In a recent interview which I conducted with the brave Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff, he told me that he has never seen a nation to be as strong and powerful as the Palestinian nation.
I admire his statement. He is right in his position to say that the Palestinians are one of the strongest nations of the world. Palestinians are not well-off and sumptuous as the people of northern Europe, their annual GDP does not equate with that of Canada and France, they're not equipped with the state-of-the-art productions of technology, they don't have the capability to send all of their children to school to help them realize their dream of becoming useful and valuable individuals for the society, they don't live in edifices and penthouses and they don't earn $30,000 a year; however, they've achieved such sublime zeniths that takes hundreds of years for the other nations to accomplish.
Over the past 60 years, they've been under the incessant and unrelenting fire of a racist regime which is controlled by the people who don't understand anything of logic and reason. They've paid a high cost to preserve their values and morals against this chauvinistic regime.
Since September 29, 2000, some 6,348 Palestinians have been killed of which 1,441 ones were children; however, no "human rights" organization ringed a single alarm of sympathy with the nation of Palestine, as if that 6,348 killed people were not human beings to be taken into account.
The incarceration of a Middle Eastern journalist or the death of a Latin American activist in prison provokes so many condemnations and expressions of concern from the four corners of the world that one instantaneously comes to believe the truthfulness and honesty of those who bring up the claims of defending the "human rights"; however, it's wonderfully unbelievable that the continuous and unremitting massacre of Palestinian people, who have been under the brutal oppression of Israeli apartheid for more than 60 years, does not incite any condemnation, implicitly being admitted by the silence of "international community".
So; who is this international community? With regards to Iran's nuclear program, it is simply comprised of three countries who are opposed to Iran's development of nuclear energy, excluding 180 other countries who don't seem to be that much concerned about a peaceful country developing energy to meet its electricity needs. With regards to the Palestinian issue, however, the international community seems to have been made of no members!
Since 1967, 24,145 Palestinian homes have been destructed by Israel and, to the international community, this is not considered to be a violation of human rights; Palestinians should construct new homes for themselves, because the expansionistic nature of the Israeli regime is not inclined to be changed!, so, they're the Palestinians who should adapt themselves to the policies of Tel Aviv: Israel destructs, Palestinians get displaced, and the international community watches apathetically.
What about the United Nations Security Council?! Well, it's parading its capability to function as the authorized representative of Israel in the United Nations. 65 UNSC resolutions have been adopted against Israel during the period between 1955 and 1992; none of them have been heard by the Tel Aviv officials, and UNSC didn't take any step to hold the occupying regime accountable. So, why should there exist such a body if its resolutions are so ineffective and useless? Why should the member states continue passing resolutions if they're going to be operationalized discriminatorily?
Why didn't the 5 bigs of UNSC ever object to Israel's disobedience to the Resolution 452 which called on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories? Why didn't the permanent members of UNSC ever protest to Tel Aviv's defiance against the Resolution 456 which deplored the ongoing settlements and asked all the member states not to assist Israel's settlement program?
Why didn't Israel's violation of Fourth Geneva Convention in deporting hundreds of Palestinians in the occupied territories in 1992 ever motivate any objection by the international community? Why was the adoption UNSC Resolution 799 followed by the international community's silence and inaction?
I stand by the people of Palestine because
Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian media correspondent, freelance journalist and the author of Book 7+1. He is a contributing writer for websites and magazines in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, South Korea, Belgium, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. He is a member of Stony Brook University Publications’ editorial team and Media Left magazine’s board of editors, as well as a contributing editor for Finland’s Award-winning Ovi Magazine. As a young Iranian journalist, he has been interviewed and quoted by several mainstream mediums, including BBC World Service, PBS Media Shift, the Media Line network, Deutsch Financial Times, L.A. Times and Sky News. He is a contributing writer of Tehran Times newspaper. His articles and interviews have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, Italian, German and Arabic. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more articles by Kourosh Ziabari.
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