ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
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on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
- fifth session (28 July -
15 August 2003)
6: Specific human rights
The question on people’s minds, everywhere and time after
time, who exactly is responsible for the lost lives of Palestinians and
Israelis? Who is to blame
for the innocent victims on both sides?
Something terribly wrong has caused this half-century-long
The question that should be asked to the Israeli side is: did
the Israeli leadership believe that the Palestinian uprising would cease
before recovery of their legitimate inalienable rights?
Does the Israeli leadership believe that there will be peace for
the Israeli people as long as the Palestinian people are under
violence begets violence, injustice breeds resentment, tyranny ignites
the spirit to resist or die.
The simple answers to these questions show that Israelis know
there is no way any injustice could prevail. Why then continue depriving Palestinians and threatening
their very existence. Simply
put ‘acts of aggression create reactions.’
Is it possible that the Israeli people and their leadership
are being misguided and deceived? But
how could that happen when their background and experiences should have
taught them otherwise, unless there is a secret behind this deception
that continues to fuel this tragic conflict.
Is it possible that this dubious secret is generating the
unlimited and unconditional support offered to Israel by the United
States of America? USA
supplies Israel with funds, advanced weaponry and the exercise of
vetoing any Security Council or United Nations resolution that condemns
Israel. The defiance and arrogance of fanatic Israeli groups and
their leaders have caused endless tragedies and blood baths.
Without the unconditional American support for Israel,
Israeli leadership would stop its insanity, accept all Security Council
resolutions, and reach an amicable, just and lasting solution for peace
with Palestinians and its Arab neighbors.
Israel has no way around this historical challenge but to coexist
in peace with others. Peace
is not achievable by force.
We have other questions that need answers.
Why does the United States of America provide this blind and
unconditional support for Israel? Such
support harms the national interests of the American people, as well as
the long-term interests of Israelis themselves.
Is it the result of the Zionist lobby activities?
To some extent, perhaps it is.
But the issue is much deeper.
Palestinians and Israelis must work together to eliminate the
roots of the problem if they are seriously looking at saving innocent
lives and living in peace and harmony.
Parties to the conflict should know that if they achieve
peace in the Middle East, the manufacturing and trade of arms, which
drains the world’s resources and wealth, would be shut down!!
The cooperation among and interdependence of the economies in
the Middle East can only empower this region to control its rich
resources including control over its oil pricing and distribution.
Some major parties have a vested interest in prolonging conflicts
in the region and Israel is their best bet.
So, they support Israel with funds and advanced arms and promise
it with more. They
encourage Israeli aggression against its neighbors and they work hard to
block any just and peaceful solution to the conflict.
They don’t care for Palestinian or Israeli lives as long as
they could sell more guns and weapons of destruction.
We are certain that justice will prevail.
The people of the world, regardless of their race, creed or
ideologies, will stand firm against this kind of deception and work
together to achieve peace. This
mission can be ideally carried out by nongovernmental organizations if
given the opportunity to do so.
31 July 2003