Factfinder | 11.10.2002 18:55
When Theodor Hartzl, the ideological founder of the Zionist movements
in the 1890s, was asked what he proposed to do with the indigenous
Palestinian population when his "state of the Jews" become a reality,
he replied, "We will quietly spirit them across the boarder".
"For Europe", Hartzl believed, "we would constitute a bulwark against
Asia down there [in Palestine]; we would be the advance post of
civilisation against barbarism".
The Fundamental Aim of Zionist Policy
The fundamental aim of Zionist policy in Palestine from 1917 to the
United Nations-sanctioned partition in 1948 was the creation of
this "bulwark", a colonial settler state with a population made up of
the exclusively Jewish immigrants coming mainly from Europe.
The Palestinian Arabs were not simply to exploited economically. They
were to be replaced by European Jewish settlers. The Israeli State
was to be founded on the basis of the "ethnic cleansing" of Palestine
of its indigenous Arabic-speaking inhabitants.
Joseph Weitz, the head of the Jewish Agency's colonisation
department, confirmed this in his 1940 diary. "It must be clear", he
wrote, "that there is no room for both people's together in this
country - not one (Arab) village, not one tribe should be left".
The common Zionist argument- the Palestine was uninhabited land- is
comparable to the doctrine of terra nullius which was employed by a
different group of European colonists to justify the "ethnic
cleansing" of the Aboriginal tribes from much of the Australia.
The Key Foundation of the Israeli Constitution
The key foundation of the Israeli constitution and declaration of
independence is that Israel is a "Jewish state". The predominantly
Muslim and Christian Palestinians living in Israel are in theory
Israeli citizens, but they can never enjoy the same rights as
Israel's Jewish citizens.
The Zionist colonisation of Palestine is predicated upon anti-Arab
The Zionist colonisation of Palestine is predicated upon anti-Arab
racism. So accepted is this racism by Zionists that they have very
little shame in openly expressing it. In October 1973, for example,
British MP Robyn Maxwell-Hyslop told the House of Commons about the
attitude of David Hacohen, at the time the influential chairperson of
the Israeli parliament's foreign affairs committee:
"Six week after the (June 1967) war six honourable members of this
house, six from each side, including myself, went to Israel and to
Jordan as guests of these countries. There was a horrifying moment
for me. We were all present as guests at lunch of the foreign affairs
committee of the Knesset in Jerusalem. After lunch the chairman of
the foreign affairs committee of the Knesset spoke with great
intemperance and at great length to us about the Arabs.
"When he drew breath I was constrained to say, 'Doctor Hocohen, I am
profoundly shocked that you should speak of other human beings in
terms similar to those in which [Nazi Journalist] Julius Streicher
spoke of the Jews. Have you learned nothing?" I shall remember his
reply to my dying day. He smote the table with both hands and
said, "but they are not human beings, they are not people, they are
Since its formation in 1948, Israel has worked hard to portray itself
as a beleaguered oasis of democracy in the Middle East, a tiny
outpost of decency constantly and incessantly threatened by hordes of
bloodthirsty Arabs who are blinded by their irrational hatred of
Judaism that they refuse to leave the peace-loving Israel alone.
Criticism of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians is routinely
branded as "anti-semitism". Zionist leaders have used the murder of
six million Jews by the Nazis during the second world war to justify
their own genocidal campaign against the indigenous Palestinian
Israel is a RACIST APARTHEID state
The Jewish state of Israel is a racist apartheid state. In the same
way the apartheid South Africa was an attempt to build an anti-black,
exclusively white-controlled state on African land, Israel is an
attempt to build an anti-Arab, exclusively Jewish-controlled state on
The significance of this uprising can be seen in the mass
participation in protests in the West Bank and Gaza, the concurrent
and unprecedented uprising among Palestinians living in Israel and
the large, and growing, expressions of solidarity from around the
The 1952 Law of Entry
Anti-Arab racism is Israel is not only expressed in the attitudes of
Israeli Jews towards Arabs, but it is embedded in the Israeli legal
The 1952 Law of Entry, for example, states that whatever "does not
hold an immigration visa or immigration certificate" can face
immediate deportation by the interior minister or can be denied visa
at any time.
But who is able to qualify for such a visa? The Law of Return
restricts immigration visas solely to Jews. Palestinian refugees are
therefore legally barred from re-entering Israel. The interior
minister also has the ability to withdraw residence from non-Jews
regardless of how long they have been living in Israel.
The 1952 Citizenship Law
The 1952 Citizenship Law is also discriminatory, in that it allows
only Jews the right to retain their former citizenship after becoming
Israeli citizens. The same law obliges non-Jews to renounce their
former citizenship before becoming citizens.
Many discriminatory rulings have been delivered by Jewish Rabbinical
courts which are recognised as part of Israel's judiciary. Under
Jewish religious laws non-Jews are unable to validly testify in
"Harlot" (prostitute) ?
A "Harlot" (prostitute) is designated in the Torah as any women who
is not "a daughter of Israel" or who has sex with a man she is
forbidden to marry. According to this interpretation, all non-Jewish
women are considered "harlots" under the Jewish religious law.
Under the Military Service Law am enumerator is appointed to call up
draftees to be conscripted into the Israeli army. But the enumerator
also has the authority to refuse to conscript certain people; i.e.,
Arabs Palestinians and therefore denied all benefits, access to many
jobs and the right to lease homes or land controlled by government
bodies, as it is stipulated that candidates must be draftees.
Israel was founded by driving out of some 850 000 Palestinians from
the territory conquered by the Zionist state in 1948. The number of
Palestinians living in refugee camps now totals more than 3 million.
Why any Jew from anywhere in the world has the right to settle in
Israel under the Law of Return. Israel refuses to even enter
negotiations about allowing Palestinian refugees to return to their
Instead the refugees have been the target of further Israeli abuses
of human rights such as when the Israeli army provided protection for
and co-ordinated the ultra-right Phalange militia as it massacred
over 2000 Palestinian women and children in the Sabra and Shatila
refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982.
Israel has dealt with the problem of refugees in the Gaza Strip by
bulldozing refugee camps.
Under the 1948 UN-sponsored partition Israel was granted 54% of
Palestine. The Palestinians reject the partition on the grounds that
the setting up of the Israeli State would necessarily lead to the
ethnic-cleansing of the local Palestinian population.
By 1948, Israel had taken control of 78% of Palestinian territory.
Between 1948 and 1967 90% of Palestine had been grabbed by the
Before 1948 there were 475 Arab villages within the boarders of what
became the state of Israel by 1973, 385 of these have been destroyed
by the Israeli authorities. In 1948, the average amount of arable
land for each Palestinian village was 923 hectares; by 1974 it had
diminished to 202 hectares as a result of the expropriation of Arab
The majority of the expropriations were carried out within the
framework of Israeli civilian law.
Laws with relatively benign sounding names such as the Law of
Acquisition of Absentee Property. Emergency articles for the
expropriation Uncultivated Lands, the Law for Acquisition of Land and
the Law for the Requisition of Land in Times of Emergency were passed
in the early years of the Israeli state.
The Emergency Articles for the Exploitation
The Emergency Articles for the Exploitation of Uncultivated Lands
were typically invoked after the military governor had designated a
piece of land as a "defence area" to which civilians were denied
access. The Palestinian owners of this land would be unable to farm
it and so it would become fallow. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture
would then declare the land "uncultivated" and order its
The Law of Acquisition of Absentee Property
The Law of Acquisition of Absentee Property gave the Israeli state
the legal right to confiscate all Arab land unless the owners could
produce documentary evidence showing they owned that land and also
providing they had not left their residence between September 29,
1947 and September 1 1948 to go anywhere outside Jewish control. It
was often impossible for many Arabs to prove land ownership as most
land was never registered but had passed on through hereditary right.
Only for the Jews
By 1981 one third of the West Bank - conquered by Israel during its
June 1967 war against Jordan - had been expropriated. Today 60% of
land in the West Bank is owned by non-Arab Israeli settlers even
though they constitute a tinny minority of the population.
In Gaza there are 6000 Israeli Jewish settlers living among a
population of one million Palestinians. Yet 42% of the land in Gaza
is owned by the Jews.
Ninety four percent of land in Israel is under the administration of
the Jewish National Fund, a member of the World Zionist Organisation.
This land can be leased only to Jews. Palestinians and all other non-
Jews are excluded from leasing this land without exception.
Israeli settlements are continually being constructed in the occupied
territories. They are often built on strategic sites which overlook
Palestinian towns and villages. Israeli settlements now form a ring
around Jerusalem, isolating the Palestinian population from the main
Palestinian towns to the south: Hebron and Bethelehem.
The number of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories has
increased from three at the end of 1967 to 195 today. New settlements
continued to be constructed on Palestinian land throughout the so
called "peace process".
The Israeli government has also pursued a grossly discriminatory
water policy in order to control and enforce the dependence of
Palestinians in the occupied territories. In Gaza in 1985, for
instance, Israeli settlers consumed 2326 cubic metres of water per
person; Palestinians were allowed to consume only 123 cubic metres
During the "peace process" the Israeli government pursued the policy
of "closure" around the occupied territories. Closure became a policy
Eight road blocks were set up between Israel and the territories.
Israeli settlers were allowed to pass through freely. Palestinians
were not. These restrictions led to 90 000 Palestinians losing their
jobs as well as they were prevented from travelling to Israel to
With the mass uprising in the occupied territories in 1987 -the
intifada - the Israeli government begun to issue identification
cards. These cards list a "nationality" - either Jewish, Arab, Druze,
Circassian, Samaritan, Kara'ite or foreign.
The Jews should be Discriminated around the World!
The purpose of the ID cards was to increase the ability of the
Israeli government to restrict the travel of non-Jews. Palestinians
living in the West Bank are routinely prevented from travelling to
the Gaza Strip because they would have to travel through Israeli
The cards also allow for discrimination against non-Jews when they
apply at government offices for service regarding the acquisition of
property, government support for young couples, educational curricula
and government support for schools.
The Israeli Education System = Nazi System
The Israeli education system is totally Jewish and racist in content.
Almost no Arab history is covered and there are no Arab textbooks in
the Israeli curricula.
Palestinians also face significant barriers to gaining a university
education. In 1969, out of the 37, 343 students in higher education,
only 700 were Arabs.
Nazi = Israel
A key component of Israeli rule in the occupied territories has been
to ensure that Palestinians remain economically dependent upon
Israel. No significant industry has been permitted to develop in the
West Bank or in Gaza.
Most industrial and agricultural development in Israel is the
exclusive preserve of the quasi-official Jewish agency. The by-laws
of the Jewish Agency prevent it from offering any services to non-
In consequences Palestinians are concentrated in the lowest paying
jobs and from a super-exploited labour force for Israeli capital.
The Zionist Labour Movement
The Zionist labour movement, dominated by white European Jews,
refuses to organise Palestinian workers. The Zionist labour movement
fought strongly to exclude all Palestinians from employment in Israel
in the years immediately following the founding of the Israeli state.
The Zionist Ghetto
Today the occupied territories import 93% of the goods their
inhabitants consume and export a mere 7% of what they produce.
Palestinian exports to Western Europe have been banned so as not to
compete with Israeli exports.
Israel has implemented a land tax, a value-added tax and export taxes
upon Palestinians while subsidies and credit are made available to
Jewish farmers and denied to Palestinians.
Electricity, sewerage, roads and water supplies are provided free to
Israeli households whereas many Palestinian communities in Israel,
let alone the occupied territories, have existed for decades without
The occupied territories are economically depressed to the extent
that 90% of Palestinian workers must travel to Jewish towns to find
employment. In Gaza, one in five workers are unemployed.
Mother of all con
Yet, despite all the injustices and discrimination perpetrated by the
Israeli state, Israel is far from an international pariah as was
apartheid South Africa. As Elmer Burger, a Jewish-American Rabbi,
explained: "Most of the world remains unaware of the dynamic of
racial discrimination in the 'only democracy in the Middle East'
because Zionism's propagandist rate with the world's best in phrasing
plausible, even sympathy-attracting camouflage for the Israeli
policies which flow from Zionism's racism; 'security', 'law and
order', 'pereventing fifth column sub-version'. Such verbal disguises
restrain the faithful of the democratic tradition from insisting upon
But this is only a partial explanation. The nature of the apartheid
regime in Israel has also been obfuscated and white-washed with the
help of the Western "democracies", including the United States and
Australia, whose rulers consider it in their interests to support and
protect Israel's abuses of the human rights of the Palestinian people.
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