Internet Statement 2006-54
Hartmut Dicke, July 29, 2006
Israel’s assault on Lebanon and the massive bombings
of the civil population jolted the whole world. There is much talk now
about the “disproportionality” of the Israeli military deployment,
and it is repeated a thousand times that the reason for this action were
the two soldiers kidnapped by Hizbollah. The bombing, however, is directed
predominantly not against Hizbollah but the Lebanese civil population
and the infrastructure of the Lebanese state, which is of basic importance
for the life of Lebanon’s population. Nobody is able to justify
the creation of a stream of 500.000 or more refugees in a small country
by two kidnapped soldiers alone, and that under the condition that the
Zionists themselves have committed innumerable acts of injustice against
the various parties of the Arab nations living around Israel.
Zionism, the foundation of the Israeli state, is clearly racist.
Up to today, Israel’s laws recognize as full citizen only who is
Jew according to so-called racist standards. Only who is a Jew by blood
relationship can without limitations become a citizen of Israel. At best,
an exception can be made in very few cases by a decade-long process of
being lead to the Jewish people. The Arab inhabitants of Israel are still
discriminated in many ways. The formal equal treatment of the Arab citizens
of Israel is a swindle upon this fundament. The laws of Israel are such
as to prevent marriages between Jews and Non-Jews.
3. The spread of theocratism
in the Islamic countries cannot exclusively be attributed to Israel’s
role. Iran’s development into an oil state under the shah (until
the beginning of 1979) brought about public affluence of the state on
the one side, and at the same time it uprooted the rural masses. This
was one of the decisive factors for the rise of Shiite fundamentalism,
which simultaneously was fostered from abroad, from the very West, where
all of a sudden the religious leader Khomeny was discovered as its “hero”.
As for the Arab peninsula, the still existing deep religiosity was anchored
in the newly formed states (the clearest example is Saudi-Arabia). So,
even if there are various reasons for fundamentalism, the existence of
Israel as the contradiction, a state itself founded on religion, has continued
to foster the fundamentalism on the opposite side.
4. The present attacks, at first in the Gaza strip and then in Lebanon, were each justified with the kidnapping of one or two soldiers, as everybody knows. Whatever be the background of these kidnappings, it can be stated anyway that they do not justify in any way the destruction of infrastructure and the terror against the masses on the largest scale. For decades the hope was nourished that Israel would some day be saturated and normalized, that it would become possible to declare: we want the past to be put at rest, want to let Israel exist and pass to a good neighbourhood, and in this way to pave the way for a progressive development in Palestine and the whole Middle East. These politics, these hopes have again been proven to be sheer mock and a false hope. As already stated long ago: the goal of Zionism cannot be a normal Jewish state just living in neighbourhood with Arab countries. This is not the task of Zionism. Its task is to sting permanently, to keep the region permanently in a state of neither war nor peace, to keep the countries on the level of mere vegetating. Whenever some consolidation is underway, you can be sure that Israel wades in.
5. When the attacks against Lebanon
started, the whole world was exasperated. Even the official heads of state
of capitalist countries with old colonial traditions spoke about the complete
disproportionality and brutality of Israel.
6. The UNO is being invoked for help to end the terrifying massacre. But the UNO has been engaged in the Middle East-question for already 60 years, there are already innumerable resolutions by the UNO, probably more than about any other subject in the world. It is speaking volumes, indeed, that many of these resolutions have simply been neglected by Israel. Israel made them waste paper and continued its crimes. Now it is being said the other way round, that Hizbollah did not care for resolution 1559, did not let itself be demilitarized, that this is a contradiction. If the Zionists break resolutions in throngs, this is no reason to behave, but if there is a break of a resolution once or twice by an organization like Hizbollah, this is a reason to terrorize in the most brutal way – not Hizbollah in the first place, but the whole Lebanese people. The language of Zionism is the language of fascism, in practice, too. Between both of them, Zionism and fascism, there has always been a very close relation, and this relation must be tabled.
7. Presently, there is talk
again about a special obligation Germany allegedly is in with regard to
Israel, and therefore we were to give special support to Israel This is
the right subject in a way, it is leading us to the point which matters,
as the Federal Republic of Germany and Israel both stem from the same
process, when after WW II it was attempted to create certain bulwarks
of reaction and both these states were founded. The old friendship between
the FRG and Israel was founded already at the time of Adenauer and Ben
Gurion, and what was it that became connected then? It is no secret that
at Adenauer’s time masses of high- and highest-ranking Nazis were
sitting in the administration, the courts, the ministries, whereas the
Zionist state in turn was founded by people who had closely collaborated
with the Nazi-fascists still until 1941, even at the time of the persecution
of the Jews by Nazism, and even exceeding 1941 in single cases from 1941
to 1945. The collaboration between German fascists and Zionists went immediately
on with the FRG, in which high-ranking Nazis had their positions, and
a state Israel where activists of this criminal collaboration took part
in the power. And if a special obligation to settle accounts with fascism
is mentioned, this means something completely different, also with regard
to the Israeli population in its majority: that accounts have to be settled
with Zionist fascism, and nothing else. Israel is a formation of Zionism,
racism and fascism, and silence about these points must not be continued.
8. In the past, Israel
was supported not only by the US. Already its origin came about by a decision
in which the Soviet Union took a decisive part. Later on, since 1952 approximately,
the Soviet Union took an adversary position against Israeli Zionism, and
still later, after 1956, a system developed which could be described thus:
in public, the Soviet leadership condemned Israel and Zionism, and underhand
they fostered them, by constantly keeping the Arabs from drawing the necessary
consequences and by approving a large exodus of Soviet Jews to Israel,
thereby filling the ranks of the Zionist militants in Israel.
9. In this present conflict
the organization Hizbollah has moved into the center. It is simultaneously
a political party and a militia of Islamic Shiite fundamentalism in Lebanon,
and in this way it is closely connected with the Islamic fundamentalism
Hizbollah goes back to the year 1982 in Lebanon. At that time the Israeli troops – then, too, unter the protest of the whole international public - encircled the fighters of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Beirut, besieged them and achieved that finally they entrusted themselves into the US’ care, a dubious act which, in the final analysis, paved the way for a catastrophic development of the whole Palestinian Liberation Movement. In the Bekaa plains, the majority of the fighters refused to participate in this liquidatory course. Still in 1983, they were fighting it and in their way kept to the struggle against Israel, too. But they, too, pinned their hope on the Soviet Union, expecting she would continue to support them. We know that the SU thwarted the struggle of the Palestinians as well as of the other Arab countries even stronger than before during the following years. It was the time when Gorbachev was gradually made party president in the SU (definitely in 1985), when the complete destruction of the SU began; a new Russian state without any socialist façade was the result.
10. A catastrophe was triggered
off already earlier, when in 1979/80 the Palestinian leadership contrary
to its own program subordinated itself to this Islamic “revolution”
in Iran and joined its ranks. It celebrated the Islamic “revolution”
as a fundamental relocation of weights in the region.
11. The fighters of Hizbollah are now putting up, according to the news, stiff resistance against the Israeli troops, embarrass them and thus get a considerable amount of popularity and respect in the whole Arab world. There are also different aspects of their activity. If, for example, the president of Hizbollah, Nasrallah, comes to the fore with such dicta as: ‘we have more weapons than you think’ and declares they would be able to lead a big war against Israel by means of the rockets, then he practices the typical fundamentalist bragging. In fact Israel cannot be hit militarily in a decisive way even by numerous rockets, which reach deeply into the territory. By that, civilians are hit predominantly, and this will rather help to get back the many opponents of the Zionist regime, who are existing in Israel itself in many variations, into the line of defence of the own land.
12. In the final analysis,
there cannot be a true unity with the Islamic fundamentalists, at best
at certain points, as it has to be anticipated that they will radically
do away with all progressive forces, if they should somewhere achieve
larger portions of their goals. They are no alternative to Zionism.
13. There is also the question, if perhaps a war against Syria and later on even against Iran is on the agenda. Some people as the “linkezeitung” are already speculating about it, as if it were imminent immediately. This cannot be ruled out completely, but it is not probable. Presently, it is rather about changing the overall pressures in the region, in order to subsequently soften up the Syrian state, too, and thus to further encircle Iran.
14. So what can be done
15. A demand which can be
raised here against the Zionist regime is: break of the diplomatic relations
with the Israeli Zionist state by all states of the EU, at least as long
as it is not ready to abandon its racist policy and its violation of the
Palestine people, for that is definitely not the case.