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I Stand by Palestine Forever

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they're real human beings.

Palestinian solidarity
All artwork by the amazing Artist Carlos Latuff,
friend of, in Rio de Janeiro.

(TEHRAN) - 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?

All artwork by the amazing Artist Carlos Latuff, friend of, in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they don't breach the international regulations.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they are standing on their own feet.

I stand by the people of Palestine because they don't occupy, terrorize and massacre.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they don't pay the mainstream media to stage psychological warfare.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they haven't been subject to any UNSC resolution.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they haven't been supported by any of the imperialistic powers so far.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they don't receive $7.0 million of military aide from the United States per day.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they don't dream of expanding their frontiers from the Euphrates to Nile.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they've been, and are, submissive to the laws of morality, laws of humanity.

I stand by the people of Palestine, because they're real human beings.


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Matt May 14, 2010 8:35 am (Pacific time)

Actually, I owe you an apology. I was receiving Salem-News feeds through my email host (AOL), and for whatever reason the only articles linked to their homepage are all Israel-themed. The topics covered are diverse and orginal. Thanks for responding.

Matt May 13, 2010 11:27 am (Pacific time)

Ok, quick question: Why is it that virtually every article published in "Salem-News" about Israel? As a Pacific Islander, I have no ethnic affinity for either side of that conflict, but why don't all you "journalists" get together and just publish a book about your contempt for Israel instead of pretending to be a news organization? Sincere question.

Editor: Matt, the content of the site has changed greatly since the beginning.  This was launched as a news service for Salem, Oregon.  I was your average American who knew practically nothing about the conflict between Israel and Palestine at that point; maybe more than some, but literally only a fraction of what I know now.  I covered the war in Afghanistan in 2006/2007 and I covered the war in Iraq the following year.  These are the situations that impacted our content.  It was being with Afghans and Iraqis; citizens, soldiers, interpreters, that I began to really assemble the sequence of events.  It basically has become increasingly clear that the entire situation in the Middle East is based on a given set of circumstances, almost exclusively tied to Israel's takeover of Palestine in the years following WWII.  Another part of this is that Salem, Oregon residents are still more interested in supporting newspaper than online news in many respects, and our audience is more national and international than we expected it to be. 

The bottom line: if peace could be established in this sensitive part of the world and if the United States could back off on the funding of the Israel's oppression of Palestinians through the building of settlements and military hardware, then I think we have a chance.  I did by the way Matt, catch your tone in the comment, but I responded because of the way you closed it.  So I hope that tones down your contempt for the journalists who contribute here.  The last thing to explain your question, is that the word 'Salem' means peace and it is very similar to the terms used in the Mid East; shalom and salaam.  This word has literally caused many thousands of people to believe we are not a regional site at all, but one that is framed around the notion of peace.     

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