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)
The right of people to self-determination and its application to
peoples under colonial or alien domination or foreign occupation
organization would like to raise a question that might lead participants
in this meeting to think about, and perhaps reconsider positions and
points of view. This
question is the comparison between the attitude of the western community
concerning the coming to power of the right-wing, racist, and fanatic
leader in Israel during the recent few months, as opposed to the
attitude of the same western society concerning the coming to power of
another right-wing leader in
Austria last year. The
western attitude unanimously congratulated Ariel Sharon for
winning the Israeli elections. Whereas
these same countries stood jointly to demand the suspension of
international relations with Austria if Haider and his Freedom Party
remained in power. Although Haider’s party has had some dreadful racist
attitudes, nonetheless, he did not act on his racism to the degree of
subjugating those perceived as opponents to extreme cruel and inhuman
treatment. Haider and his
party did not massacre thousands as Sharon and the Likud Party have done
in Deer Yaseen and in Sabra and Shateela, as well as in many more racist
incidents of blood shedding and degradation of others only because they
are not Jews.
one should think that by this comparison we are opposing in any way the
western attitude against the racist right wing party in Austria.
In fact, we actually fully support it because it is for the
welfare of all human community. Nevertheless, we are surprised and have the right to be
surprised that this western attitude does not include in its candid and
firm position what is taking place in the occupied land of Palestine.
We are surprised that the western attitude does not condemn in a
candid and firm position the most extreme manifestation of racism that
Zionism and its right wing parties are openly committing against the
people of this land?!!!!
society in any place on earth has its good and peace loving people and
its extremists who drive their communities toward evil schemes and
tragic ends. We also know
that millions of Jews in Israel and outside of it strongly oppose this
racist trend against Christian and Muslim Palestinians and its daily
consequences of blood shedding and pain and misery.
There is no doubt that those who are peace-loving are indeed
hoping and patiently looking forward for the day they can live in peace
and cooperation with their neighbors in a land, which is the cradle of
civilizations and divine prophecies.
It is our hope that the international community should stand by
them and help them reach this noble objective.
international community and public opinion was able to defeat the
hideous racism that was degrading to human dignity in South Africa.
It did so by its candid and firm stand against apartheid and by
suspending all international relations with that racist State and
preventing it from participating in United Nations activities.
Now blacks and whites in South Africa live equally in peace and
cooperation. The crime of apartheid and the turmoil of bloodshed and
misery, which it generated in the past, ended forever.
It has been a great victory for humanity at large.
victory, Mr. Chairman, can be repeated in Palestine if the international
community stands against the rampant racism, which has manifested itself
throughout this land in the most despicable form. In fact, it has reached more alarming degrees of cruelty and
more extensive massacring and subjugation of human beings than apartheid
in South Africa. It
is enough to point out the criminal “law of return” which is an
affront to humanity that is being carried out by Israel in the Holy
Land. Israel’s law of
return allowed any Jew, regardless of his or her nationality, to come to
Palestine and live as an Israeli citizen.
This same law prevented millions of Palestinians, both Christian
and Muslim, to go back to their lands and homes and properties for no
reason other than they were not Jewish.
The entire world knows what is happening in this land whereat the
helicopters and tanks reap the souls of hundreds of children without
mercy only for desperately throwing stones to rebel against this
unbearable situation that dehumanizes their very being and strips them
of every ounce of their dignity.
Chairman, we conclude this statement with words of wisdom by the great
historical leader who said to his followers: stand by your brother
whether he is the oppressed or the oppressor.
His followers questioned: we stand by him when oppressed, that is
his right, which we will respect and provide, but why and how can we
stand by him when he is the oppressor?!
He answered; you do so through standing by him against his
oppression, forbidding him from proceeding further into it.
time to help those in Israel by preventing them from proceeding any
further in their oppression and subjugation of Palestinians as we had
done to apartheid in South Africa??!!