More "poor palestinians".
Posted by Exile on September 27, 2006
The BBC is championing a report made by a South African born lawyer, John Dugard. He is reporting from Gaza and is described as a “UN expert on the Middle East conflict”. Whatever that may be. (Just what makes one and expert?) He is more than a little peeved at just about everybody for Gaza’s state of affairs. Everyone, that is, except the Palestinians.
Standards of human rights in the Palestinian territories have fallen to intolerable new levels, says a UN expert on the Mid-East conflict. John Dugard said Israel was largely to blame for turning Gaza into “a prison” and “throwing away the key”. He also criticised Canada, Europe and the US for cutting funds to Palestinian Authority, run by the Hamas militant group which does not recognise Israel.
Well pardon me, Mr Dugard, but I would rather describe Gaza as a zoo, not a prison. After all, that’s where one normally keeps wild animals. And why should independant countries support a government that only sees it’s neighbour as a target for destruction? The other similarity to a zoo, is feeding time.
Mr Dugard, UN special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, said three-quarters of Palestinians in Gaza now depended on food aid – a result, he added, of Israeli military raids, blockades and demolitions.
If the Palestinians had put some effort into growing a few vegetables and building a few indusries, that wouldn’t be necessary. Instead of giving them money, with which they buy weapons, we give them food. It has nothing to do with blockades. As I have said before, you don’t build much with an RPG, you don’t plant many crops with an AK47. If they showed the same determination to support themselves as they do to the destruction of Israel, then they would be fine and wouldn’t need our “support” at all.
Mr. Dugard has more:
The situation – in the wake of Israel’s response to the capture of a soldier by militants from Gaza during a cross-border raid – is worse than at any time during my mandate, Mr Dugard said. More than 100 civilians have been killed in army raids and bombardments in the Gaza Strip. “What Israel chooses to describe as collateral damage to the civilian population is in fact indiscriminate killing prohibited by international law,” he said.
One can marvel at his political prowess. How may Israelis have been killed by suicide bombs? Ooh, not mentioned. Isn’t wanton murder of civilians illegal for a palestinian too? Ooh, not discussed. Is kidnapping not illegal anywhere? Is cross-border raiding not equally a crime? Ooh, not important. Well, not to our Mr. “UN expert” Dugard
This man is obsessed with a non-existant “international law”:
“Israel violates international law as expounded by the Security Council and the International Court of Justice and goes unpunished,” he said.
Sorry old chum. I tried looking up the “international law” on warfare and suppression of terrorist activities. Couldn’t find it. Anywhere. Neither will you. There isn’t one.
Meanwhile, he says, Palestinian people are punished for having democratically elected a regime unacceptable to Israel, the US and the EU.
“In effect, the Palestinian people have been subjected to economic sanctions – the first time an occupied people has been so treated,” he said.
An occupied people? I think he means “preoccupied”. Preoccupied with the destruction of their neighbours and their total lack of invention and unwillingness to take responsibilty for their own well being and existence in the Middle East. The Palestinians don’t need another mouthpiece like Dugard. They need a swift and well placed kick in the collective rear to get them up off it. If the Palestinians actually did something for themselves, instead of wallowing in hatred and self pity as they have done for the past sixty years, then none of this would be necessary. They do not have my sympathy. And they aren’t likely to get it unless they change.