, a former official of the World Council of Churches. ) because for them it's not about apartheid,- just religious nationalism?
Well, we Jews call it Zionism.
Ref."BALKAN IDOLS: RELIGION AND NATIONALISM IN BALKAN STATES." (Viekoslav Perika)part of series on "Religion and Global Politics" available from AMAZON ONLINE.
EYE ON THE UN
Ed. ANNE BAYEFSKY
UN General Assembly President Accuses Israel of Apartheid and calls for a boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel
NEW YORK - The President of the UN General Assembly has launched an unprecedented attack on a UN member state from the Assembly podium. Going beyond even existing UN resolutions, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua accused Israel of apartheid and called for "a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions" against it. Reminiscent of a classic antisemitic slur, Brockmann (himself a Roman Catholic priest and one-time official of the World Council of Churches) also claimed our Palestinian "brothers and sisters are being crucified" by Israel.
His remarks were made on November 24, 2008 during the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This annual event marks the adoption of the General Assembly's partition resolution which called for the creation of a Jewish and an Arab state on November 29, 1947.
"Brockmann's assault is a gross abuse of the position of Assembly President," commented Anne Bayefsky, Editor of EYEontheUN. "He knows full well that his outrageous personal views will be translated into six languages and webcast around the world." Brockmann assumed the Presidency in September 2008, having been nominated by the Latin American and Caribbean regional group.
Brockmann made the apartheid allegation twice in one day, once in the morning at the annual meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and again in the General Assembly in the afternoon. In his words:
"I spoke this morning about apartheid and how Israeli policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories appear so similar to the apartheid of an earlier era, a continent away. I believe it is very important that we in the United Nations use this term. We must not be afraid to call something what it is. It is the United Nations, after all, that passed the International Convention against the Crime of Apartheid, making clear to all the world that such practices of official discrimination must be outlawed wherever they occur."
"Brockmann's call," said Bayefsky, "was in effect, a call for the political destruction of Israel by means of the same strategy adopted against apartheid South Africa." Brockmann said:
"More than twenty years ago we in the United Nations took the lead from civil society when we agreed that sanctions were required to provide a non-violent means of pressuring South Africa…Today, perhaps we in the United Nations should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel…"
The adoption of the 1947 partition resolution, accepted by Jews and rejected by Arabs, is now bemoaned by the UN. Former Secretary-General Kofi Annan described Palestinian Solidarity Day as "a day of mourning and a day of grief." This year, as in years past, the UN used the occasion to fly only two flags, that of "Palestine" and that of the United Nations. Though the resolution was ostensibly the