Published On:09 December 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

No grounds to justify Israeli atrocities

Apartheid state committed many war crimes and violated numerous international laws from killing innocent civilians, to building illegal colonies

By Tariq A. Al Maeena

Back in 2003, the Federated States of Micronesia, along with Marshall Islands, were among the solitary few holdouts, along with Israel and the US, against a United Nations General Assembly resolution censuring Israel for its publicised intentions to assassinate the then president of Palestine, Yasser Arafat.

Fast forward nine years and in another vote at the UN general body, this time on the status of Palestine and its quest for statehood, the two countries, along with the US and Israel, voted against the motion to grant the legitimate occupants of the land a formal recognition. They were also joined by Canada and the Czech Republic, while most of the free world overwhelmingly opted to differ with them and voted in favour of the Palestinian demand for statehood.

As far as Canada’s role goes, it has not come as a surprise to many in the region. Canadian foreign policy, with regard to the Middle East, has been heavily biased against the Arabs and Muslims in general in recent times. Whether it is the influence of an AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] cloned lobby or Zionists disguised in Canadian lawmakers’ garb, Canada has taken a stand and its message is loud and clear: We will support Israeli interests at all costs, even if it means condoning killings and repression.

Photo Courtesy: Luis Vazquez/Gulf News
This was clearly demonstrated when Israel announced plans to build 3,000 colonist homes in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in retaliation to the Palestinians winning recognition at the UN General Assembly a day after the vote. Canada refused to condemn such deliberate and volatile Israeli plans for new colonies in areas that belonging to Palestinians.

The Czech Republic, on the other hand, has been a bit of a surprise. This nation formed as a result of the split of the mother country Czechoslovakia, perhaps forgot lessons from recent history when they themselves became an oppressed nation against invading Soviets in 1968 — not unlike the hapless Palestinians whose territories are constantly invaded by the marauding Israelis. A quarter of a million Czechoslovakians were displaced, arrested or forced to flee the Soviet armada.

Some might argue that the tactics used by the Israelis in displacing the Palestinians out of their rightful ownership of their territories today is similar to what the Czechs did following the Second World War, when the entire German community of Czechoslovakia, with few exceptions, was deported to the countries of Germany and Austria. Many of the ethnic German minority were arrested and detained, while many others were used as slave labourers. There were also verified accounts of massacres of German prisoners, many of whom had no connection with the Nazis. Perhaps such a sordid history may explain their solidarity with the Israelis.

As for the US, one does not have to dig deep for any explanation. US Foreign policy in the Middle East is dictated by the Zionist lobby operating deep within the bowels of the US government, period! Lawmakers and lobbyists feel no tinge of remorse placing Israeli interests above the interests of the US, the net effect of which has created regional resentment against such biased foreign policy.

In voting against the resolution, the US government has once again demonstrated its duplicity when it comes to effecting foreign policy in this part of the world. Ignore their argument that such a move would derail the road map. That map has become extinct as Palestinians have silently watched the continuous erosion of their territories and the expansion of Jewish colonies in spite of several UN resolutions.

So that leaves us with the Marshal Islands and Micronesia. Both are tiny islands with very small populations. They depend on the economic gratuities of the US for existence. In fact, it is questionable to call them sovereign states, as their dependence would perhaps be better suited by an addition of two stars to the State of the Union, or in plain English, be part of the territories of the US.

However, if they insist on remaining sovereign nations, they should understand the following: Israel has a long history of desecrating the horrible tragedy of the Holocaust in order to suppress legitimate criticism of its own crimes. The apartheid state of Israel has been involved in many war crimes and violated numerous international laws from killing innocent civilians, to building illegal colonies on Palestinian land.

An added piece of knowledge to help them in their next round of voting could be the words of Dr Hajo Meyer, a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, who said: “The Israelis tried to dehumanise the Palestinians, just like the Nazis tried to dehumanise me. Nobody should dehumanise any other and those who try to dehumanise another are not human. It may be that Israel is not the cruellest country in the world … but one thing I know for sure is that Israel is the world champion in pretending to be civilised and cultured.”

And a direct attack on Israel’s belligerent shouts of anti-Semitism whenever someone disagrees with their hostile policies, Dr Meyer added. “Formerly, an anti-Semite was somebody who hated Jews because they were Jews and had a Jewish soul. But nowadays, an anti-Semite is somebody who is hated by Jews.”

Are the Marshall Islands and Micronesia prepared to accept such realities?

[Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator. He lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.]

(Courtesy: Gulf News)

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