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Israel vs Humanity

The tragedy of Palestine will end only when there is a complete democratisation and secularisation of Israel.

On the night of 9-10 November 1938, the Nazis killed dozens of Jews in Germany, sent thousands to concentration camps and destroyed Jewish properties and synagogues in an orgy of violence which removed all doubts about the nature of persecution Jews faced under the Nazi regime and was a precursor of what was to come. Writing 10 days after this Nazi pogrom, which is known today as the Kristallnacht, Mohandas Gandhi said, “...the German persecution of the Jews seems to have no parallel in history.” But, he went on to add, “...my sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me”, because, he argued, “Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.”

What was going on in Palestine on the eve of the second world war was the forcible settlement of Europeans of the Jewish faith in lands where Arabs of Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths had lived for centuries, if not millennia. For Gandhi, “Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home”.

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