The 1975 "Zionism Is Racism" Resolution: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of a Libel


The biggest haters of Israel spread the myth that "Zionism is racism".  However, the general idea that Jews should have our homeland in Israel (ie. "Zionism") is not "racist" whatsoever.  Those that try to label it as such are typically some of the most hypocritical and racist people in the world, keen on the defamation of Jews and the Jewish state.

They bark their lies that this idea---that Jews should live in Israel---is "racist," while remaining silent about actual racism---the type that is found within Islam itself against all non-Muslims, but especially Jews, the type that is found in abundance throughout state-controlled Arab and Islamic media, and even in the schoolbooks they use to teach their children.

To add insult to injury, most of these attacks thrive on comparing Jews and the Jewish state to Nazism.  As if it wasn't enough being victims of Nazi crimes and losing over 1/3 of our people, today we are being falsely accused of perpetrating them!

All the while, the population of Arabs with whom we are supposedly committing "genocide" is actually, rising steadily.  The fact that Israel provides food, aid, health care and money (and sometimes, ridiculously, even weapons) to our enemies who are supposedly victims of "genocide" further disputes these false, intellectually dishonest, allegations.
  
Thus, at the base of hatred directed against Israel, is actually hatred against the Jew.  While they falsely accuse us of being Nazis and racists and committing genocide, they will falsely claim that they have no issues with Jews....only Zionists.  However, most Jews support the basic premise of Zionism.  It is inherent within Judaism and the Jewish soul.  Essentially, the only "Jews" that the anti-ZIonists support are those who are willing to help them spread their vicious antisemitic lies.   Those that help (typically the extreme left-wing Jews among us who love to spread every lie about Israel they can find) are generally considered the "good" Jews while the rest of us---the normal Jews who are capable of being supportive of Israel and even critical of it at times, are regarded as "evil" by the antisemitic, anti-Israel movement.

A report was published recently from the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs about the myth of "Zionism is racism".  Here are some of the main points from it:  

  • The singling out of Zionism as a supposed form of racism was a device invented by the Soviet Union to justify its refusal to condemn anti-Semitism during the negotiation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in the mid-1960s
  • The failure of the Soviet-Arab strategy to expel Israel from the United Nations and replace it with Palestine led to the adoption in 1975 of UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 (XXX), which determined that "Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination."
  • For almost a decade, Israel and the Jewish people remained passive and did not attempt to challenge Resolution 3379. They greatly underestimated its impact and the damage it caused all over the world, expecting unrealistically that it would fade away by dint of its sheer inanity. 
  • The resolution's revocation in 1991 was not an inevitable outcome of the end of the Cold War but was achieved mainly by convincing the United States to take the lead on the issue; the ostensible UN "automatic majority" was a manifestation of lack of leadership. Today, the efforts to undermine Israel's legitimacy come mainly from an NGO network inspired and supported by Israel's enemies, calling for a new counterstrategy.
  • United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 (XXX) of 10 November 1975, defining Zionism as a form of racism, was revoked by the General Assembly sixteen years later on 16 December 1991.
  • The story of the rise and fall of this libel teaches a good deal about the role of anti-Semitism in international politics, its paralyzing effect on both the Jewish state and the Jewish people, and how such a libel was finally challenged successfully. Since the revocation of 3379, Israel's international standing and legitimacy have steadily improved, increasing its ability to thwart ongoing attempts to negate its legitimacy.
Be sure to read the full report from the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs, here

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