- There are some pretty choice quotes from shockingly honest
- 1. "We came here to a country that was populated
by Arabs and we are building here a Hebrew, a Jewish state; instead of
the Arab villages, Jewish villages were established. You even do not know
the names of those villages, and I do not blame you because these villages
no longer exist. There is not a single Jewish settlement that was not established
in the place of a former Arab Village." Moshe Dyan, March 19,
1969, speech at the Technion in Haifa, quoted in Ha'aretz, April 4, 1969.
- The State of Israel was built after a movement called
Zionism.The term Zionism first came to public attention as a result of
the works of Viennese Jewish journalist Theodor Herzl, who argued in his
1896 book Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) that the best way of avoiding
anti-Semitism in Europe was to create an independent Jewish state or national
homeland. (He was originally thinking of Uganda or South America). The
movement eventually culminated in establishing the State of Israel in 1948
in Palestine. Some 700,000 Palestinians became refugees and a similar number
of Jews arrived in the new state. Since then, the term "Zionism"
properly refers to supporters of the Israeli state.
- The term racism refers to discriminatory beliefs and
practices that presume inherent and significant differences exist between
different human races; that assume these traits can be measured on a scale
of "superior" to "inferior"; and that can result in
the social, political and economic advantage of one group in relation to
- In November 1975, the United Nations General Assembly
Resolution 3379 declared that "Zionism is a form of racism and racial
discrimination." In December 1991, the General Assembly rescinded
this resolution through Resolution 4686. At the time, the Soviet Union,
a major sponsor of the "Zionism is racism" doctrine (see Zionology),
had completed its rapid collapse. Israel made revocation of resolution
3379 a condition of its participation in the Madrid Peace Conference.
- Some Racist statements by main Israeli and Zionist
- * "The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more
you give them meat, they want more".... Ehud Barak, Prime Minister
of Israel at the time - August 28, 2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post
August 30, 2000.
- * " (The Palestinians are) beasts walking on two
legs." Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk,
"Begin and the Beasts". New Statesman, 25 June 1982.
- * "The Palestinians" would be crushed like
grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls." "
Isreali Prime Minister (at the time) in a speech to Jewish settlers New
York Times April 1, 1988.
- * "When we have settled the land, all the Arabs
will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches
in a bottle." Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence
Forces, New York Times, 14 April 1983.
- * "How can we return the occupied territories? There
is nobody to return them to." Golda Maier, March 8, 1969.
- * "There was no such thing as Palestinians, they
never existed." Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969.
- * "The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging
over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence
is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war." Israeli
General Matityahu Peled, Ha'aretz, 19 March 1972.
- * Ben Gurion also warned in 1948 : "We must do everything
to insure they ( the Palestinians) never do return." Assuring his
fellow Zionists that Palestinians will never come back to their homes.
"The old will die and the young will forget."
- * "We declare openly that the Arabs have no right
to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel... Force is all they do
or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians
come crawling to us on all fours." Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of
the Israeli Defense Forces - Gad Becker, Yediot Ahronot 13 April 1983,
New York Times 14 April 1983.
- * "We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinian
refugees) never do return" David Ben-Gurion, in his diary, 18 July
1948, quoted in Michael Bar Zohar's Ben-Gurion: the Armed Prophet, Prentice-Hall,
1967, p. 157.
- * "We should prepare to go over to the offensive.
Our aim is to smash Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, and Syria. The weak point is
Lebanon, for the Moslem regime is artificial and easy for us to undermine.
We shall establish a Christian state there, and then we will smash the
Arab Legion, eliminate Trans-Jordan; Syria will fall to us. We then bomb
and move on and take Port Said, Alexandria and Sinai." David Ben-Gurion,
May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael
Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.
- * "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation,
land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee
of its Arab population." Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum."
- * "Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab
villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I
do not blame you because geography books no longer exist... There is not
a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."
Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April
- * "We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us.
Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?'
Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'"
Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the
New York Times, 23 October 1979.
- * Rabin's description of the conquest of Lydda, after
the completion of Plan Dalet. "We shall reduce the Arab population
to a community of woodcutters and waiters" Uri Lubrani, PM Ben-Gurion's
special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960. From "The Arabs in Israel"
by Sabri Jiryas.
- * "There are some who believe that the non-Jewish
population, even in a high percentage, within our borders will be more
effectively under our surveillance; and there are some who believe the
contrary, i.e., that it is easier to carry out surveillance over the activities
of a neighbor than over those of a tenant. [I] tend to support the latter
view and have an additional argument:...the need to sustain the character
of the state which will henceforth be Jewish...with a non-Jewish minority
limited to 15 percent. I had already reached this fundamental position
as early as 1940 [and] it is entered in my diary." Joseph Weitz, head
of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department. From Israel: an Apartheid
State by Uri Davis, p.5.
- * "Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops
as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will
stay ours... Everything we don't grab will go to them." Ariel Sharon,
Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme
right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.
- * "It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain
to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts
that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism,colonialization
or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation
of their lands." Yoram Bar Porath, Yediot Aahronot, of 14 July 1972.
- * "Spirit the penniless population across the frontier
by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal
of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly." Theodore
Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs
of Palestine,Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry.
- * "One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail."
-- Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 (Source: N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994,
- * "We will establish ourselves in Palestine whether
you like it or not...You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard
it. It is however better for you to help us so as to avoid our constructive
powers being turned into a destructive power which will overthrow the world."
(Chaim Weizmann, Published in "Judische Rundschau," No. 4, 1920).
- Arie Dayan: "The Debate over Zionism and Racism:
An Israeli View"; Haaretz, 27 December 1991; translated in Journal
of Palestine Studies, Vol. 22, No. 3. (Spring, 1993), pp. 96-105.
- Michael Adams: "Israel's Treatment of the Arabs
in the Occupied Territories"; Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 6,
No. 2. (Winter, 1977), pp. 19-40.
- Janice J. Terry: "Zionist Attitudes toward Arabs;
Journal of Palestine Studies", Vol. 6, No. 1. (Autumn, 1976), pp.
- Roselle Tekiner: "Race and the Issue of National
Identity in Israel"; International Journal of Middle East Studies,
Vol. 23, No. 1. (Feb., 1991), pp. 39-55.
- Right of return
- The Israeli law of the right of return which, despite
Israel's otherwise restrictive immigration policies, grant every Jew in
the world the right to settle in Israel. This is especially agitating for
the Palestinian refugees, who were expeled from their lands that is modern
Israel, but are denied their right to return.
- The Article 11 of the UN General Assembly Resolution
194, "resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes
and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at
the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for
the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage
to property...". Like many other resolutions by UN, Israel still refuse
to comply with this resolution.
- Many opponents of Zionism declare that Zionism is racist,
and compare its continuation to the reform of Germany's former 'Blood Laws',
which had allowed ethnic Germans to claim citizenship, even if they were
nationals of another country.
- Zionism Racism Against Some Jews
- Zionists hold that any person may choose to become a
Jew, after meeting the necessary requirements, and enjoy all the benefits
and responsibilities of membership. Since anyone can (i.e., regardless
of race, ethnicity or nationality) both join the Jewish people and equally
enjoy the benefits of membership, Zionists conclude that Zionism is anti-Racist
among jews at least. Even this claim was challenged all over the history
of Israel. The jews of Eastern origins (called Sephardim or Mizrahim) suffered
from various kinds of racism by Ashkenazic Jews.
- The Jewishness of many jewish minorities in Israel (like
the Ethiopian Jews, the Russian Jews and Indian Jews) has been always questioned
by the religious authorities.
- In many Israeli settlements they refuse to accept Falasha
jews and The Falasha rabbis privileges are not recognized in Israel
and the unemployment rate among them is at least three times the Israeli
- According to prof. Esther Herzog: The Falasha jews where
brought to Israel to work in the inferior jobs... and they are considered
as third class citizens (after the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim).
- Falasha used to complain from the systematic racism against
them everywhre in Israel because of their origin and black colour. In the
last few years Falasha demonstrations erupted after the exposure of the
scandal of throwing the blood donated by Falasha in the Israeli hospitals
and medical clinics.
- The modern founder of Zionism Theodor Herzl once said:
- "It is essential that the sufferings of Jews. .
. become worse. . . this will assist in realization of our plans. . .I
have an excellent idea. . . I shall induce anti-semites to liquidate Jewish
wealth. . . The anti-semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen
the persecution and oppression of Jews. The anti-semites shall be our best
- UN resolutions
- Main articles: United Nations General Assembly Resolution
3379 and UN General Assembly Resolution 4686
- On November 10, 1975 the United Nations General Assembly
adopted, by a vote of 72 to 35 (with 32 abstentions), Resolution 3379,
which stated that "Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination."
- However, on 16 December 1991, it was rescinded by Resolution
4686, with a vote of 111 to 25 (with 13 abstentions). The resolution 4686
was acheived under a severe pressure from US and Israel. Israel made it
a condition to participate in the Peace process in the Middle East.