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Friday, March 21, 2008

Let's Hear It For The Bad Guys

In the comments to a post by Osama Saeed on the yeshiva shootings, joe90 from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign links to some interesting documents. As he says:

Hamas wants peace, Israel doesn't -
Hamas Leader: We'll Accept Israel Within 1967 Borders - An interview with Khaled Meshaal
by Rainer Rupp
20 Dec 2006

Syria wants peace, Israel doesn't
(choose any article from this random db list list)
The Israeli government rebuffs Syrian proposals for negotiations without preconditions

The Arab League wants peace and normal relations, Israel doesn't -
Carrots-and-Sticks in the Middle East - The Five Percent Solution
By John V. Whitbeck
01 Aug 2007

Perhaps not very comfortable reading,but I have to suppress the urge to yell "I told you so" as I have long maintained that the principal, and sometimes the only, barrier to peace in West Asia is the rejectionist attitude of successive Israeli governments. How those guys sleep at night I don't know.

Joe also commented on a recent UN report, which has, as he says, been, er, under-reported here:

In case you missed it, as the likes of the BBC have yet to even acknowledge the existence of this recent UN report, here is the difference between Palestinian terrorism and Israel war crimes:
Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories

UN Special Rapporteur John Dugard
21 Jan 2008

(4) I.B "Common sense, however, dictates that a distinction must be drawn between acts of mindless terror, such as acts committed by Al Qaeda, and acts committed in the course of a war of national liberation against colonialism, apartheid or military occupation. While such acts cannot be justified, they must be understood as being a painful but inevitable consequence of colonialism, apartheid or occupation."

(5) I.B - "Israel must address the occupation and the violation of human rights and international humanitarian law it engenders, and not invoke the justification of terrorism as a distraction, as a pretext for failure to confront the root cause of Palestinian violence - the occupation." (my emphasis)

This time it's hard to imagine anyone to whom this report would come as a shock. As it states near the beginning:

It is true that reports on the OPT follow a familiar pattern and deal with substantially similar factual situations. They record violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have occurred in a systematic and consistent manner over many years, some going back to the start of the occupation 40 years ago. Settlements, checkpoints, demolition of houses, torture, closure of crossings and military incursions have characterized the occupation for many decades and have featured regularly in reports. Reports inevitably, and correctly, continue to report on such matters and to record their consequences and frequency in a changing environment. New violations of human rights and humanitarian law are added as they occur, such as the construction of the wall (since 2003), sonic booms, targeted killings, the use of Palestinians as human shields, and the humanitarian crisis produced by the non-payment of tax money due to the Palestinians. In short, reports are repetitious because the same violations of human rights and humanitarian law continue to occur in the OP.

In other words, sorry to bang on about this, but we only keep repeating ourselves because the Israeli occupiers never improve their human rights performance.

Maybe someone should do an "Israeli Occupation in Five Seconds". You could imagine the soundtrack:

Bang! (man falls dead)
Bang! (woman falls dead)
BOOM! (huge explosion brings house down onto family)
Shriek! (woman forced to give birth at checkpoint holds dead baby)
Bang! (teenager falls dead, shot in back by settler)
Ha ha ha! (settlers admire "Arabs to the gas chambers" graffiti)
The end.

Except fortunately we know it isn't the end.


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