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Canadian Friends ICEJ Spearheaded Successful Campaign To Revoke UN Resolution 3379
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by Alan C. Lazerte, B.A., LL.B., Executive Director, Canadian Friends of the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem
INFAMOUS UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 3379 DECLARING "that zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination" was passed at the 2400 Plenary Meeting on November 10, 1975. (Full Text)

"Canadian Friends of the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem", in 1985 issued a pamphlet entitled "DANGER AT THE U.N." attacking this scurrilous U.N. Resolution as being not only anti-Zionist, but basically anti-Semitic as well; in fact a new outbreak of anti-Semitism "in a modern dress". The Pamphlet was presented to Christians from around the world in Jerusalem at the 1985 Christian celebration of the FEAST OF TABERNACLES. Several nations took up the cause, translated the Pamphlet into their native language, and reproduced and sent to the Secretary General of the United Nations a Post Card shaming the U.N. for this action.

In Canada, the then Minister of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Barbara McDougall, was requested to take the lead in rescinding this slanderous Resolution, This the Minister was not able, or willing, to do.

However, as the campaign continued, and the Post cards piled up at the U.N. Secretary General's desk, some type of conviction set in (including the need for the U.N. itself to save face), AND FINALLY THE U.N. UPON MOTION FROM PRESIDENT BUSH of the U.SA., SECONDED BY CANADA'S REPRESENTATIVE MOVED REVOCATION OF RESOLUTION 3379; but in the absence of any apology or regret, and in one of the shortest Resolutions in U.N. history.

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 46/86

December 16, 1991

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

DECIDES to revoke the determination contained in its resolution 3379 (XXX) of 10 November 1975.


Please read;
Canadian Friends of the International Christian Embassy's Correspondence with the Government of Canada regarding UN Resolution 3379

The essence of CFICEJ's Pamphlet is presented below, outlining:

Zionism is not racism! ""and they shall beat their swords into plowshares." (Isaiah, a Prophet of Israel, 2:4)

REASON FOR CONCERN:

Reflecting on the unexpected rise to power of Adolf Hitler it was remarked that a madman speaking out his thoughts in the marketplace must be answered; before his irrational ideas spread, and because failure to reply may be misinterpreted as being consent.

The application of this observation is relevant today in light of a series of events that have been going on at the U.N. over the past number of years.

Being born of a generation which saw the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust revealed as the Allies defeated the Axis powers, and which then saw the U.N. founded initially as an anti-Nazi alliance, one has good reason to be alarmed by certain ominous changes and trends within the U.N. today.

The Western powers, due to the unexpected multiplication of nations, are now outnumbered by the combined votes of the Arab/Muslim bloc, the Soviet bloc and certain Third World countries.

Since the early seventies, through the influence of this voting bloc, anti-Semitism is again raising its ugly head, but masked as "anti-Zionism". The twist that makes this newspeak appealing and acceptable to many is the redefining of Zionism as being "racist".

This is today's BIG LIE that must be unmasked.

The World Zionist Organization officially defines the aims of Zionism as:

  1. The unity of the Jewish people and the centrality of Israel in Jewish life.
  2. The ingathering of the Jewish people in its historic homeland.
  3. The strengthening of the State of Israel which is based on the prophetic vision of justice and peace.
  4. The preservation of the identity of the Jewish people through Jewish and Hebrew education and of Jewish spiritual and cultural values.
  5. The protection of Jewish rights everywhere."
Historically, the Jewish people lived in "the Promised Land".

Modern Zionism is nothing more than the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, which movement came into being only because of anti-Semitism in the nations, culminating in the Holocaust.

The term "racism" implies biological superiority and advocates the elimination or suppression of so-called inferior elements, and is totally absent from Judaism, Zionism and the policies of the State of Israel.

Even ancient Biblical restrictions on intermarriage were founded more on the consequences of heathen religious practices and idolatry than on racial purity.

How can a nation of people made up of Western Jews and Oriental Jews, of black skinned, brown skinned and white skinned peoples, be slandered as "racist"?

THE CAUSE FOR CONCERN:

Resolution 3379 was passed by the 30th U.N. General Assembly on November 10th, 1975 and it declared "THAT ZIONISM IS A FORM OF RACISM AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION." (See Appendix A for complete text of Resolution 3379.)

It is interesting that November 10th, 1975 was the 37th anniversary of the notorious Nazi "Kristallnacht" which launched Hitler's campaign of genocide against the Jews in Europe. Another interesting point is that the controversial Kurt Waldheim was then Secretary-General of the U.N.

The vote on the Resolution was 72 nations in favour, 35 against, with 32 abstentions. We are thankful that Canada voted against the Resolution.

The way had been carefully prepared by four other international fora which had previously condemned Zionism namely:

  • The 28thGeneral Assembly of the U.N. in 1973 condemned among other subjects the alleged unholy alliance between South African racism and Zionism.
  • The Declaration of Mexico on the Equality of Women and Their Contribution to Development and Peace adopted by the World Conference of the International Women's Year Mexico 1975 maintained that international peace and cooperation make necessary the abolition of Zionism, apartheid and racial discrimination.
  • Resolution 77 (XII) adopted at the 12thsession of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Kampala July 28 - August 1, 1975 stated that "the racist regime in occupied Palestine and the racist regimes in Zimbabwe and South Africa have a common imperialist origin""
  • The Political Declaration and Strategy to Strengthen International Peace and Security to Intensify Solidarity and Mutual Assistance Among Non-Aligned Countries at the Conference of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Non-Aligned Countries, Lima August 25 - 30, 1975 severely condemned Zionism and called on all states to oppose this allegedly racist and imperialist ideology.

The goal of the Arab-Soviet bloc regarding Resolution 3379 was, and is, to undermine the ideological basis of the State of Israel and its standing among nations, and thereby have Israel cast out of the community of nations and negate its very right to exist.

In light of the above, one must ask whether the nations collectively, through the U.N. are now doing to Israel (the Jewish people collectively) what anti-Semitism did to the Jews individually when they had no homeland" setting them up as an illegitimate stereotype, and denying to the Jews alone an identity and a national homeland?

Resolution 3379 was a crowning move in a well-planned strategy by anti-Zionists to de-legitimize the State of Israel before attempting to dismember it.

The alliance of 72 Third World Arab and Communist countries, orchestrated by the latter, was, and is, intended to vindicate the extreme Arab position against the right of Israel to exist.

The passing of Resolution 3379 granted a cloak of respectability to anti-Zionism by equating Zionism with racism; thereby opening the door to new expressions of age-old anti-Semitism.

This Resolution is in fact grounded in the anti-Semitism of its perpetrators whose hatred has caused them to lose their power of rational thinking.

As a consequence the U.N. has spent more time, energy and money attacking and condemning Israel than it has on the problems of human rights violations, world hunger, poverty, starvation, nuclear dangers, terrorism and the fight against disease and social chaos, all combined.

This "name-calling" lowers the prestige and effectiveness of the U.N. as a whole and prevent sit from coming to grips with its professed aims which include promoting self-determination of peoples and the fight against real racial discrimination, terrorism and totalitarianism.

Resolution 3379 is a patently untrue and unjust statement, and shames the name and reputation of the U.N. There is no adequate solution except to rescind Resolution 3379.

SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT ZIONISM AND ISRAEL:

(Quoted from "Fallacies Concerning Zionism" by Ruth Lapidoth.)

  1. Zionism is a movement of national liberation, which was activated by the progressive ideas of the principles of nationalities and self-determination - ideas that started to flourish at the end of the 19th century, as a reaction against imperialism and colonialism.
  2. Israel has not taken the place of any previously existing independent Arab state in Palestine. Prior to the British Mandate. Palestine had been under Ottoman domination for about 400 years. There was never an independent Arab state in Palestine.
  3. The legitimacy of Zionism and of the State of Israel has been internationally recognized - by the Balfour Declaration (1917), by the Representatives of the Arabs at the 1919 Peace Conference, by the League of Nations (the terms of the 1922 Mandate), and by the United Nations, in 1947.
  4. Jewish self-determination did not occur instead of Arab (or Arab Palestinian) self-determination but in parallel with it: in 1922 Britain, with the approval of the league of nations, excluded those lands of the Mandate which lay East of the river Jordan from the application of the Jewish National Home clauses of the Mandate. Those areas - constituting more than two thirds of the original Palestine Mandate. Those areas - constituting more than two thirds of the original Palestine Mandate - later became the independent state of Transjordan (now Jordan), in fulfillment of the aspirations for self-determination of the Arabs of Palestine.
  5. The remaining western part of Palestine was again the object of a partition plan in 1947. The U.N. General Assembly called for the establishment in Palestine of an Arab and a Jewish state was well as a corpus separatum of Jerusalem and its surroundings. The plan was accepted by the Jews but the Arabs fiercely rejected it and destroyed it in a hail of fire. Most of the territories allotted to an Arab Palestinian state were occupied in 1948 by the neighboring Arab states, i.e. Jordan and Egypt. In 1967 they came under Israel administration as a result of an act of self-defence in the course of the Six Day War. According to the Camp David Framework for Peace in the Middle East (1978), their future will be determined by common agreement among Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.
  6. Neither Zionism nor the State of Israel adhere to racist ideologies, neither do they preach nor do they practice racial discrimination. All citizens of Israel enjoy equal rights under the law, and the preference granted to Jews under the Law of Return is not in the nature of improper discrimination.

THE SPIRITUAL CONCERN:

Although all the matters discussed are acted out in the political arena, the real meaning and significance for humanity is spiritual. The prophets of Israel from Moses to Jesus foretold both the problems, and their eventual solutions.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has determined to bless the whole world through the channel of the Jewish people, who were created and chosen for that purpose. (Exodus 4:22, 23 & John 4:22) The present return of the Children of Israel to the Promised Land is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. (Isaiah 11:11-14) This physical return will be followed by a spiritual restoration of the Children of Israel, in spite of past history and failure, for the sake of the promise that God made and repeated to the Patriarchs of Israel (Ezekiel 36:6, 11, 16-38). This double restoration will lead to the enlightenment of the nations, until eventually all nations shall worship the faithful God of Israel (Jeremiah 3:17). Then, and only then, will peace come to this war-torn world.

Seen in this Biblical context the immense tragedy of the present situation is that the nations are resisting their own blessing, by fighting against God's plan for the redemption of humanity (Micah 4:11, 12).

The blessing of the nations, and ultimate peace, will happen only through tremendous upheaval due to man's rebellion. The nations, individually and collectively, are on a collision course with Israel; and more serious with the God of Israel who is the God of the whole earth (Zechariah Chapters 12-14 & Joel 3:1, 2, 9-14 & Luke 21:7-10, 24-36).

None of us, as individuals or nations, are what God wants us to be" including Israel" and what through Him we yet shall be, when Jesus as Messiah rules the nations from David's Throne in Jerusalem (Psalm 132:11, Jeremiah 3:17, Zechariah 6:13, Luke 1:32, Revelations 12:5, 19:14-16 & 22:16).

Results of the vote, nation by nation.

The PRESIDENT (interpretation from French): I shall now put to the vote draft resolution III, "Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination", recommended by the Third Committee in paragraph 27 of its report (A/10320). A roll-call vote has been requested.

A vote was taken by roll call.

In favour: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, China, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Dahomey, Democratic Yemen, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, German Democratic Republic, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Republic, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Cameroon, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, Yugoslavia.

Against: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Central African Republic, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany (Federal Republic of), Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malawi, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Swaziland, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay.

Abstaining: Argentina, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burma, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Upper Volta, Venezuela, Zaire, Zambia.

The draft resolution was adopted by 72 votes to 35, with 32 abstentions [resolution 3379 (XXX)].


Bibliography

"The Israeli-Arab Reader" - A documentary history of the Middle-East conflict - by W. Laqueur & B. Rubin (Pelican)

"Faith & Fulfillment" - Christian support during the Return - by Michael J. Pragai (Valentine, Mitchel, Great Britain)

"The Zionism of God" - A re-examination of Christian Theology concerning Israel - by Claude Duvernoy (AHVA Press, Jerusalem)

"The Steps to U.N. Resolution 3379" - by Ruth Raeli & Susan Eisenstat (W.Z.O., November 1984)

"A Legacy of Hatred" - Why Christians must not forget the Holocaust - by David A. Rausch (Moody Press, Chicago)

"From Time Immemorial" - A journalist changes views after a re-examination of historical records - by Joan Peters (Michael Joseph Ltd., London, U.K.)

"Whose Jerusalem?" - by Terence Prittie (Frederick Muller Ltd., London, U.K.)

"The Rebirth of the State of Israel" - Is it of God or of men? - by Arthur W. Kac (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan)

"None Is Too Many" - Canada's implication in the tragedy of the Jews of Europe - by Irving Abella & Harold Troper (Lester and Orpen Dennys Ltd., Toronto)

"Battle For Israel" - The Yom Kippur War, 1973 - by Lance Lambert (Kingsway Publications Ltd., Eastbourne, U.K.)

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