ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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ON HUMAN RIGHTS
- ninth session (17 March -
25 April 2003)
8: Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab
territories, including Palestine
In accordance with the gloomy events and insane trends that
have been taking place especially during the last few months, we can
anticipate a disaster to hit humanity as long as things continue to run
in this twisted fashion and alarming way, which strayed from all
concepts and principles of rationality and good judgment.
People all over the world are astonished and stunned by what
is happening around them. And
allow me to admit, Madam Chairman, that I no longer understand anything
in relation to where we are being led, how they can do what they are
doing, and why all this zeal in committing such injustice?
I practiced law for fifty years and had the chance to read most
of the historical encyclopedias from Homer to Durant, but what we are
facing right now is worse and beyond imagination and reason.
By playing the war drums day and night, what are the
objectives that the United States and Britain want to achieve in Iraq
and other Arab countries? Why
do they spread fear and injustice in that region and the rest of the
world? Is it for oil? Oil which they get cheaper than bottled water?!
Do they want to control the oil resources in order to control the
future of the whole world and to fulfill their arrogant objective of
achieving hegemonic domination in order to serve their ill-motivated
People of the world will never allow the fulfillment of these
ill-conceived and racist objectives that destroy national pride and
other sacred human values. We,
and people worldwide, want to know why Iraq?
Representatives and supporters of this aggressive outlook and
these racist policies must tell us why Iraq?
Why should they attack Iraq with the harshest form of warfare,
massive killings, and destruction after subjecting it to humiliating
inspections and a cruel and degrading siege through a long and unfair
embargo, which killed over a million Iraqi children and treaded on these
noble people and their sacred soil that was the cradle of great ancient
Those who are leading the war campaign should tell us why
they keep silent about Israelís weapons of mass destruction and its
huge stock of nuclear, biological and chemical warfare?
Why donít they stop Israel from killing the helpless
Palestinians, invading their towns and villages, bulldozing their homes
and uprooting their trees? Israel,
this colonial, racist and Zionist regime that arrogantly ridiculed
hundreds of resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly
and flagrantly defied over thirty resolutions issued by the Security
Council. The latest
unanimous Security Council resolution regarding the massacre of Jenin is
still a subject at hand. Hasnít
Israelís Prime Minister Ariel Sharon trampled upon this unanimous
resolution with his bloodstained feet against the will of the world
community and in violation of the vote of every member State of the
United Nations, which as an international representative body, is being
belittled and contemptuously defied through Israelís total disregard
to its decisions.
Where is the United States and Great Britain in all of this
chaos when it relates to UN resolutions concerning Israel?
Where is United States and Great Britain when it comes to
enforcing Security Council resolutions concerning the massacres and
human suffering in Occupied Palestine? Where is the United States and Great Britain that claim to
attack Iraq to enforce Security Council resolutions and that used their
armies and the most technologically advanced war machines against the
so-called violations by Iraq and the Iraqi regime, or whomever is
unjustly accused by them? The
delegates representing these States must explain to the world community
their justification of these ill-advised policies of double-standard
which have been an insult to public intelligence and have become an
affront to the dignity of humanity at large.
We call upon the civil society and non-governmental
organizations, and we implore each of them and all the participants
attending this meeting to take up the challenge of asking for answers
because we are responsible for the safety of this planet.
We have to jointly and strongly voice our opposition by saying no
to double-standard policies, no to war, no to subduing and humiliating
other nations, no to destruction and hegemony.
We must be the leading pioneers who stand firm, not later but
now, in the face of those evil warmongers and their killing machines.
March 31st, 2003