On the Question of Israel's “Right to Exist” and
on Israel's Racism
By Denis G. Rancourt
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 5, 2010
Surely the Israeli
government would agree that the right of a nation state to exist is a
question of international law.
Under international law, no
other country has ever demanded or been granted that another nation state be
forced to officially recognize the claimant nation’s “right to exist”, under
the threat of military reprisal no less.
But since this is an
original and unresolved question of international law and since Israel has
forcefully put it on the table, it is relevant to examine whether Israel is
following established principles of international law, such as the Geneva
Conventions for example, or foreign country assassinations and kidnappings,
or international waters commando attacks of civilian ships, etc.
These specific questions of international law are not complicated. The laws
and international treaties are written in clear language, and Israel’s
actions are also clear. Global civil society (Amnesty International, Human
Rights Watch, Red Cross, etc.) and all independent international law experts
that I have heard or read are unanimous in the answer.
See HYPERLINK "http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/category/the-israel-palestine-conflict/"
The absurd “right to exist” posturing of Israel deserves to be
[ HYPERLINK "http://activistteacher.blogspot.com/2010/06/psycho-biological-basis-for-image.html"
Did Nazi Germany have a “right to exist”? Germany exists today
and its criminal behaviour has been stopped. It has no nuclear weapons and
its security arises from its respect for international law and for its
neighbours. Its internal security arises from respecting human rights. I
wish the same for Israel. The right of return is a human right.
country has the right to extort a statement of “right to exist” from any
Every country has a right to its opinions and
official positions about the legal and historic legitimacies of other
states. What matters are actions and crimes and these matter in
proportion to their magnitudes – the numbers matter, not the rhetoric.
No country has a recognized God-given or otherwise right to exist, only
responsibilities under international law and moral responsibilities.
Persons have absolute rights not to be forcibly displaced, occupied,
collectively punished by arbitrary sanctions, murdered, etc. – this includes
Palestinians and Israelis, all persons. States are criminal states to
the extent and to the degree that they violate persons’ rights – the numbers
To compare home-built rocket attacks on desert land to
military onslaughts on cities and national infrastructures is a grotesque
charade to justify mass murder and collective punishment.
numbers matter. The numbers result from a large power asymmetry and
this asymmetry (in both power and suffering) is the FIRST reality of the
illegal Palestinian occupation. A language that does not start with this
reality is one which masks and condones state criminality.
the religious fanaticism and racism of many Israelis does not matter. What
matters are the physical crimes being committed (in the name of “security”)
that must be stopped.
World powers and influential organizations
and civil society need to become rhetoric and racism insensitive in order to
clearly see and gauge the actual physical crimes and to stop them, as the
surest way to security for all (and to reduce cultural racism).
See HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqBJTBIUtM8"
Commentators, lobbyists and service intellectuals who emphasize the
rhetoric and societal racism of the oppressed work for the oppressor.
Let us not have a competition about which side is most racist. Criminal
racism is not rhetoric or vehement emotional reaction
or hate – it is killing brown people. Leave opinion racism alone. Stop
criminal acts. Focus. The cart needs to be put back behind the horse.
Israel needs to be stopped, for the greater safety of the most people –
And the US and Canada need to be stopped
in their support of Israel state crimes. The Israel lobby needs to be
stopped for the same reasons, exposed and stopped, on campuses, in
G. Rancourt was a tenured and full professor of physics at the
University of Ottawa in Canada. He practiced several areas of science which
were funded by a national agency and ran an internationally recognized
laboratory. He published over 100 articles in leading scientific journals.
He developed popular activism courses and was an outspoken critic of the
university administration and a defender of student and Palestinian rights.
He was fired for his dissidence in 2009 by a president who is a staunch
supporter of Israeli policy.
[See HYPERLINK "http://www.academicfreedom.ca"
A list of his other essays is here:
Originally posted at Activist Teacher:
Psycho-biological basis for image leverage and the case of Israel:
On the need to embrace hatred:
Rabbi Weiss criticizes Zionist occupation of Palestine (youTube)