Racist Disengagement (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS OP-ED) by Shmuel Neumann, Ph.D. 01/31/05)
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Racial tension between Jews and Gentiles is often reflected in
Yiddish jokes. For example:
An elderly Jewish couple, Max and Sadie, converted to Christianity.
Waking up early, Max put on tefillin. Sadie hollered at him, "Max,
you don´t have to put on tefillin anymore, you converted!" With the
heel of his hand, he hits his head exclaiming, "Goyishe kop!"
A Jew was being pestered by a Cossack that followed him around to
annoy him. The Jew went into a restaurant; the Cossack went into the
restaurant. The Jew sat down at a table, the Cossack sat down at a
table opposite him. The Jew calls out his order, "Waiter, some fish!"
To irritate the Jew, the Cossack loudly calls out his order, "Waiter,
some pig!" After eating, the Jew calls out, "Waiter, some
schnapps, ´let the fish swim´." Not to be outdone, the Cossack calls
out, "Waiter some vodka, ´let the pig drink´."
These racial jokes are funny proportionate to the degree of one´s
subconscious fear. In real life, racism is not a laughing matter.
Especially after the Holocaust, racism against Jews, even by Jews, is
intolerable. During the Holocaust, Jews, called kapos, were forced by
the Nazis to implement racial genocide. It is also a horrible tragedy
and a pathetic sight to see certain Israeli government officials
compelled by "their good friend" the United States to implement
ethnic cleansing, not by genocide, but by expulsion. This expulsion
of Jews, not necessarily Israelis, is racist.
It is illegal to advocate ejecting Arabs from their homes and
forcibly removing them from Israel. How can it be legal to advocate
forcibly removing Jews from their homes? While the government may
elect to dismantle Israeli army bases and outposts, they have no
legal right to remove only Israeli Jews and not remove Israeli Arabs
or Christians. It has no right to remove Jews of other nationalities
who purchase a farm in Judea or Samaria and wish to farm their
private property and live on their farm. If it has such a right, then
it must remove any non-Israeli Muslim or Christian farmers from their
independent farms, as well.
If certain Jewish settlements are deemed illegal and therefore slated
for demolition, then illegal Arab settlements must be demolished as
well. The Israeli government is in possession of aerial photographs
of each village and town from 1917 until the present, and is well
aware that many villages and towns existing today were built by
squatters who grabbed land and illegally built houses. Often the
houses were built on other people´s land, even land purchased decades
before by individual Jews or by the Jewish National Fund. All of
these communities must be demolished if any Jewish communities are to
be evacuated and demolished. If the government refuses to demolish
illegal Arab houses, then their policy of evacuating Jewish houses,
farms and communities is racism against Jews and must not be
One might speculate if there were, hypothetically, 10 Christians
living in a Jewish settlement that was slated for evacuation, and 10
Israeli Jews living in Jenin, then wouldn´t the Christians be
evacuated with the rest of the community and wouldn´t the Jews be
permitted to remain in Jenin? Certainly, the Christians would be
evacuated together with the Jews from a Jewish settlement. However,
if they had a monastery in Bethlehem or anywhere else in Palestinian-
controlled Judea, Samaria or Gaza, then they certainly would not be
evacuated, nor would their church or monastery be demolished. The 10
Jews in Jenin, however, would not be evacuated, but imprisoned,
because Israel makes it illegal for Jews to enter Area "A". That is,
unless the Palestinians got to them first, in which case they would
torture and mutilate the Jews as they did to those Jews who made a
wrong turn and found themselves in Ramallah.
The central point is that Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice would
never tolerate removing blacks from any neighborhood, not just in the
United States, but anywhere in the world. They do, however, insist
that Jews, not just Israelis, be forcibly removed from all areas of
Judea, Samaria and Gaza. When they speak of pre-1967 borders, they
are talking about removing Jews from Ramat Eshkol, the Old City,
Mamilla and many neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
This reverse discrimination is not only in relation to settlements,
but to land registration. If an Arab registers a land sale in Beit
El´s land office, the land registration is recorded seamlessly. If a
Jew records a sale from an Arab, the land office notifies the
Palestinian Authority of the land sale and the land registration can
take 15-20 years. In the interim, the Arab seller and real estate
agents are killed by the so-called Palestinians, eliminating all
witnesses to the sale. As a result, often the land sale is never
recorded. This is racism, pure and simple.
This racism against Jews goes beyond the issue of settlements or land
registration. The Israeli government interprets its own laws against
racism to protect Arabs, but not Jews. For example, in Israel it is
illegal to hire only Jews, but it appears to not be illegal to hire
only Arabs. For instance, there is one chain of gas stations that I
frequented throughout Israel, and every single one of them had only
Arab employees at the gas pumps. While it is their prerogative to
employ Arabs, it is not their prerogative to hire only Arabs. This is
a violation of racism laws and should be prosecuted not just in a
civil action, but in a criminal action, as well.
While ironically, blatant racism against Jews is rampant in Israel,
it is the United States that initiated and perpetuated racist
policies against Jews. Their dogged insistence that Jews must be
forcibly removed from their farms, even those that were bona fide
purchases, is unconscionable. Their insistence that all Jews be
removed from Gaza, from Judea and from Samaria, is not only
repugnant, but violates America´s own constitutional laws. While the
Constitution is not extraterritorial and applies only within the
United States, employees of the United States government are barred
from violating the civil rights of other Americans overseas. The
attorney-general of the United States has the jurisdiction to examine
any illegal, racist action by an employee of the federal government.
While the public entity enjoys immunity from suit, as do federal
employees, there are exceptions - including civil rights violations.
Furthermore, the United States offering financial aid to the
Palestinians is also illegal. In order to compel South Africa to end
apartheid, the United States passed laws to prevent trade with racist
regimes. As such, the United States is barred from contributing to
racist activities and from providing aid to racist regimes. The laws
are on the books, but it takes precedent-making legal actions to
compel adherence to these laws.
There are moments in history that a status quo was reevaluated. For
centuries, there were certain conventions regarding Jews in Europe:
they were categorically forbidden to own land and to participate in
certain professions. As a people, they were expelled from country to
country or restricted to a certain region. They certainly were not
During the French Revolution, everything was at a standstill for
three days. In the transition from monarchy to republic, the French
revolutionaries couldn´t make up their mind whether or not to allow
Jews to be citizens. After three days of heated debate, they finally
felt compelled to permit Jews to be full citizens, to be consistent
with their stated ideals of equality, fraternity and liberty.
The new state of Palestine that the free world is eager to create
must similarly decide whether they will continue with their racist
policies or permit Jews to purchase land in Palestine, to do business
there, to live there and to be equal voting citizens. Currently, an
Arab that sells land or houses to Jews is executed. This is not an
extra-judicial, terrorist act, but the direct implementation of the
PA´s racist laws. There is a trial and the land dealer is killed,
either by firing squad or by execution by their security force, after
being tortured and mutilated. The property sale need not be in Judea,
Samaria or Gaza, but any Arab selling property to Jews in Jerusalem,
Tel Aviv, the Galilee, or anywhere else within the Green Line, is
also subject to the death penalty.
The Abus (Ala and Mazen) are making a big show of the single national
election since Yasser Arafat was elected to illustrate that Palestine
is a democracy. However, before a Republic of Palestine is
established, even if it is restricted to portions of Gaza, they will
have to determine the future role of non-Muslims in their country,
just as the French had to put the Dark Ages behind them in the French
In a real democracy, people would not have to be forcibly removed
from their homes because of religion. If the government changed, the
residents would have the option of becoming citizens of the new
regime. There is absolutely no justification to remove one Jew, not
from his farm and certainly not his entire Jewish community. In a
democracy, there is no reason that the current residents could not
become dual citizens of Israel and Palestine. After all, all Jews
that lived in Israel before 1948 were Palestinians. Non-Israeli Jews,
for example, American Jews, should be permitted to remain and be
awarded Palestinian citizenship in addition to their American one.
Conversely, if all Israelis must be removed, then Israeli Arabs and
Christians must be also forcibly removed.
There is no alternative but to challenge the patently illegal racist
activities of the United States State Department, the Palestinian
Authority and the Israeli government.
Professor Jack Golbert is heading a team of attorneys that will
research and initiate legal actions both in the United States and
Israel. Lawyers who wish to join the class action civil rights suit,
American citizens living in Gaza and Samaria regions that are slated
for expulsion, and those who can contribute to legal costs (not legal
fees) are asked to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(IsraelNationalNews © 01/31/05)
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