THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE
ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION (EAFORD)
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Sub-Commission on the Promotion and
Protection of Human Rights
Fifty - fourth session (29 July - 16 August 2002)
6: Other human rights
One of the worst things that befall human groups can be the
manipulation of their perceptions in such a deviant way that they
misconceive the common good and shared values among them and others.
The manipulation of people’s thoughts not only causes
confusion, misunderstandings, and animosity between them and others, but
is also used to serve the evil schemes of the ruthless, often leading to
adverse and tragic consequences.
The great Greek philosopher, Socrates, warned more than two
thousands years ago from making the fatal mistake of viewing bravery as
recklessness and viewing recklessness as bravery.
We are making this mistake today during these cruel and painfully
awkward times due to the media’s misleading propaganda.
A media campaign that has been able to brainwash many people into
incriminating legitimate resistance to appear guilty of terrorism while
presenting serious destructive terrorism as so called self-defense.
We are questioning, Mr. Chairman, if the French resistance of the
German’s incursion and invasion was legitimate resistance or
terrorism? We are questioning if the historical undertaking of black
resistance organizations in South Africa against the racist apartheid
regime was legitimate resistance or terrorism?
Who were the terrorists, the native American Indians or Columbus
and white invaders of Continental America?
And who was the terrorist, George Washington or the colonizing
We are meeting here, Mr. Chairman, to defend human rights in the
most honest, open and objective way.
If so, then is it not a basic and essential human right to defend
one’s home, land and properties, if not one’s very being and
survival by all means available, or should that form of honorable and
legitimate defense be considered terrorism?
The Palestinian, Mr. Chairman, whose land and home have been
occupied, and whose very survival has been threatened by invading people
who have come from every end of the world with their planes, tanks, and
biological and nuclear weapons, has had nothing to defend himself with
except throwing stones. When
every path in the journey to liberty leads to a dead-end, the
Palestinian’s only weapon to fight back sometimes is through blowing
himself in the midst of the violators and aggressors who humiliated and
destroyed his being. If an
intruder invades your home, do you not have the right to defend yourself
by all means, if necessary? “Live
free or die”, engraved on a U.S coin, is the motto of heroes not so
called terrorists! Throughout
history everyone has had the right by law to defend their home from
intruders and to defend their country from invaders just as Palestinians
have had to defend themselves against Israelis even if they were not
dressed in military forms but have served as a reserved army for the
Occupying Force. Yet some say that that is terrorism. Indeed, what a pity!
The persuasive wave of dubious media coverage and its bias to the
forces of evil and darkness has been able to mislead many good people
whose busy lives and circumstances do not allow them to know the truth
concerning what is taking place in the world.
So, they fall into the trap of denouncing the greatest and most
sublime act of sacrificing of one’s own self for the sake of his
country, home, dignity and survival!!!
Meeting here, Mr. Chairman, with non-governmental organizations which
truly represent the world’s public opinion, and in the presence of
experts distinguished by their deep, critical, and impartial mandates,
we must define in all honesty, sincerity, and decisiveness the human
right of the oppressed, the weak, and the helpless to defend their very
being and survival with all means available, no matter what they are.
The measures taking place in Palestine are not ordinary measures
of ordinary dimension and magnitude.
The migrating Israeli people from every corner of the world to
Palestine have formed a group of people that is not ordinary in the
national sense we define a people.
They have been and continue to be aggressors, intruders and gangs
of settlers loaded with arrogance and the force of arms.
Every one of them carries a grenade, a pistol, and a machine gun.
And all serve as a reserved army ready at once to be called upon.
So, can we possibly describe those walking the streets of
Palestine and browsing its shops as innocent civilians even if they were
not dressed in military forms???
Israel occupied Southern Lebanon in 1982 and its occupation
lasted 22 years under the pretext of pursuing so called Palestinian
terrorists according to Israel rather than Palestinian freedom fighters.
Now Israel is invading the territory of the Palestinian
Authority; killing women, children and the elderly; demolishing their
homes and burning their fields; besieging the occupied Palestinian towns
by enforcing curfews for days and weeks; and committing all of these
atrocities and more in the name of security in accordance to the
irrational and twisted logic of a nazi mentality.
This means that in the absence of an international definition of
terrorism that distinguishes it from resistance as a legitimate right to
defend oneself, every country gives itself the right to define terrorism
in the manner that suites its interests and its temperament at any
ruinous and tragic cost for others.
The definition of terrorism as opposed to legitimate self-defense
has become a concern of supreme urgency and duty for human society.
It is of utmost urgency and supreme duty for this Subcommission
as well, if not more so, to issue a resolution in this regard and to
place matters in order once again.
Our hope in this meeting is high, so let’s see to it that it
can be realized.
Thank you Mr. Chairman.
15 August 2002