Alexander Cockburn: "Right now, Palestinians get the right to anage the world's largest prison, the Gaza Strip, plus one cow town."
When compared to the former apartheid state of South Africa, the similarities are haunting. In Palestine, over half of Palestinian men have been imprisoned --some for petty crimes such as identity card violations-- compared with 75% of black males in South Africa. While in South Africa blacks could be held without charge under administrative detention for 14 days without a lawyer, in Israel, the Palestinians can be held for up to 18 days, and detentions can extend for six months without a trial. In both countries there is a disproportionate amount of land ownership: the Jews own 92% in Israel, the whites owned 87% in South Africa. South Africa's unjust use of the death penalty is exemplified by the death of Steven Biko, while Israel admits to using "physical persuasion" (torture) on innocent victims under occupation. Countless reports on human rights violations against both countries were (and are) ignored. Both land from the indigenous natives. While South Africa's citizenship was defined by color, Israel is the only country to grant rights only to a specific religious community, the Jews. To this, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says, "we are proud of our democracy-there are few like it in the world." We agree. Since the liberation of South Africa, Israel is the world's only apartheid state. --Statement on Zionism: the State of Israel - from the Muslim Student Association, Berkeley
Subject: Questions for SWC
Sometime ago you asked us to answer a number of questions. Please find the answers attatched.
1) Simon Wiesenthal Center does not now, nor have we ever advocated any form of Government regulation regarding the Internet. We believe that solutions should come from the Net Community themselves and in that vein, circulated a _voluntary_ code of ethics for providers to sign on to. Of the thousands of letters we sent out, only a handful of ISPs responded. We beleive there are many more that would like to but feel they are "common-carriers", in the business of transmitting data.
It is the Center's position that the WEB is a form of advertising, with the ISPs selling space to individuals, and therefore theyt have every right to limit what goes on their server.
2) Every organization has the right to develop a Web-site, even the JDL. Should the ISP be limiting the content of sites based upon the logic above, they would have every right to do the same to the JDL.
3) The quetion is ambiguous. The response for question one continues to to apply as far as I can determine.
4.) The Simon Wiesenthal Center does not believe that Nelson Mandela or any other public figure should legitimize terrorists by meeting with them and bestowing upon them respect that they do not deserve. All governments that bolstered the former apartheid government of South Africa made mistakes. That includes the United States, her allies, the majority of African states and the Government of Israel. Your inference makes it sound as if only the Stete of Israel engaged in business with the former South African regime. You seem to conveniently leave out the rest of the world, including your own country and particularly the third world countries of Africa.
Hope this helps you understand the Center's position.
Senior Researcher-Simon Wiesenthal Center
The phenomenal growth and impact of the Simon
Wiesenthal Center is a reflection of the
predominant financial-political forces in
American society today, and consequently
of its prevailing cultural values and historical
outlook. It is a barometer of Zionist-Jewish
power and influence in the United States,
of the hypocrisy and weakness of this country's
political leadership, and of the quasi-religious
role that the Holocaust story has come to
play, not only in America but throughout
the world. Radio Islam: An Overview of The Simon Wiesenthal
... I caution you that the Internet will reject any form of censorship. Rather than try to enforce a code as you propose, I suggest you let the Internet community make its own judgment about content. You may be surprised at what you find. reply to Letter from Simon Wiesenthal Center by Earthlink
Tuesday, September 29, 1998
SACRAMENTO --Governor Pete Wilson has signed legislation appropriating $2.5 million from the FY 1998-99 Budget to establish a children's Holocaust exhibition and teaching center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center - Museum of Tolerance. [source]
SB 1397 by Senator Jim Brulte (R-Rancho Cucamonga) allows a gross income exemption for amounts received by Holocaust survivors, or their heirs or beneficiaries, as a result of a settlement of claims for any "recovered asset." ... The Governor was joined at the bill-signing ceremony by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Bill Lowenberg, first co-chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Commission; Ozzie Goren, chairman of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation Holocaust Museum; California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush; and Senators Jim Brulte and Tom Hayden. Michael Barenbaum, director of the Steven Spielberg Shoah Foundation was unable to attend the event
Hatemeisters: Documents on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre
See also, ADL WATCH
Hate: Who decides? - Who watches the watchers?
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