Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Twelve Reasons for the International Community
to Punish Israel
By Yamin Zakaria
Al-Jazeerah, ccun.org, June 7, 2010
"Maybe because we all grew used to seeing the Israelis kill
Arabs, maybe the Israelis grew used to killing Arabs. Now they kill Turks" –
Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction; Iran or any of the other
peaceful countries in the region does not have any nuclear weapons,
Israel refuses to become a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty
(NPT), and denies international inspection of its nuclear weapons; the
recent declassified documents shows Israel offered nuclear weapons to
the old apartheid regime of South Africa. One can see Israel’s natural
affinity towards another racist regime; it is a clear threat to the
proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Iran has not attacked any of its neighbours, whereas Israel has
constantly attacked its neighbour, and repeatedly in some cases, killing
thousands of innocent civilians. It has now sent two of its submarine
equipped with nuclear weapons to the coast of Iran. In the words of
Norman Finkelstein, Israel is a lunatic state, armed with nuclear
weapons, constitutes a real threat to the peace and security in the
Israel has been violating UN resolutions almost from its illegitimate
birth in 1948, and it continues to steal lands by building illegal
settlement in the West Bank. Israel is a bastard child that fails to see
the legitimate fathers of the land; they are the Palestinians.
Israel operates like the criminal mafia organisation, resorts to
cowardly assassination; recently it murdered the Hamas commander in
Dubai, and earlier Sheikh Ahmed Yasin.
The Gaza slaughter in 2009 has been certified as a war crime by the UN
Judge, Richard Goldstein, where Israel broke the norms of warfare and
used chemical weapons on the civilian population, attacked ambulances
carrying the dead and injured. They killed 1500 Palestinians, bulk of
them innocent women and children.
Israel’s disregard for the UN goes beyond ignoring UN resolutions; it
attacked the UN compound during the carnage in Gaza. It also attacked
and killed Journalists.
Israel has an official policy of ethnic cleansing; accordingly, it
systematically targets Palestinian women and children. This is partly
because the Palestinian population is growing at a much faster rate, and
the Israelis cannot compete on demographic front, perhaps the Zionist
seeds are weak; this is compounded by a religion that emphasises on
Israel is not the democracy of the Middle East, but symbolises tyranny
and oppression that has no place in the civilised world. It regularly
demolishes Palestinian homes and continues to prevent the building of
basic facilities; thus, deprive them of the most basic human rights. Far
from being a democracy, Israel displays all the traits of a Fascist
state that has no regard for anyone else.
Israel is a racist state that practices hate and intolerance of
non-Jews. The policy of the right to return means, any Jew can come and
occupy the Arab land, whereas the Palestinians displaced in 1948 cannot
return, which is a clear violation of international law.
Israel is responsible for creating the largest concentration camp of
Gaza by the illegal blockade placed over it for the last three years,
which the Amnesty International has called a flagrant violation of
international law. It defies belief that these were the people put in
concentration camp by the Nazis only 60 years ago, yet they find it so
easy to treat other human beings in a similar way.
Now, Israel has shamefully attacked a peace convoy in international
water, killing innocent peace activists carrying aid for the desperate
people of Gaza. Subsequently, Israeli authority imprisoned the
activists, which is akin to holding them as hostages.
Why was there a need to conduct the raid in the middle of the night using
live ammunition, instead of rubber bullets? Those boats would have come to
the ports, and the Israelis could have easily inspected the boats for
weapons. In any case, the boats had already passed through several European
ports and cleared by customs. Maybe Israel has become accustomed to
attacking the weak and defenceless, but it is the shame in seeing that many
people around the world coming to break the criminal siege of Gaza that
prompted the shameless Israelis to react in a shameful way.
If this were Iran or any other Muslim nation, condemnation would have
been swift; the US would have been preparing to send bombing raids, the
politicians and the media would have made the usual howling noise about
terrorism and militancy, demonising the entire civilisation of Islam. The
initial reaction from the US shows great caution, rather than a single word
of condemnation for the murderous acts of Israel.
So, where is the will of the international community now? The arrogant US
always talks as the ‘international community’ when it speaks to Iran.
However, the real international community has spoken today in response to
Israeli terrorism and piracy, as they did over the Gaza carnage. Will the UN
Security Council reflect the voice of the real international community now?
Unlikely, because the US will most likely use its veto power to protect the
tiny pariah nation, and ignore the voice of the majority nations, in line
with its democratic credential!
A military response of Israel needs to be met with a military response,
and it would be within Turkey’s right to (do so). At the very least, Turkey
should demand compensation, UN sanctions, and the extradition of the Israeli
soldiers responsible for the crimes committed in the international waters.
Peace cannot take place without justice; Israel is an obvious obstacle to
peace. It is time for the real international community to demand the current
international trend of bombing a nation, to bring about a regime change.
Israel has committed war crimes, state terrorism, piracy, theft of land,
murder of innocent civilians, assassination, ethnic cleansing. Why should it
be any different for Israel? Bringing Israel to account would be the first
step to bring about real justice, which would allow real peace to prevail in
Yamin Zakaria, London, UK