ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
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World Conference Against Racism
Everyone knows that nations in this world have conflicts.
At the same time, politicians have their ambitions and endeavors
to run State affairs for the benefit of their people.
What we also know is that these conflicts and endeavors must be
in the context of international legitimacy and the laws proclaimed in
the Charter of the United Nations and Universal Declaration of Human
However, human beings are only human.
Just as their ambitions and efforts are often well founded and
directed, other times they make mistakes.
It is very unfortunate that in recent years these escalating
mistakes which are conceived on racial basis, have inflicted several
human groups and caused them tragic pain and suffering.
Therefore, such mistakes potentially pose the threat of promoting
hatred, violence, terrorism, and even the devastation and destruction of
So who then is to bring attention to these mistakes and warn
those who are committing them against their wrongdoing.
We think this has to be the responsibility of the international
community through meetings as these convened to uphold human rights
nongovernmental organizations must speak firmly and frankly to alert
those driven in misguided paths and appeal to their higher conscience.
Our key reference is international legitimacy.
It pertains to the resolutions of the General Assembly of the
United Nations and Security Council, as well as the rulings of the
International Court of Justice. What
is then the international legitimacy that should be applied and
presented to human society concerning the unsettled conflict in the
occupied land of Palestine?? Or
in other words, to be more concise, what are the resolutions of the
General Assembly of the United Nations and the resolutions of the
Security Council concerning this matter???
Everyone is aware that the State of Israel was established upon
United Nations partition resolution 181 issued on 29 November 1947
dividing the land of Palestine between its original Christian and Muslim
Palestinians and the migrating Jews from the Diaspora.
Although this resolution was wrong because it was issued on
racial basis, and although Palestinians had the right to reject it, it
is still, nonetheless, considered the legitimate basis for the
establishment of the State of Israel.
Israel is a legitimate State only with the defined borders this
resolution had set for it. It
is unlawful for this State to deviate from these preset borders or it
would be invalidating the indispensable conditions to its own legitimate
Besides, the State of Israel is the only State accepted in the
United Nations with the following conditions:
To respect the borders set by the partition resolution.
Not to interfere with the separate status quo for Jerusalem.
To permit Palestinians to return to their homes whether these homes are
in the area designated to Israel or in the other part.
Has Israel met these conditions???
The whole world knows that Israel flagrantly violated each and
every condition altogether. It
did not respect the borders and viciously occupied by force the other
part of the partition resolution. It
claimed to overtake East Jerusalem and tampered with the region in an
attempt to redefine its boundaries.
It did not permit until now the return of Palestinian refugees to
their homes, and dares to claim that stone-throwing Palestinian children
are the so called “terrorists.” For these reasons, this region has become a center stage for
international conflicts that warn of wide-scale wars. The kind that could jeopardize Israel’s stability and its
reliance on nuclear weapons which might signal the beginning of the end
for this planet altogether. This
is not sentimental rhetoric. We
believe the experts and members present in this meeting must seriously
evaluate and weigh these facts and officially incorporate and translate
them into their resolutions and recommendations.
Any freshman in law school can assert that the violation of the
conditions for the establishment of a State nullifies its very
existence. This is the
international legitimacy which human society must cherish, and warn
Israel’s leaders, on the basis of these principles, that the political
path they have chosen for this critical region is a misguided path.
A path which will certainly lead to tragic consequences of pain
and suffering in the short or long-run for everyone including Israelis
themselves. As Toynbee, the
distinguished British historian said, any foreign body that does not
adapt to the environment in which it is planted will surely be rejected