‘The facts of the situation are that in the dire straits of the [First World] War, the British government made promises to the Arabs and promises to the Jews which are inconsistent with one another and incapable of fulfilment. The honest course is to admit our difficulty and to say to the Jews that, in accordance with the Balfour Declaration, we have favoured the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine and that a Jewish national home in Palestine has in fact been established and will be maintained; and that, without violating the second part of the Balfour Declaration, and without prejudicing the interests of the Arabs, we cannot do more than we have done.’
Sir John Chancellor – Palestine High Commissioner (1928-1931)*
Translator’s Note: I am translating Russian-language sources into English – primarily Soviet Archive material – which describes a world community effort to a) acknowledge that the political Zionist ideology (as developed and used by the White ‘settler’ community that is now the modern State of Israel) is ‘racist’ in nature, and b) serves as the right-wing ideological motivation that inspires Israel’s political, military and cultural behaviour toward the (non-White) Palestinian people. I have been motivated to write this article by Jewish friends of mine – some of whom oppose Zionism on religious grounds – or on political grounds. On a personal note, I support the work of the ‘International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network’ (IJAZN) – and reject Israeli government attempts at conflating the act of exposing, discussing or reporting the alleged ‘illegal’ activities of its military, intelligent service (and citizens) in Palestine or abroad – with being expressions of ‘anti-Semitism! I believe this is an attempt initiated by right-wing Israeli politicians at ‘enforcing’ a worldwide ‘collusion’ with Israeli-inspired ‘racism’ and ‘fascism’ toward the (non-White) Palestinian people – as what remains of their land is steadily stolen from them. I also acknowledge that Israeli people who reject this racist policy suffer persecution within Israel at the hands of the State. I fully support Israeli intelligence in its hunting-down and liquidation of Nazi War Criminals and consider this an important task of the Jewish people. I also oppose any form of racism – which includes legitimate definitions of ‘anti-Semitism’. However, I will not give-in to any form of racism or fascism – and that includes a right-wing political Zionism that seeks to ‘mainstream’ and ‘normalise’ White racism regardless of the religious bias of the perpetuators concerned. Furthermore, I do not support any movement which advocates the use of ‘anti-Semitism’ as a means of ‘opposing’ Israel. The issue is one of ‘law and order’ and not prejudice. The people of Israel must overthrow the right-wing politicians who condemn their country to unnecessary conflict that has nothing to do with legitimate self-defence. ACW (10.01.2021)
Resolution 3379 of the UN General Assembly “Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination” was adopted on November 10th, 1975 at the XXX session of the UN General Assembly. It ranked Israel alongside apartheid states such as South Africa and Rhodesia and ruled that Zionism is a form of racism that encourages and justifies racial discrimination. Similar resolutions have been adopted by various specialized UN agencies – with the State of Israel being accused of a number of violations of International Law since its inception in 1947. The Israeli government ‘rejected’ this UN ruling and declared it would not ‘recognise’ it. It then spent the next sixteen years feverishly attempting to have this ruling ‘annulled’ – whilst it still pursued exactly the same ‘racist’ policies toward the Palestinians that had led to the Resolution in the first place! This Resolution became the official rationale for the United States to boycott the UN World Conferences Against Racism and Racial Discrimination in 1978 and 1983, which was also boycotted by Israel and South Africa – during which African, Arab and Socialist countries provided documented evidence – accusing Israel of racial discrimination against the Palestinian population.
Whilst the USSR was weakened and on the point of collapse in 1991 – the United States carried-out a military attack against (Socialist) Iraq – an attack that would not have occurred if the Soviet Red Army had been in a position decisively react. The US President George W Bush used this opportunity to ‘undemocratically’ annul Resolution 3379 providing Israel a) supported US military action in the Middle East, and b) did not militarily ‘respond’ to any attacks or perceived threats to its security. In 1975, Arab countries took the initiative to adopt at the XXX session of the UN General Assembly a Resolution condemning Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination. During the discussion, international Zionism was condemned by representatives of the Socialist countries. A representative of the USSR said that Zionism is a form of (White) racism, and the representative of Cuba said that Zionist-racism had been motivating force behind the occupation of the Arab territories in 1967, and had been used by its supporters to deliberately hamper the implementation of the fundamental Human Rights of the indigenous population.
As a result of a long discussion – which examined documentary evidence of the behaviour of the Israeli government and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) – it was democratically decided that there was an issue that had to addressed and therefore the XXX session of the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 3379. The Resolution was supported by the Arab countries, the countries of the Third World and the Socialist Bloc – but opposed by the Western, (bourgeois) capitalist countries (fearing Arab countries free of Israeli oppression uniting around the supplying of oil). The Resolution was integrated into the UN Declaration on the Abolition of All Forms of Racial Difference or Superiority, (adopted the XVIII session) which proclaimed the moral condemnation of “any doctrine that advocates the superiority of a particular ‘race’ as being scientifically wrong, socially unfair and politically dangerous.” It was also acknowledged that many manifestations of this type of racism have their roots in the governments of individual countries which use discriminative legislative, administrative methods (or other measures) to perpetuate their racial dominance. Resolution 3379 referred to the Resolution adopted by the XXVIII session, condemning the “unholy alliance between South African racism and Zionism”. The resolution also stated that “international Zionism” had previously been condemned by a number of international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
The Resolution was adopted by 72 votes in favour, 35 against and 32 abstentions.
Votes For: 72
Albania, Algeria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Byelorussian SSR, Bulgaria, Brazil, Burundi, Hungary, Guyana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau German Democratic Republic, Grenada, Dahomey, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Qatar, Cyprus, People’s Republic of China, Congo, Kuwait, Cuba, Laos, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Maldives, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Mozambique, Mongolia, Niger, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, North Yemen, Senegal, Syrian Arab Republic, Somalia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukrainian SSR, Chad, Czechoslovakia, Sri Lanka, Equatorial Guinea, South Yemen .
Votes Against: 35
Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Ivory Coast, Great Britain, Haiti, Honduras, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Israel, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Canada, Costa Rica, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malawi, Netherlands, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, El Salvador, United States of America, Uruguay, Federal Republic of Germany, Fiji, Finland, France, Central African, Switzerland, Sweden.
Votes Abstaining: 32
Argentina, Burma, Bolivia, Botswana, Bhutan, Venezuela, Upper Volta, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Greece, Zaire, Zambia, Kenya, Colombia, Lesotho, Nepa, Papau New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Philippines, Chile, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Japan.
As noted by the Soviet lawyer, Doctor of Law, Professor Lydia Modjoryan, Resolution 3379 “formulated the legal qualification of international Zionism as an illegal phenomenon, as a kind of racism, the theory, organizational structure and activities of which are incompatible with international law and pose a constant threat to peace and good-neighbourly relations between States”.
Soviet scientist Doctor of Historical Sciences Professor Yevgeny Pyrlin described the Resolution as “an indictment not only against Zionism, but also against the policy of the Israeli leadership – the policy of expansion and war”.
According to the Soviet-Russian scientist, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Alexander Baryshev, the decision to condemn Zionism as a form of racism is associated with numerous unlawful Israeli attacks and acts of blatant aggression, the genocide of the Palestinians and Israel’s attempts to destroy the Arab civilization.
Russian Language References:
English Language Reference:
David Gilmour: The Ordeal of the Palestinians, Sphere, (1980). Page 49*