ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Fifty - seventh session (19 March - 27 April 2001)
8: Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied
Arab territories, including Palestine
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
Mr. Chairman, 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
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
standards. Thus, nongovernmental organizations must speak firmly and
frankly to alert those driven in misguided paths and appeal to their
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???
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 existence.
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.
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 of war 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.
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 that
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 and uprooted.