Monday, December 22, 2008

Quotable: Israel "a racist, apartheid state"

In anticipation of UN's Durban Review Conference in Geneva on 20 – 24 April 2009, the Palestinian BDS National Committee has issued a "strategic position paper as a basis for anti-racist intervention at and beyond the UN Durban Review Conference." In honor of that effort, I reprint below some excerpts from the NGO Forum Declaration of the Durban conference.
1. We, the representatives of local, national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society groups from around the world gathered in Durban/South Africa during the week of 28 August - 3 September 2001 for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), guided by our commitment in the struggle against racism and racial discrimination and inspired by the recommendations of the NGO Forums held in Strasbourg/France, Santiago de Chile/Chile, Dakar/Senegal and Tehran/Iran and the related sub-regional NGO meetings held in Warsaw/Poland, Kathmandu/Nepal, Cairo/Egypt and Quito/Ecuador, in preparation for the World Conference, hereby make the following Declaration: ...

162. We declare Israel as a racist, apartheid state in which Israel's brand of apartheid as a crime against humanity has been characterized by separation and segregation, dispossession, restricted land access, denationalization, "bantustanization" and inhumane acts. ...

419. Also call for the reinstitution of UN resolution 3379 determining the practices of Zionism as racist practices which propagate the racial domination of one group over another through the implementation of all measures designed to drive out other indigenous groups, including through colonial expansionism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, including Jerusalem), and through the application of discriminatory laws of return and citizenship, to obliterate their national identity and to maintain the exclusive nature of the State of Israel as a Jewish state to the exclusion of all other groups.
Source: United Nations World Conference Against Racism NGO Forum Declaration, Durban, South Africa, 2001.

See also: "Excerpts from the WCAR NGO FORUM DECLARATION on Palestinians and Palestinian Refugees"

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