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In Defence of Zionism

Kiichiro Yoshimura
Akira Jindo

And many people shall go and say,
"Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;
And He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths;
For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And He shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many people;
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."
Isaiah 2:3-4

The above-quoted words of an ancient Jewish prophet are, in part, inscribed on the stone monument by the United Nations building. These holy scriptures constitute the spiritual basis on which Zionism stands and on which the United Nations was founded in 1945.

The Zionist aspiration culminated in the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and the United Nations then gave overwhelming support to this Jewish national liberation movement. Israel's Declaration of Independence clearly states that it will be faithful to the principles of the charter of the United Nations.

To our great regret, however, the United Nations of today is no longer what it used to be: by condemning Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination, the General Assembly has given international sanction to those endeavors by the anti-Israel nations to expel to sovereign state as an orphan of nations. Is this not contrary to the founding spirit of the United Nations?

All those who have ever visited Israel know and confirm that the government of Israel ensures, in law and indeed, equality of social and political rights for all its citizens, irrespective of race, religion or language.

For example, to the Israeli Parliament are elected six Arab members (one of them is a vice-speaker of the Knesset and another is a vice-minister), and one Druz (Vice-minister). In Arab towns and villages they enjoy free access to the Israeli public services such as schools and hospitals. In daily newspapers, radio and television, Arabic is used along with Hebrew, and in every school and institution Arabic language, Arab history, Islam and Christianity can be taught freely. The illiteracy rate of Arabs in Israel is 5 percent, much lower than in surrounding Arab countries.

The problem of Arab refugees in Israel is the most serious bottleneck for the solution of the Arab-Israel conflict. Prior to the Six-Day War, 1967, the Arab refugees were confined within the refugee camps in Egyptian Gaza strip or in the Jordanian West Bank district. When Israel started to administer these areas, the fences were torn down and Arab people were permitted to work freely outside in town or on farms. They could freely bring back the income they earned from their labors. As a result, the average income of Arab people were quadrupled: in Nazareth, for instance, their average income is almost equal to that of Jewish families living in cities.

On the contrary, the Arab refugees in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan are still confined within enclosures and compelled to live a miserable and frustrated life of concentration camps. Out of the billions of dollars earned from the Arab oil not a cent is spent for the improvement of the living conditions of the refugees. Furthermore, these camps have become hotbeds of terrorists and serve as bases of guerrilla warfare, threatening not only Israel but also the peace of the free world.

In actuality, Zionism has never practiced racial discrimination. Rather, the Jews have been victims of the severest racism known to man. Nothing is more contradictory to the truth than the equation of Zionism with South Africa's Apartheid. The crime of Nazism must never be forgotten nor repeated again.

We as members of the Japanese Makuya New-Zionist Movement, which was founded 28 years ago (1947) by the late Professor Abraham Ikuro Teshima, are submitting a petition to the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council that the following biblical considerations be taken into account in their debate:

In the immortal history of the Jewish people we observe the unfoldings of the Divine Providence and its fulfillment in and around the Land of Israel since the biblical times. God chose Abraham as the father of His Holy People and commanded him to go and settle in Israel, the Holy Land. It was there where Jesus Christ was born as a Jew and demonstrated the kingdom of heaven.

For the past 3,500 years Jews have continually lived in Israel. Even during 1,900 years of dispersion there were always Jewish communities in the land of Israel, Then about 100 years ago, after centuries of persecutions and trials the Jewish people began to return to their ancient homeland. This was done lawfully without interfering other people's rights. The Jewish pioneers legally bought the areas of wasteland and swamps, and built settlements. The Jews are a people with spirit and not of brute violence.

In accordance with the Holy Scriptures, the Holy People will return to the Holy Land in order to establish an earthly paradise of God and man together. This is the goal of the divine history; this is what New-Zionism aspires to do.

God has set His foundation upon the hills of Zion; the city of Jerusalem has been central in God's redemptive work, not only for the Jews but also for the Muslims and Christians. The central theme of Zionism is the peace of Jerusalem. The earthly Zion is a reflection of the new heavenly Zion that is to come:

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle (Makuya) of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain."
(Revelation 21:2-4)

This ultimate goal shall be the glorification of all human ideals. The heavenly will is reflected on earth. Witnessing the miraculous rebuilding of Israel and the peaceful restoration of Jerusalem, we are encouraged to hope for the coming of the spiritual Zion and for the brotherhood of all peoples. All the nations now must humbly learn to dedicate Jerusalem as their sanctuary.

Thus, we believe, as our Prof. Teshima wrote to the United Nations on October 8, 1973, that the current disputes in the Middle East can only be terminated in the light of the Holy History.

(1975)

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