[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Michael Warschawski on Isreali leaders, BDS
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Tue Jan 27 19:33:49 GMT 2009
("until an international court of justice will put Israeli leaders on
trial, civil society throughout the world should strengthen the campaign
for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, a state that has
clearly put itself outside the framework of international law and human
Absolutely Not in Their Name, Not in Ours
Written by Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center (AIC)
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Absolutely Not! Not in Their Name, Not in Ours
Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni, Gabi Ashkenazi and Ehud Olmert--dont you dare
show your faces at any memorial ceremony for the heroes of the Warsaw
Ghetto, Lublin, Vilna or Kishinev. And you too, leaders of Peace Now,
for whom peace means a pacification of the Palestinian resistance by any
means, including the destruction of a people. Whenever I will be there,
I shall personally do my best to expel each of you from these events,
for your very presence would be an immense sacrilege.
Not in Their Names
You have no right to speak in the name of the martyrs of our people. You
are not Anne Frank of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp but Hans
Frank, the German general who acted to starve and destroy the Jews of
You are not representing any continuity with the Warsaw Ghetto, because
today the Warsaw Ghetto is right in front of you, targeted by your own
tanks and artillery, and its name is Gaza. Gaza that you have decided to
eliminate from the map, as General Frank intended to eliminate the
Ghetto. But, unlike the Ghettos of Poland and Belorussia, in which the
Jews were left almost alone, Gaza will not be eliminated because
millions of men and women from the four corners of our world are
building a powerful human shield carrying two words: Never Again!
Not in Our Name!
Together with tens of thousands of other Jews, from Canada to Great
Britain, from Australia to Germany, we are warning you: don't dare to
speak in our names, because we will run after you, even, if needed, to
the hell of war-criminals, and stuff your words down your throat until
you ask for forgiveness for having mixed us up with your crimes. We, and
not you, are the children of Mala Zimetbaum and Marek Edelman, of
Mordechai Anilevicz and Stephane Hessel, and we are conveying their
message to humankind for custody in the hands of the Gaza resistance
fighters: "We are fighting for our freedom and yours, for our pride and
yours, for our human, social and national dignity and yours." (Appeal of
the Ghetto to the world, Passover 1943)
But for you, the leaders of Israel, freedom is a dirty word. You have
no pride and you do not understand the meaning of human dignity.
We are not another Jewish voice, but the sole Jewish voice able to
speak in the names of the tortured saints of the Jewish people. Your
voice is nothing other than the old bestial vociferations of the killers
of our ancestors. That war crimes are being perpetuated by the Israeli
military in Gaza is not anymore a question, but hard facts documented by
tens of television programs, videos and photos.
The Israeli perpetuators of these crimes must be tried in an
international court of justice for war crimes and crimes against
humanity, in particular Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni, Chief of
Staff General Gabi Ashkenazi, and Air Force Commander General Ido
Nechushtan. Their crimes are definitely not less horrible than the ones
that brought Milosevic and his generals to an international war crimes
The Alternative Information Center has decided to join the call of one
hundred civil organizations from all over the world demanding the
opening of a procedure by the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
In the meantime, and until an international court of justice will put
Israeli leaders on trial, civil society throughout the world should
strengthen the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against
Israel, a state that has clearly put itself outside the framework of
international law and human rights constraints.
Impunity is what may transform international relations into a jungle.
Whoever aspires to a civilized world, in which human lives and dignity
are respected, must demand the immediate implementation of sanctions on
the outlaw state of Israel.
At the last minute...
We have just heard that the Israeli forces attacked a hospital of Gaza
City, which is on fire. Hundreds are buried under the rubble and the
military is preventing ambulances to reach the place.
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