Tuesday, February 1, 2011


93. Ghandi was not unsympathetic with the Jews He calls them the 'untouchables' of Christianity and compares it with the treatment of Hindus. Religious sanctions has been invoked in both cases for the justification of the inhuman treatment meted out to them. "But  (so he continued), "my sympathies (with the Jewish people) 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. The sanctions for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood ? Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French It is wrong an inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine to-day cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. The mandates have no sanction but of the last war. 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. The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred.. The Jews of France are French in precisely the same sense that Christians born in France are French. If the Jews have no home but Palestine, will they relish the idea of being forced to leave the other parts of the world in which they are settled ? Or do they want a double home where they can remain at will ? This cry for the national home affords a colorable justification for the German expulsion of the Jews....And now a word to the Jews in Palestine. I have no doubt that they are going about it the wrong way. The Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract. It is in their hearts. But if they must look to the Palestine geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of a bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestrina only by the goodwill of the Arabs. They should seek to convert the Arab heart."

Martin Luther King, Jr had this to say on the tripartite (France/Britain/Israel) attack on Egypt at the time when Nasser ruled that country:
"I have been keeping up with the situation in Egypt, and as you know this is one of the most important issues in the world to-day. It will determine whether we live in peace or whether we will die in war. naturally my sympathies are with Egypt, rather than with the Western Colonial and imperial powers"