Israel’s 60th Birthday

UK Jewish anti-Zionists decry Israel’s 60th by Dave
May 1, 2008, 12:08 pm
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UK Jewsih Anti-Zionists have published an excellent statement in the Guardian in opposition to the policies of the State of Israel (thanks Above and Beyond).

A day before Holocaust Remembrance Day and a week prior to Israel’s 60th Independence Day, a group of approximately 100 UK Jewish anti-Zionists have published a statement in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper declaring their opposition to the policies of the State of Israel.The article, published in Wednesday’s Guardian under the title “We’re not celebrating Israel’s anniversary”, accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing, violating international law, and denying Palestinians “their human rights and national aspirations”.

The statement continues to call on the Israeli government to end the embargo on Gaza and grant the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Signatories include playwright Harold Pinter, and internationally known doctor Steven Rose, British Radio 4 broadcaster Mike Rosen, Daniel Machover, the judge who filed charges against IDF reservist Doron Almog, and Haim Bresheeth, the professor of communications at the University of East London who issued the call for an academic boycott of Israel.

While the authors call the celebrations of the state’s founding in the light of the Holocaust “understandable”, the statement goes on to call Israel “a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land” and draws direct parallels between the last 60 years of Israeli policy regarding the Palestinians, and the Holocaust, quoting critic Edward Said’s claim that “what the Holocaust is to the Jews, the Naqba is to the Palestinians.”

“We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the
dispossession of another people from their land.

We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations,” said the statement.

It went on to cite the Deir Yassin massacre of 1948, mortar attacks on Palestinians in Haifa square, and “Plan Dalet”, which it claims ordered the ethnic cleansing of Arabs from Palestine.

No mention was made of any aggression, hostilities or responsibility on the Palestinian side, only calling for a time “when Arab and Jew live as equals in a peaceful Middle East”.


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We are also doing this in Chicago and the USA.
Mark you calendar for May 23-25 where we assert the Palestinian National rights. We will say it loud that we will never forget. Palestinians are the Key holders of peace. Join the thousands and strengthen the network of the thousands of activists. Express your opinion and let the many panelists know of where Palestine should go. Support our efforts to empower our community and assert the Palestinians right of return. Join the many Palestinian Americans and their supporters in Chicago commemorating the 60th year of the forced exile of the Palestinian people. Be pro active, ask questions to the Panelists and discuss the current event. We must empower ourselves and make a strong network for Justice, Peace and Freedom. Be pro active. Enough talks, actions are required.

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