World-renowned American stand-up
comedian Jackie Mason has published an astonishing demand that
Israel threaten the Palestinian people with genocide.
In an article entitled
"Time To Threaten Arabs With Mass Eviction," published by
The Jewish Press on 29 January 2003, Mason and
co-author Raoul Felder wrote,
"We have paralyzed ourselves by our sickening fear of
“World Opinion,” which is why we find it impossible to face
one simple fact: We will never win this war unless we
immediately threaten to drive every Arab out of Israel if
the killing doesn’t stop."
Mason and Felder blame the entire Palestinian-Israeli
conflict on Palestinian wickedness and hatred of Jews, and
ignore completely Israel's decades of dispossession,
occupation, repression and killings of Palestinians in far
greater numbers than Israelis who have been killed in the
conflict, to say nothing of the clear imperative for Israel to
stop violating international law.
Since September 2000, Israel has killed more than two thousand
Palestinians, the vast majority of them unarmed civilians and
more than four hundred of them children, in its attempt to
crush all resistance to its military dictatorship in the
occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. In the same
period, more than seven hundred Israelis have been killed in
Palestinian attacks, more than half of them unarmed civilians.
Mason and Felder exhort,
"We are brain-dead if we accept the idea that we have to
guess which Arab is our next killer. We are not obligated to
victimize ourselves by letting the Arabs play Russian
roulette with Jewish lives. Israelis are constantly asked
the same obnoxious question: “How can you throw the Arabs
out — where would they go?” The answer is, if they don’t
care whom they kill, why are we obligated to care where they
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of
Genocide defines as genocide, "acts committed with intent
to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial
or religious group, as such":
"Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or
mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting
on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about
its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing
measures intended to prevent births within the group; or
Forcibly transferring children of the group to another
group." (Article 1)
Moreoever, under the Convention, "Direct and public
incitement to commit genocide," is a punishable crime.
The growing clamor for ethnic cleansing (28 August 2002)
The accepted international legal definition of genocide
includes many acts in addition to mass killings, such as
forced expulsions of populations. For more discussion of the
to his own website, Mason says he "is widely regarded as
one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time. Now more
popular than ever, he combines lethal political satire with
his own unique observations about everyday life."
In addition to enormous critical acclaim for his comedy,
Mason's website states that, "the academic world bowed to
Mason as prestigious Oxford University established the "Jackie
Mason Lectureship in Contemporary Judaic and Hebraic Studies"
for Postgraduate study. More recently, in 1995, Mason was
awarded with an honorary degree of "Fellow in the Humanities"
of Yarnton College at the University of Oxford."
Based in New York, The Jewish Press describes itself as
"the largest independent Anglo-Jewish newspaper."
Since Israel began its violent crackdown in the Occupied
Territories in September 2000, leading Israeli politicians,
including cabinet members, have openly called for ethnic
cleansing. Rehavam Zeevi, a leading advocate of this policy,
assassinated by Palestinians in 2001, was celebrated by all
Israeli school children by government decree last October 7.
In the United States, newspapers such as USA Today have
published calls for ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, just
as former House Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey called
for it on national television. As calls for war crimes against
the Palestinians have become increasingly mainstream, leading
pro-Israeli groups in the United States have remained silent
about them. In this climate, it is no surprise that a
well-known entertainer such as Mason can openly call for the
crime of genocide and suffer no public repercussions or damage
to his career.
1. Write to The Jewish Press to express outrage at
Jackie Mason's incitement to ethnic cleansing and genocide.
The Jewish Press
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Brooklyn, NY 11215-1897
2. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper
informing people about Mason's statement and asserting that no
public figure should ever advocate such deplorable actions.
3. Monitor the media you read and watch for future support for
ethnic cleansing and bring them to our attention.
4. Please write original letters and do not simply copy &
paste the information above. As always, be brief, polite,
quote accurately, and include your name, address, and
telephone number (which most publications require to ensure
Republican Party leader calls for ethnic cleansing of
Palestinians on prime time talk show (2 May 2002)
USA Today publishes call for ethnic cleansing (22 February