Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rejecting the Jewish right of 'return'...

Green Left online, via Anthony Loewenstein:

We are Jews from Australia, who, like Jewish people throughout the world, have an automatic right to Israeli citizenship under Israel’s “law of return”. While this law may seem intended to enable a Jewish homeland, we submit that it is in fact a form of racist privilege that abets the colonial oppression of the Palestinians.

Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees around the world. Israel denies their right to return to their homes and land — a right recognised and undisputed by UN Resolution 194, the Geneva Convention, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Meanwhile, we are invited to live on that same land simply because we are Jewish, thereby potentially taking the place of Palestinians who would dearly love to return to their ancestral lands.

We renounce this “right” to “return” offered to us by Israeli law. It is not right that we may “return” to a state that is not ours while Palestinians are excluded and continuously dispossessed.

List of signatories here...

4 Comments:

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

Ironically, the only way these Jewish Australians can have any impact on the Jewish and/or Palestinian right of return is by immigrating to Israel, becoming Israeli citizens and voting for anti-Zionist parties in Knesset elections. I'm sure glad they won't be doing that.

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Gert said...

bit 'nener nenener', isn't it Emm?

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Oops@ A bit...

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

It kind of is, I guess, though it's still true.

I thought that arguing with their rejection of the Jewish right of return and their support of the Palestinians' ROR would just be a repeat of the same argument you and I have already had a few times, so I was looking for something new to say on the subject :)

 

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