Monday, 31 August 2009

Tutu tells Haaretz Palestinians pay price for Europe's Holocaust crimes

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu has said that Israel should learn from the holocaust that it would never secure peace through walls and guns.

Tutu, speaking in an interview with Hebrew daily Ha'aretz published on Friday, said that the Palestinians were the ones paying the price for that holocaust, which was perpetrated by the West.

Tutu, who visited the West Bank recently, said that the Israeli roadblocks in the West Bank reminded him of the Apartheid era in his country South Africa.

However, he noted that the Apartheid regime did not impose collective punishment on the people and did not demolish homes at the pretext that one of the family members was suspected of "terrorism".

Leading Zionist pioneer turns back on Zionism

by Helena Cobban

I've never met Dov Yermiya, a Jewish Israeli peace activist who is now 94 years old. But I read of course the book he published in 1983 in which he wrote with anguish about the torture and other gross mistreatment of civilians he witnessed directly during Israel's invasion of Lebanon the year before.

I have it in my hand now.

I just learned, in this open letter published today by Uri Avnery, that Yermiya, recently renounced the ideology and practice of Zionism with these stirring words:
I, a 95 year old Sabra (native born Israeli Jew), who has plowed its fields, planted trees, built a house and fathered sons, grandsons and great-grandsons, and also shed his blood in the battle for the founding of the State of Israel,

Declare herewith that I renounce my belief in the Zionism which has failed, that I shall not be loyal to the Jewish fascist state and its mad visions, that I shall not sing anymore its nationalist anthem, that I shall stand at attention only on the days of mourning for those fallen on both sides in the wars, and that I look with a broken heart at an Israel that is committing suicide and at the three generations of offspring that I have bred and raised in it.

... for 42 years, Israel turned what should have been Palestine into a giant detention camp, and is holding a whole people captive under an oppressive and cruel regime, with the sole aim of taking away their country, come what may!!!

The IDF eagerly suppresses their efforts at rebellion, with the active assistance of the settlement thugs, by the brutal means of a sophisticated Apartheid and a choking blockade, inhuman harassment of the sick and of women in labor, the destruction of their economy and the theft of their best land and water.

Over all this there is waving the black flag of the frightening contempt for the life and blood of the Palestinians. Israel will never be forgiven for the terrible toll of blood spilt, and especially the blood of children, in hair-raising quantities...