“Zionism is racism” means more than you think

by Chaya Cikk

The phrase Zionism is racism dates back to 1975. It started with the United Nations Resolution 3379, which passed in the UN 72 countries voting in favor, 35 against and 32 absent.

What Is Zionism?

Zionism is a movement that was established for the protection and development of the Jewish Nation. The idea of having a home in the land of Israel started with Theodore Herzl in the late 1800s. Herzl is considered the father of modern Zionism.

The revival of the Zionism movement in central and eastern Europe started as new waves of antisemitism were reached. Until 1948, the idea of Zionism was to re-establish sovereignty if the land of Israel by the ingathering of the exiles. After 1948, Zionism became the show of support at the establishment of the State of Israel and that it is a Jewish homeland.

UN Resolution 3379

This resolution was voted for on 10th November 1975. It was to determine whether Zionism was a form of racism and racial discrimination. The idea behind this resolution was to eliminate all forms of racism. This would include racism, in all forms, give people the right to self determination.

The Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog responded to this vote by saying “For us, the Jewish people, this resolution based on hatred, falsehood, and arrogance, is devoid of any moral or legal value. For us, the Jewish people, this is no more than a piece of paper and we shall treat it as such.” 

On the 17th December 1991, the United Nations General Assembly voted to revoke the determination of Resolution 3379. This is called UN Resolution 46/86. This resolution was made under the pressure of the United States Administration of President George H.W. Bush. The motion in 1991 was supported by 111 countries, 90 of which had supported the resolution back in 1975.

Today, people believe the State of Israel is an apartheid state, has an occupation in lands that belong to Palestinians and considers Palestinians second class citizens. For this reason many people believe we should bring back resolution 3379.

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