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Friday, December 21, 1984 37

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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The linkage of Zionism and racism

Conferences around the world are
addressing the infamous 1975 U.N. resolution.

Washington (JTA) — Nine
years after the United Nations
General Assembly adopted a reso-
lution equating Zionism with ra-
cism, American and Israeli offi-
cials agree that the resolution is
being used as the basis for the in-
ternational effort to delegitimize
and destroy the State of Israel.
We have all been guilty of an
egregious act of omission" by ig-
noring the resolution over the
years, Meir Rosenne, Israel's Am-
bassador to the United States,
told a recent all-day seminar on
the U.N. resolution at the State
Department. He said that because
U.N. resolutions are not binding
we simply did not realize what
was at stake" since the General
Assembly adopted the resolution
on Nov. 10, 1975.
The seminar, held in conjunc-
tion with International Human
Rights Day, was sponsored by the
World Zionist Organization, the
World Jewish Congress and B'nai
B'rith International. It is the sec-
ond of five such seminars to be
held around the world in an effort
to alert public opinion, according
to Uzi Narkiss, chairman of the
WZO's information department.
The first was held Nov. 11 at the
Presidential residence in
Jerusalem and hosted by
President Chaim Herzog, who
was Israel's Ambassador to the
United Nations when the
Zionism-is-racism resolution was
adopted. Narkiss said other semi-
nars will be held in Paris in
March, London in May, and
Buenos Aires in July.
The speakers outlined the
anti-Israeli effects of the resolu-
tion. Rosenne noted that the reso-
lution has been distributed in mil-
lions of copies around the world
and has found its way into
textbooks from the primary
schools to the universities.
Jeane Kirkpatrick, the U.S.
Ambassador to the United Na-
tions, stressed the continuing at-
tack on Israel at the United Na-
tions, and she and others noted
that attacks on Israel were used
as an indirect means of attacking
the United States.
"Israel would already have
been expelled from the United
Nations had it not been for the
laws on our books making it clear
that if the State of Israel is denied
participation in any body of the
United Nations the United States
will withdraw also and will with..
hold all financial contributions,
until Israel's right to participate
has been restored," Kirkpatrick
declared.
Elliott Abrams, Assistant Sec-
retary of State for Human Rights
and Humanitarian Affairs,
charged that the gradual impact
of the U.N. resolution was respon-
sible for the analogies with the
Nazis used in the world press in
describing Israel's invasion of
Lebanon.
Abrams declared that "the im-
pact of the Zionism-as-racism
resolution has been enormous,
and that, by serving to legitimize
anti-Semitism, it continues to
pose a major threat to the survival
of Israel and the Jewish people."
But he added, the resolution
may have a "salutary effect. Its
very perversity reminds us that

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Fr. Benjamin Nunez, left, of Costa Rica, Uzi Narkiss of the World
Zionist Organization and U.S. Senator Daniel Moynihan, attended a
conference on the Zionism-is-racism resolution in Israel.

we have .real enemies in the
world, that their enmity is not the
result of some peculiar. misun-
derstanding which can be easily
rectified. But it is an unyielding
fact of life, to be faced and dealt
with accordingly."
Abrams' conclusion was chal-
lenged by Rabbi Arthur
Hertzberg, vice president of the
World Jewish Congress, who said
there was a need to "build a
bridge" to the Soviet Union, the
Arab countries and the Third
World despite their support for
the Zionism-is-racism resolution.
He called for "patience which will
bring understanding to the other
side."
When someone in the audience
questioned this approach,
Hertzberg replied in Yiddish, "If
they all hate us for the next 200
years, are we going to be better
off?"
But Hertzberg also stressed
that if the Soviets want detente it
requires "the end of rhetoric and
the beginning of decency." He said
the Third World challenges of Is-
rael's legitimacy undercuts "their
own moral claim upon the world
for any special consideration." He
said it is "particularly swinish for
Zionism-is-racism to be hurled by
forces that know very well that in
the forefront of the battle against
apartheid has been the world
Jewish community."
Another view came from T.T.B
Koh, Singapore's Ambassador to
the United States, who voted
against the Zionism-is-racism
resolution. "I do not think that the
passage of the resolution by the
United Nations has persuaded the
majority of the countries of the
Third World to accept the proposi-
tion that Zionism is a form of ra-
cism or that Israel is an illegiti-
mate state," he said. He added
that the resolution "created a cer-
tain
backlash of sympathy for Is-
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rael."
Koh said that most Third World
members who voted for the reso-
lution knew nothing about
Zionism. He urged an educational
campaign.
"The best thing Israel can do to
counter the effect of the resolution
is to scrupulously practice racial
equality at home," he added. "If
the Arab minority in Israel were
treated on terms of absolute
equality with other Israeli citi-
zens this seems to be the most re-
futation of the charge that

Zionism is racism."
Sen. Daniel Moynihan (D-
N.Y.), who was the U.S. Ambas-
sador to the United Nations when
the resolution was adopted,
blamed the resolution on the
Soviet Union. "The disastrous
showing of the Soviet Union's
clients in the 1967 Six-Day War
apparently prompted the Soviets
to launch the ambitious prop-
aganda campaign that led ulti-
mately to Nov. 10, 1975," he said.

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of Israelis who favor the speedy,
unconditional withdrawal of the
Israel Defense Force from Leba-
non is growing and while those
who favor withdrawal, but only
under certain conditions, remain
a majority, their numbers have
declined according to a public
opinion poll published Tuesday.
The poll showed that as of the
end of November, 19.1 percent of
the respondents favored im-
mediate, unconditional with-
drawal of the IDF, up from 12.7
percent in October.
Another ten percent would
have the IDF withdraw, but only
if it is replaced by the Israel-
backed South Lebanon Army
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percent in October.
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drawal only after suitable secu-
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The number of Israelis who
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tober to 6.5 percent at the end of
November.
The poll found that those in
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