ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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ON THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION
OF HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty - second session ( 31 July - 18 August 2000)
often speak of racism and of those who are racists.
So how in its essence can racism be defined?? In our opinion, racism in its deep and wide meaning is
nothing less than the injustice and tyranny a human being inflicts on
another while being impulsively driven by selfishness and pride. Forgetting, meanwhile, that what is from earth will return to
this is not news to anyone because such is the reality we are witnessing
today. Many of us ignore
that they came from earth and will be returning to earth.
Instead, they run impulsively after their selfish and oppressive
schemes, unaware of the tragic pain and suffering their injustice
inflicts not only on those they despise, but upon themselves as well in
the long-run, and history is the best witness.
often stand in astonishment, madam chairman, as we witness in disbelief
the actions taken by some that cannot be described except as foolishness
and recklessness. For
instance, how in the world can a law as Israel’s law of return, which
allows all Jews, only because they are Jews, whatever their
nationalities or countries of birth are on the world map, to come to
Palestine and enjoy full residency rights as Israeli citizens.
At the same time, this same discriminating law prohibits millions
of Palestinians whether Christians or Muslims from returning to their
homes and place of birth and upbringing.
They are prohibited from returning to the homeland where their
parents and great grandparents lived for thousands of years, for no
reason other than because they are not Jews!!!
Isn’t this a foolish law indeed?
And those who issued this law cannot be described except as
racist in every sense?? Jewish
members of our organization do not hide their abhorrence and
embarrassment of their people’s wrongdoing, especially for issuing
such loathsome and racist law as the law of return.
example, which is not any less coercive and damaging, is America’s
insistence and persistence in enforcing the oppressive and unfair
sanctions against the Iraqi people.
The ulterior motives for imposing these sanctions are clearly
reflective of the offensive and retaliatory political ill-will of
American foreign policy. The
sanctions lack any objective basis to make it justifiable to the human
mind. For years, these
sanctions have become a real nightmare for the world’s conscience.
It is an affront to humanity at large to accept the continuation
of these sanctions, which have been imposed to cause tragic suffering
and other detrimental effects on a historically distinguished people.
The Iraqi people represent one of the most ancient cultures and
have shared valuable contributions throughout the stages of civilization
with humanity, which we continue to enjoy today.
It is sufficient to mention the Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian
civilizations that flourished in the land of Iraq.
are surprised how human conscience and world public opinion can accept
to live with the idea of seizing the homes, farms, villages, and
possessions of thousands of people through force, then to prohibit them
after being robbed and victimized by such despicable savagery, from
returning to their homeland by a foolish law as the Israeli law of
return. An Israeli
“law” which has turned United Nations resolutions into a mockery and
the biggest joke of the twentieth century.
What has become of the partition resolution? What has become of resolution 242, which settles the issue of
Eastern Jerusalem?? What
have become of resolution 338 and resolution 194 which settle the issue
of international obligation to ensure the return of Palestinian refugees
to their homes and land.?? The
United States of America does not firmly insist on carrying out and
implementing the resolutions of the Security Council and the General
Assembly except when the resolutions impose harsh and inhumane sanctions
against Arabs and Muslims only. Isn’t
this racism in its ugliest forms and manifestation??!!
We are astonished how the human conscience and world public
opinion can accept to live with the sad reality of such oppressive and
unfair sanctions which history has not known the likes before.
How can humanity accept the continuation of these brutal
sanctions which are imposed on the Iraqi people while the entire world
sees and hears of the death of hundreds of children everyday, and as UN
officials resign in protest against these sanctions which have resulted
in horrific human suffering and a true humanitarian tragedy for the
Has the conscience of the advanced world died for it not to
put an end to this kind of injustice??
Can it be that the advanced world’s conscience is not awakened
or moved unless the injustice or pain is inflicted upon one of its own
of Europe’s or America’s particular
races?? Or is it that its conscience is only capable of reacting to an
agonized cat caught in a tree branch??
We are astonished and have the right to be so indeed, how this
same conscience is not moved by the agony of thousands of mothers in
Iraq as hundreds of their children die in their embrace from the lack of
food and medicine because of the sanctions imposed by America’s
politicians, the gods of this pitiful time!!
We are certain that non-governmental organizations, which
truly represent the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, are able to have an impact and to stand
against this grave injustice that is being committed by one human being
against another fellow human being.
All we can do is to urge our colleagues and members of all the
various organizations representing every race, creed and background to
join our firm and strong appeal to put an end to this deviant and unfair
situation. We call upon the
experts and members of the Sub-Commission to issue strong
recommendations for the lifting of the sanctions imposed on the people
of Iraq, as well as, for an end to Israel’s grave violations of
Palestinians human rights.