The existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to all humanity,”
“confronting the existence of the fabricated Zionist regime is in fact protecting the rights and dignity of all human beings.”
(1)Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” and(2)Believe that such a comment constituted a direct threat of military action against the superpower-backed, nuclear-armed state of Israel.Without delving into the persistent myths and deliberate falsehoods surrounding that particular talking point (one that has been sufficiently debunked countless times though obviously never seems to cut through the hasbara) or seeking to justify anything said by Ahmadinejad, a few things should be noted:
While Associated Press described Ahmadinejad’s comment as “one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state,” which seemed to indicate that this is the first time such language has been used, they failed to point out that Ahmadinejad has used this exact same phrase before.After Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at a “National and Islamic Solidarity for the Future of Palestine” conference in February 2010, Ha’aretz reported he had said that“the existence of ‘the Zionist regime’ is an insult to humanity, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.”Later that year, he said the very same thing.
The “insult to humanity” phrase was not coined by the Iranian President to describe a political power structure defined by demographic engineering, colonialism, racism, and violence.For example, a December 11, 1979 editorial in California’s Lodi News-Sentinel stated clearly,“Apartheid is an insult to humanity” and “must be ended.”But the phrase has far deeper roots ~ roots with which the UN Secretary-General himself should be well acquainted.
A joint declaration by 20 Asian and African countries issued to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on October 1, 1963 called upon the agency to reject the membership of South Africa due to its racist and discriminatory regime of Apartheid. It noted
“with grave concern that the South African Government continues stubbornly to disregard all United Nations and Security Council resolutions and to maintain its apartheid policies in defiance of the United Nations General Assembly, of the Security, and consequently of the IAEA Statute.”
We condemn categorically the apartheid policies of the Government of South Africa, based on racial superiority, as immoral and inhuman;
We deprecate most strongly the South African Government’s irresponsible flouting of world opinion by its persistent refusal to put an end to its racial policies;
The apartheid policies of the Government of South Africa are a flagrant violation of the principles of the United Nations Charter, as well as being an insult to humanity.
“condemned the brutal and inhuman practice of apartheid,” “deplore[d] the Government of South Africa’s continuous insult to humanity,” and “declare[d] that the policy of apartheid or other similar evils are a crime against humanity.”
“apartheid and apartheid-like practices are an insult to humanity…”
“the inalienable rights of all peoples, and in particular… the Palestinian people, to freedom, equality and self-determination, and the legitimacy of their struggles to restore those rights.”
We enthusiastically chose to become a colonial society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the occupied territories, engaging in theft and finding justification for all these activities.assionately desiring to keep the occupied territories, we developed two judicial systems: one ~ progressive, liberal ~ in Israel; and the other ~ cruel, injurious ~ in the occupied territories. In effect, we established an apartheid regime in the occupied territories immediately following their capture.
“Israel must shed its illusions and choose between racist oppression and democracy.”
“the last colonial occupier in the Western world.”
“what acts like apartheid, is run like apartheid and harasses like apartheid, is not a duck ~ it is apartheid.”
“Israel decided to be like apartheid‑era South Africa, and some will say even worse countries that no longer exist.”
“the state of Israel practices its own, quite violent, form of Apartheid with the native Palestinian population.”
“we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished.”
“[a]s long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”
“in the present situation, unfortunately, there is no equal treatment for Jews and Arabs when it comes to law enforcement. The legal system that enforces the law in a discriminatory way on the basis of national identity, is actually maintaining an apartheid regime.”
“keeping the status quo will deepen apartheid in Israel as it did in South Africa.”
“I have the feeling that we are seen more like South Africa once was.”
“Israel has created a system of apartheid on steroids, a horrifying prison with concrete walls as high as twenty-six feet, topped with body-ravaging coils of razor wire.”
Israel’s “policies of segregation and discrimination that ravaged (and still ravage) my country and the occupied Palestinian territories” undoubtedly fit the definition of Apartheid.
“a single state between the Jordan River and the sea” controlled by Israel and which fits the definition of an “ethnocracy.”
“Those who recoil at the term “apartheid” are invited to offer a better one; but note that one of the main architects of this system, Ariel Sharon, himself reportedly adopted South African terminology, referring to the noncontiguous Palestinian enclaves he envisaged for the West Bank as “Bantustans.”