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Stands >2004 Stands >The Stand of Ramadan 12 1425H / October 26, 2004 A.D.


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?

The Religious 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 anti-Semitism".

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 fallibility:

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 and officials.

Condemning American 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 prevention.

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.

Therefore, we 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.

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.