In one of his regular anti-Israel diatribes, Ronnie Kasrils would have us believe that both he and the Russell Tribunal hearing on Palestine are unbiased. (“Palestine tribunal will help Israelis, too”, The Star, September 7). An unbiased Kasrils is truly an oxymoron.
The tribunal itself has no legal status, and the record of its participants, combined with its proposed hearings, renders the whole event as nothing more than a publicity-seeking kangaroo court. Israel, with all its faults, and there are many, is the only democratic country in the region, and does not, like all of its neighbours, practise any form of “apartheid”.
Every Arab state in the region has promulgated prejudicial laws that are either anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, anti-gay, anti-black, or, last but not least, anti-woman.
Many of the countries concerned are guilty of several of the aforementioned racist policies.
As to Kasrils’ statement that Israel identifies Jews from Arabs, “to maintain the character of the Jewish state”, does he, in all honesty, expect Israel, which, after centuries of Jewish persecution was established as a Jewish homeland, to allow its enemies to numerically dominate them in their own country, and then to wipe the Jews out, as they constantly threaten to do? Let’s not permit this debate to degenerate into such farce.