By Mehrdad (Khalil) Shahabi, Tehran (April 23, 2009)
Note: The following statement was prepared by Mehrdad (Khalil) Shahabi for NEDA NGO, Iran for presentation at the NGO section of Durban Review Conference, Geneva on April 23, 2009. The author was however deprived of the chance to present this
I speak on behalf of Neda Institute for Scientific & Political Research in Tehran.
As regards DDPA 2001's "concern for the plight of peoples under foreign occupation", our NGO finds it extremely alarming that, in the period December 2008 - January 2009, the army of a racially-occupying regime in the Middle East, intentionally and indiscriminately targeted civilians, using unconventional weapons including White Phosphorous shells and bombs, Heavy Bombs, Fuel Air Explosives, Cluster Bombs, and Silent Bombs. This resulted in the murder of unarmed children, women and old people waving white flags, and the destruction of lifeline civilian infrastructure and amenities such as ambulances, hospitals, mosques, and the UN's own headquarters and relief stores. As a result, 1,400 civilians were massacred and 5,450 severely injured. These innocent victims were the inmates of what the Catholic Church calls "Gaza Concentration Camp", 75% of whom are women and children, many of whom are physically and psychologically maimed and handicapped for life, as victims of aggressor army's reprisal for ZERO death amongst the occupiers in the preceding year (Sources: Lancet Global Health Network, UK & the Australian Jewish physician, Dr. Gideon Polya).
Thirty years ago, Chief of Staff of the said occupying army, Mordechai Gur, observed that since 1948, "we have been fighting against a population that lives in villages and cities." As the occupiers' most prominent military analyst, Zeev Schiff, summarized his remarks, "the Israeli Army has always struck civilian populations, purposely and consciously...the Army, he said, has never distinguished civilian [from military] targets...[but] purposely attacked civilian targets."
Far from an isolated remark or an individual aberration, this is the occupying regime's state policy. A year before the Gaza massacre, in May 2007, Mordechai Eliyahu, the former chief Sephardic Rabbi of the occupying regime wrote to Prime Minister Olmert, "[There is absolutely] no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive against Gaza aimed at stopping rocket launching." - Source: Jerusalem Post
His son, Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safed, elaborated on that and said his father advocated carpet bombing the general area from which the rockets were launched, regardless of the price in Palestinian life: "If they don't stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand, and if they don't stop after 1,000, we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop, we must kill 100,000 or even a million."
- Source: Jerusalem Post
Hate-filled remarks by high-ranking Zionist officials too are not secrets. The following are just a small sample illustrating the racist nature of the occupying regime's ideology and treatment of their native victims:
- "We have no solution, you (the Palestininans) shall continue to live like dogs, and whoever wishes may leave, and we will see where this process leads."- Moshe Dayan. (Source: Yossi Beilin, Mehiro shel Ihud (Revivim, 1985), http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Moshe_Dayan
- "The Palestinians are beasts walking on two legs"- Menachem Begin, Prime Minister, speech to the Knesset (Source: Amnon Kapeliouk's article "Begin and the Beats", The New Statesman, June 25th, 1982,).
- "When we have settled the land, all that the Palestinians can do about it is to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle"- Raphael Eithan, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces (Source: The New York Times, April 14th, 1983 ).
The Honorable Foreign Ministers of the European Union! We will not utter a word but respectfully turn to your valued judgment regarding the nature of these remarks. With your unrivalled moral standards, and oft-stated 'respect for human rights', Ladies and Gentleman, how do YOU politically and morally categorize such statements and the ideology from which they stem?
And, finally, please enlighten us and the world as to how your oft-repeated principle of "tolerance" might be exercised, when even a mild criticism of the manifest cases of state terrorism, racial hatred and genocide in the Middle East, is labeled, blocked and attacked as "intolerance"? Under the circumstances of such clear moral and intellectual inconsistency, the majority of the world is left with the inevitable conclusion that the "political will" of the old colonial powers is on the side of the perpetrators to continue with violence and racial discriminations, assured of the unwavering support from their "civilized", "peace-loving" allies, who also preside over and control the global institutions.
The Honorable EU Foreign Ministers! Immediately following the Gaza Genocide, the lady Foreign Minister of "the only democracy in the Middle East" remarked that "We stand for Western values"! And we agree they do! Gaza genocide by the occupying regime and your censor of any criticism of it has made your common stance and shared "values" amply clear!
Although opposition to "Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia" on paper and simultaneous support for Apartheid and for the perpetrators of the most heinous war crimes may, at first, seem contradictory, but is, nevertheless, clear evidence of the inherent consistency at the heart of these "agreed" "Western Values".
The Honorable EU Foreign Ministers! We do not believe that the populations in the West aspire and subscribe to YOUR stated "values". We stand with them and with the majority of the world condemning the perpetrators, the facilitators, and those white-washing these racial and hate crimes. We demand the highest international office not to succumb to such immoral pressure and to recognize and put an end to these barbaric atrocities.
The Honorable EU Foreign Ministers! Should your racial superiority attitude stop you from listening to views from the "uncivilized" Third-Worlders, you may at least benefit and learn from admirably honest Israelis and Jews:
According to the distinguished Professor Noam Chomsky, "Israel calculated that it would be advantageous to appear to "go crazy," causing vastly disproportionate terror, a doctrine that traces back to the 1950s."
And, according to Avi Shlaim, an Israeli professor of international relations at the University of Oxford, "The brief review of Israel's record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders". A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practices terrorism - the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. Israel fulfils all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it. Israel's real aim is not peaceful coexistence with its Palestinian neighbors but military domination. It keeps compounding the mistakes of the past with new and more disastrous ones. Politicians, like everyone else, are of course free to repeat the lies and mistakes of the past."
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