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Deliberate Acquiescence to Israeli Terrorism

By Dr Shireen M Mazari • Jan 16th, 2009 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 8 Comments

Even as we in Pakistan are confronted with multiple developments and issues, the slaughter of innocent Palestinians in Gaza at the hands of a murderous Zionist state has focused our emotions of anger, helplessness and frustration alongside similarly displayed emotions across the civil societies of the world. For the Muslims in particular the attempted genocide of the Gaza populace is yet another reminder of the self-imposed helplessness of their rulers. The fact that many Muslim states continue to maintain their diplomatic relations with Israel when a non-Muslim leader in Latin America, Hugo Chavez, has had the moral courage to break these ties, should be a source of shame for Muslim ruling elites everywhere.

What has also come to the fore once again is the total acceptance of this Israeli murderous rampage by the USA. Obama’s silence on the issue speaks louder than any hypocritical statements he made earlier on human rights and anti-terrorism. Clearly, Israel’s state terrorism is as acceptable to him as it is to all other US politicians and the general US public. And the mutterings of the British leadership have once again shown the subservient role they are content to play to the US. Surely at this time it is indecent of Miliband to visit us and talk about extremism and terrorism – when there is a large-scale commission of unabated Israeli terrorism taking place in Gaza. Frankly, if the Zardari government had a modicum of self-respect they would refuse to receive Miliband at this time when we are mourning the daily murders of innocent Palestinians. But then, if we can continue awarding high national awards to the supporters of the murderers of Palestinians, like Biden, how will we have the gumption to stand up to Miliband’s brand of neoimperialism?

But can nothing really be done against these new Israeli killings? Is the Muslim World really so helpless in the face of this brazen display of Israeli state terrorism? No, except in a psychological sense of being unable to stand up to the US. So, what could be done if the will was there within the Muslim ruling elites? There is always the option of the oil-rich states finally taking their assets out of Western institutions, but that does not seem a viable option given the self-interest of the rulers of these states. Then there is another option through the OIC collectivity – that is a military option whereby the high tech military hardware accumulated by many rich Muslim states can be used in defence of the Palestinians. After all, what is to stop the OIC from sending a multinational force to combat this Israeli aggression similar to the Allies effort against Nazism? After all, the OIC itself was formed as a response to the aggression of the Zionist state against Al Quds in the first place so it would be within its international legal mandate.

If the Muslim World is unable to pick up the moral courage to do any of the above, then there is also a way now provided for, ironically, by the UN Security Council itself through Resolution 1373 passed in the aftermath of 9/11. This resolution begins by condemning the acts of terror of 9/11, but then goes beyond to deal with the issue of terrorism in general. The resolution gives its context as the binding chapter VII of the UN charter and the operative paras are 1 and 2 of the resolution. Para I, demands that states “Criminalize the wilful provision or collection, by any means, directly or indirectly, of funds by their nationals or in their territories with the intention that the funds should be used … in order to carry out terrorist acts.” Para 2 demands that states “Refrain from providing any form of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts … and eliminating the supply of weapons.” Nowhere does this Resolution declare that it is only with reference to non-state actors and the reference to entities can also be applied to states. Clearly, under these paras the US stands guilty of abetting terrorism because it has allowed Jewish groups in the US to raise money for Israel and has itself supplied weapons to Israel. Now, if Pakistan is expected to deal with non-state actors or face international consequences under this resolution, surely OIC states can also hold the US to these provisions? Or we should simply declare this UNSC resolution as having been breached by a permanent member the US, and thus having lost its credibility as so many other UNSC resolutions.

As for the issue of state terrorism – just like any form of terrorism, it has also been defined to some extent in UNSC Resolution 1566 (2004), para 3, which states, inter alia, that “criminal acts, including against civilians, committed with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury … with the purpose to provoke a state of terror in the general public or in a group of persons or particular persons, intimidate a population …are under no circumstances justifiable by considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or other similar nature….” Surely this describes Israel’s massacre of the Palestinians perfectly and therefore Israel stands guilty of state terrorism and should be subject to the same penalties that other perpetrators of terrorism are to be subjected to.

So why is no Muslim state moving against Israel within the wide scope now offered by the anti-terrorism UNSC resolutions. Also, there is the whole gamut of international humanitarian law codified in the four Geneva conventions and its two additional protocols, which Israel has breached with this aggression against the whole Palestinian population of Gaza – with even UN schools and medical assistance teams being targeted. So that is another tool available for dealing with the latest Zionist aggression. And, finally, it may be worth reminding our psychologically paralysed Muslim leaders that the International Criminal Court had put out a warrant for the Sudanese president despite the fact that Sudan is not a party to the ICC, citing Darfur and other incidents involving human rights abuse and killings in Sudan. Surely the attempted genocide of the Gaza Palestinians is a crime against humanity; so why has the ICC failed to issue warrants against the Israeli leadership? Or are there two standards: One for Muslims and another for non-Muslims?

It is indeed a supreme irony that those that Hitler massacred have turned to do the same to the Palestinians! In fact there are haunting similarities between the Nazis and the Zionist state. After all, if the Zionists can refer to the UN as a source of their state’s legitimacy – although nowhere did the UN seek to throw out Palestinians from their lands and have them periodically butchered at the hands of the Zionist entity – Hitler had even a greater claim to political legitimacy since he had elections to cite as his claim to power! And just as the Jewish holocaust (unless we accept revisionist history that it never took place) was part of his agenda, clearly Israel’s agenda is the Palestinian holocaust, albeit in stages. Just as British prime minister Chamberlain followed a policy of appeasement towards the Nazis till it was too late, so the US and its allies have been following a similar appeasement policy towards Israel as it becomes ever more ruthless in its violence against the Palestinians.

From the continuous killings of Palestinians by the Israeli military to Sharon’s acts of terrorism unleashed on the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps to the present state terrorism in Gaza, the killings have become more audacious and we now know that Israel is using chemical weapons (white phosphorous bombs) as well as other inhumane weapons as described by two Norwegian doctors against which there are international conventions. Yet the US, including its president-elect Obama, continues to allow this holocaust of the Palestinians.

And Muslim governments continue to maintain a deadly silence – beyond a few whimperings and mutterings – even as their people rise in protest. Is it any wonder the Muslim street is becoming increasingly radicalised? They said the League of Nations was too discredited to provide an international response to Hitler, but the UNSC is now armed with powerful anti-terror resolutions and mechanisms for their implementation. So why is the international community mute on Israel? Or are these resolutions only for Muslims while the rest of the world is free to commit all manner of acts of terror unhindered?

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  1. “Frankly, if the Zardari government had a modicum of self-respect they would refuse to receive Miliband at this time when we are mourning the daily murders of innocent Palestinians.” (Mazari)

    Wow! I thought the writer claims expertise in defense analysis !

    It seems true that ‘mourning’ diminishes thinking ! Zardari government is there because people of Pakistan put them there to achieve what is best in the interest of Pakistan and not anyone else.

    “But then, if we can continue awarding high national awards to the supporters of the murderers of Palestinians, like Biden, how will we have the gumption to stand up to Miliband’s brand of neoimperialism?”

    Come on, you can pretend what you like, but you know in the heart of your heart that Joe Biden is a friend of Pakistan and, of course, Pakistan appreciates his friendly efforts to promote our case and this ‘high national award’ is just our recognition of Joe Biden’s friendship.

    Zardari Government fired you and it is good so, after all how long we the poor must bear the cost of such white elephants in the garb of ‘Director’ of this ‘Policy Analysis’ or that useless ‘expertise’ . You sold your incompetence at high price to the nation it is time for you to find some other source for your ‘upkeep’ Madam (self appointed!!) ‘Defense Analyst’ !!!!!

  2. UN security council’s all the resolutions against terrorisms are being used against terrorists. Hamas has been declared as terrorists organization (it does not matter if Palestinians elected them to govern them). Whereas Israel is UN member state and no matter how many Palestinians are killed by her, she has never been declared terrorist or even part of axis of evil. It is the weakness of all the Muslim countries which are unable to unite and provide any resources for their people.

  3. Dear Dr.mazari,
    You always bring up the question of Muslim countries and their leadership because it suits your Muslim readers to bash something; now that Bush is no more in scene.
    Today hamas is demanding withdrawal of Israel from Gaza and ceaefire for One year!!!!!!!!!do they think the Israeli leadership is nincompoops like Indian politicians.
    They just want one year respite to fatten their missile launching capacity which is not going to be given to them.

    What i find funny is that even the SALAFI JIHADIES are for creating a new jihadi outfit called
    MAJLIS SHOORA AL-MUJADEEN BIBILAD BAIT-AL-MAQDIS. to kill Israelis surreptitiously They are not for Hamas!!!!


  5. Pakistan could neither eleminate the taliaban raised by them nor control them. At the same time they could not stop america firing missiles left right centre at its border killing even civilian similar to what is happening in gaza.

    Where is the question of pakistan doing something to gaza when it is standing in queue to take money from imf and arms from USA.

    Let us be practical rather than creating dramatics and over blowing once strength.

  6. Hi

    Benefit for all. Extracts of speech by Hafez A.B Mohamed: Director-General, Al Baraka Bank.

    o World Jewish Population. 14 million
    o Distribution: 7 m in America
    5 m in Asia
    2 m in Europe
    100 thousand in Africa
    o World Muslim Population: 1.5 billion
    o Distribution: 1 billion in Asia/Mid-East
    400 M in Africa
    44 M in Europe
    6 M in the Americas
    o Every fifth human being is a Muslim.
    o For every single Hindu there are two Muslims
    o For every Buddhist there are two Muslims
    o For every Jew there are 107 Muslims
    o Yet the 14 million Jews are more powerful than the entire 1.5 billion Muslims


    Here are some of the reasons.

    Movers of Current History
    o Albert Einstein Jewish
    o Sigmund Freud Jewish
    o Karl Marx Jewish
    o Paul Samuelson Jewish
    o Milton Friedman Jewish

    Medical Milestones
    o Vaccinating Needle: Benjamin Ruben Jewish
    o Polio Vaccine Jonas Salk Jewish
    o Leukaemia Drug Gertrude Elion Jewish
    o Hepatitis B Baruch Blumberg Jewish
    o Syphilis Drug Paul Ehrlich Jewish
    o Neuro muscular Elie Metchnikoff Jewish
    o Endocrinology Andrew Schally Jewish
    o Cognitive therapy. Aaron Beck Jewish
    o Contraceptive Pill Gregory Pincus Jewish
    o Understanding of Human Eye. G. Wald Jewish
    o Embryology. Stanley Cohen Jewish
    o Kidney Dialysis Willem Kloffcame Jewish

    Nobel Prize Winners
    o In the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 180 Nobel prizes whilst 1.5 billion Muslims have contributed only 3 Nobel winners

    Inventions that changed History
    o Micro- Processing Chip. Stanley Mezor Jewish
    o Nuclear Chain Reactor Leo Sziland Jewish
    o Optical Fibre Cable Peter Schultz Jewish
    o Traffic Lights Charles Adler Jewish
    o Stainless Steel Benno Strauss Jewish
    o Sound Movies Isador Kisee Jewish
    o Telephone Microphone Emile Berliner Jewish
    o Video Tape Recorder Charles Ginsburg Jewish

    Influential Global Business
    o Polo Ralph Lauren Jewish
    o Coca Cola Jewish
    o Levi’s Jeans Levi Strauss Jewish
    o Sawbuck’s Howard Schultz Jewish
    o Google Sergey Brin Jewish
    o Dell Computers Michael Dell Jewish
    o Oracle Larry Ellison Jewish
    o DKNY Donna Karan Jewish
    o Baskin & Robbins Irv Robbins Jewish
    o Dunkin Donuts Bill Rosenberg Jewish

    Influential Intellectuals/ Politicians
    o Henry Kissinger , US Sec of State Jewish
    o Richard Levin, PresidentYaleUniver sity Jewish
    o Alan Greenspan , US Federal Reserve Jewish
    o Joseph Lieberman Jewish
    o Madeleine Albright , US Sec of State Jewish
    o CasperWeinberger , US Sec of Defence Jewish
    o Maxim Litvinov , USSR Foreign Minister Jewish
    o DavidMarshal , Singapore Chief Minister Jewish
    o Isaacs Isaacs, Gov-GenAustralia Jewish
    o Benjamin Disraeli, British Statesman Jewish
    o Yevgeny Primakov, Russian PM Jewish
    o Barry Goldwater , US Politician Jewish
    o Jorge Sampaio, President Portugal Jewish
    o Herb Gray, Canadian Deputy - PM Jewish
    o Pierre Mendes, French PM Jewish
    o Michael Howard, British Home Sec. Jewish
    o Bruno Kriesky, Austrian Chancellor Jewish
    o Robert Rubin , US Sec of Treasury Jewish

    Global Media Influential
    o Wolf Blitzer, CNN Jewish
    o Barbara Walters ABC News Jewish
    o EugeneMeyer , Washington Post Jewish
    o Henry Grunwald, Time Magazine Jewish
    o Katherine Graham , Washington Post Jewish
    o Joseph Lelyeld, New York Times Jewish
    o Max Frankel, New York Times Jewish

    Global Philanthropists
    o George Soros Jewish
    o Walter Annenberg Jewish

    Why are they powerful? why are Muslims powerless?

    Here’s another reason. We have lost the capacity to produce knowledge.

    o In the entire Muslim World (57 Muslim Countries) there are only 500 universities.
    o In USA alone, 5,758 universities
    o In India alone, 8,407 universities
    o Not one university in the entire Islamic World features in the Top 500 Ranking Universities of the World
    o Literacy in the Christian World 90%
    o Literacy in the Muslim World 40%
    o 15 Christian majority-countries, literacy rate 100%
    o Muslim majority - countries , None
    o 98% in Christian countries completed primary
    o Only 50% in Muslim countries completed primary.
    o 40% in Christian countries attended university
    o In Muslim countries a dismal 2% attended.
    o Muslim majority countries have 230 scientists per one million Muslims
    o The USA has 5000 per million
    o The Christian world 1000 technicians per million.
    o Entire Arab World only 50 technicians per million.
    o Muslim World spends on research/developmen t 0.2% of GDP
    o Christian World spends 5 % of GDP

    o The Muslim World lacks the capacity to produce knowledge.

    Another way of testing the degree of knowledge is the degree of diffusing knowledge.

    o Pakistan 23 daily newspapers per 1000 citizens
    o Singapore 460 per 1000 citizens.
    o In UK book titles per million is 2000
    o In Egypt book titles per million is only 17

    o Muslim World is failing to diffuse knowledge

    Applying Knowledge is another such test.
    o Exports of high tech products from Pakistan is 0.9% of its exports.
    o In Saudi Arabia is 0.2%
    o Kuwait , Morocco and Algeria 0.3%
    o Singapore alone is 68%

    o Muslim World is failing to apply knowledge.

    What do you conclude? no need to tell the figures are speaking themselves very loudly we are unable to listen


    Please educate yourself and your children. always promote education, don’t compromise on it, don’t ignore your children’s slightest misguidance from education (and please, for God’s Sake, don’t use your personal contacts or sources to promote your children in their education; if they fail, let them and make them learn to pass; b/c if they can’t do it now, they can’t ever).
    We are World’s biggest and strongest nation, all we need is to identify and explore our ownselves. Our victory is with our knowledge, our creativity, our literacy…And nothing else.

  7. see pictures of Israeli terrorism at

  8. Abey O Khurram Khan

    Stay away from Israel. Else that Israeli missile will be shot in your a**ehole.

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