ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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COMMISSION ON HUMAN
Fifty - eighth session (18 March - 26 April 2002)
8: Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied
Arab territories, including Palestine
The Western world created in the mid of the past century the
State of Israel in the Arab region without paying attention to the
enormous international threats that may be posed by doing so.
Today, we ask the rational ones among the politicians of the
Western world where they stand at a time when Israel has become the only
State in the world that still exercises colonization and occupation
which have been eradicated throughout the world.
Not only does Israel exercise colonization and occupation, but
Israel is also exercising State terrorism against the unarmed and
defenseless Palestinian people in a racist ill-spirit of superiority as
portrayed, loud and clear, in the statements of its leaders on several
occasions. Rafael Petan,
one of the commanders of Israeli forces said to New York Times “we
openly say it to Arabs that they have no right to live on one inch of
Israeli soil. Arabs only
understand the language of force and we will use every extreme measure
to break them until they come crawling on all four.”
Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, leader of the Shas party, declared in
April of last year that “Jews should not show any mercy towards
Arabs.” Instead, they
should “shower them with missiles and wipe them off the earth because
they were cursed and evil people.”
Furthermore, is there anywhere in the world a racist law as
Israel’s law of return, which allows any Jew worldwide to come to live
in Palestine and obtain residency and citizenship rights.
Meanwhile it prohibits millions of Palestinians, both Christians
and Muslims, from returning to their homeland, properties and place of
birth and upbringing where their parents and great grandparents lived
for thousands of years, for no reason other than that they are not
Not long ago, the world saw what the Nazis did to the Jews during
World War II. Now here is
the world witnessing Israel repeating the same Nazi crimes in a more
brutal, hideous and racist manner.
Even some Israeli Jews recognize this sad irony as the famed
violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin who said to a French newspaper “it is
extraordinary how nothing ever dies completely.
Even the evil which prevailed yesterday in Nazi Germany is
gaining ground in Israel today.”
The world’s conscience had previously considered Zionism as a
form of racism through a resolution issued by the General Assembly of
the United Nations. Even if
that resolution was revoked, nevertheless, the declaration of the
Durban’s NGOs Forum for the World Conference Against Racism reaffirmed
that Zionism equals racism. Hundreds
of organizations reached consensus on this serious matter including
We believe this is not enough to stop the blood shedding in
Palestine where thousands have been killed and injured during recent
months. There has to be a
serious, effective and firm stand of the people and nations against the
terrorist Ariel Sharon and his hysterical fanatic followers who are
about to drive the world to the brink of destruction.
The 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 turbulence of bloodshed and misery, which it generated
in the past, ended forever. It
has been a great victory for humanity at large.
This victory 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 ruthlessness and
more massive massacring and subjugation of human beings than apartheid
in South Africa.
Every society in any place on earth has its good and peace loving
people and its extremists who drive their communities towards evil
schemes and tragic ends. We 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 to 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.
We conclude this statement, Mr. Chairman, with words by the great
historical leader who said to his followers to stand by their 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 honor and
respect, 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.
Isn’t 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??!!