PEACE NOT APARTHEID
by Ted Schmidt
The desire to remain a victim is evidence of disease; yet to become a conqueror after having been a victim is a recipe for moral suicide.
The state of Israel…will be based on the principles of liberty, justice and peace as conceived by the prophets of Israel; will uphold the full social and political equality of its citizens.
The Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel 1948
If Israel is the answer to the Holocaust, was Israel not to be a different a model for the world? Was Israel not a dream of the rule of ethics, the home in the world of justice and mercy?
Earl Shorris in Jews without Mercy
If you want peace, work for justice.
Pope John XXlll
On September 12 of this year, The Irish Times published a letter signed by sixty-one academics urging academic institutions all over the world to boycott Israeli institutions of higher education. It seems that these teachers could no longer abide the shocking levels of violence visited upon the Palestinian people by the Israel Defence Force. The proximate cause was the horrific damage inflicted upon Lebanon in the summer war. It appears these Irish teachers had concluded that the Israel government had become impervious to moral appeals. "There is widespread international condemnation of Israel’s policy of violent repression against the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, and its aggression against the people of Lebanon," the letter read.