A New American Law to Persecute Arabs and Muslims
Sayyed Fadlullah: There are
sufficient resolutions to protect humanity, but there is not a real
intention to protect man, what but rather to protect certain super
powers or regional ones. And as long as this injustice and bias in
implementing the existing resolutions persist, the world's peace and
security will remain an illusion.
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question:
Last week, the American President signed a new law that
commissions the state department to keep track of all
anti-Semitic actions in the entire world, devise a strategy to
fight them and detail all incidents of physical violence against
Jews and their properties as well as their sacred placed… How
do you view this new law in the light of the Zionist propaganda
that describes anyone who criticizes Israel as anti-Semitic?
Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
What the World is
living nowadays of a political and media climate that considers
any criticism of Israeli policies or practices a kind of
anti-Semitism is due essentially to the pressures the American
Administration is putting on states and political groups whether
inside or outside the UN, having violated all political and
humanitarian norms in its support of Israel.
Therefore, it is
not surprising that the American president should sign this new
law right before the elections. Furthermore, this signing does
not form a breach from his previous policy. Rather, it
constitutes another proof that he favors Israel's interests,
even at the expense of the American ones.
Yet, such steps are
leading us to a new stage where the world views the Muslims and
Arabs as the primary target in its "war against
The arrogant world
is deliberately equating between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism,
while at the same time it ignores all the atrocities committed
against the Semite Arabs in Palestine and Iraq, which are more
brutal than what the Nazis did to the Jews. Meanwhile, anybody
who tries to study what had really happened in an objective
manner ends up being persecuted.
In addition, why do
they talk about the Jews alone, while the Nazis’ oppression
included other religious and ethnic groups that suffered a lot
more than the Jews?
What the French
journalist Alain Ménargues was subjected to in the aftermath of
publishing his book "Sharon’s wall", just because he
considered Israel a racial state, is a disgrace for the European
and Western politics that keeps talking about freedom and
democracy, and about the conditions that ought to be fulfilled
for joining the EU.
Yet, if anybody
talks about Israel, it will persecute him or ask him to step
down. We ask the secular West that does not believe in
Are the Jews and
Israel infallible to the extent that it is a crime to criticize
any of their practices? Then again, if it is a humanitarian
issue why do the Jews receive a preferential treatment?
We, as Muslims, are
against persecuting the Jews as well as the Christians, because
we are against the persecution of man. We accept the religious
and political others. And Islam has been living in peace with
the People of the Book, and the Jews in particular, since the
first Islamic state was established.
Since then and
throughout its history, Islam has embraced the political and
religious others who became sometimes a part of the state. In
the Andalusia, for example, there were several Jewish ministers
blind support for Israel, or Israel's injustice should not be
understood to mean that we accept the persecution of Jews, or
that we are against the resolutions that condemn their
We call for the
passing of such resolutions provided that they will not be
politicized in a way that makes a certain race above any
criticism; at a time humanity has to pay a heavy price as a
result of the atrocities committed by some of its members.
We are also afraid
that some of these resolutions will turn into political,
cultural weapons and perhaps security weapons against Arabs and
Muslims that would be used to persecute them as anti-Semitic, in
addition to what they are subjected to now, having been falsely
portrayed as terrorists.
support in principle any resolution that fights any kind of
racism. But we say that such a resolution should be universal
and applied in a just and equitable way. It should not provide
an excuse to abuse the right of others, and make all humanity,
especially the Arabs and the Muslims, pay the price…
We say to the
Western states especially to those of them who are going to get
along with the American in passing resolutions that would
persecute Arabs and Muslims in the name of fighting
anti-Semitism, that you bear a big moral responsibility in
tolerating all the crimes in Palestine, as well as the acts of
terror committed by the Israeli and American occupation in
Palestine and Iraq. You ought to pursue an evenhanded policy and
stand for the slogans of human rights you say you believe in.
sufficient resolutions to protect humanity, but there is not a
real intention to protect man, what but rather to protect
certain super powers or regional ones.
And as long as this
injustice and bias in implementing the existing resolutions
persist, the world's peace and security will remain an illusion.