Issue 109: Security Council Meeting on Israel’s Decision to Remove Arafat

On Monday, a discussion was held at the Security Council on a draft resolution, submitted by Sudan on behalf of the Arab Group, in reaction to the Israeli decision “to remove” Arafat.  The draft resolution, “reaffirm[s] the illegality of the deportation of any Palestinian by Israel, the occupying power” and cites the 4th Geneva Convention, which codifies the laws of military occupation.

Analysis: Many of Arafat’s defenders proved to be uninformed, hypocritical and irresponsible.  The Palestinian representative, Nasser al-Kidwa, pointed out that the 4th Geneva Convention “clearly prohibited such a war crime.”  Article 49 of the Convention does read in part, “deportations of protected persons from occupied territory … are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”  Article 5, however, states that not everyone qualifies as a “protected person.”  It reads in part, if “an individual protected person is definitely suspected of or engaged in activities hostile to the security of the State [i.e. Israel], such individual person shall not be entitled to claim such rights and privileges under the present Convention as would, if exercised in the favor of such individual person, be prejudicial to the security of such State.”  Ambassadors of France, Guinea, and Malaysia made the same mistake.

Insulting the millions of murdered, tortured and mutilated people around the world, Al-Kidwa also accused Israel of committing “the worst crime in modern history, the transfer of more than 400,000 settlers to the territories.”

Shameless statements weren’t confined to international law.  The Council was also reminded that President Arafat was the democratically elected leader of the Palestinians by:

  • China, whose President Hu was elected by the Chinese Communist Party with a vote of 2,937 to 4.
  • Pakistan, whose President Musharraf took power in a military coup in 1999 and then “ratified” his presidency in 2002 by referendum.  He got 97%.
  • Egypt, whose President Mubarak is entering his 22nd year in power.
  • United Arab Emirates, whose President Zayid has ruled since 1971 and is regularly re-elected … by the  six other emirs.
  • the League of Arab States, which collectively represents the least democratic region of the world.
  • Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Which countries did not qualify Arafat as democratically elected?  Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Norway and the United States – the democracies.  As former CIA director Jim Woolsey said last year, “Arafat was essentially elected the same way Stalin was, but not nearly as democratically as Hitler, who at least had actual opponents.”  Not that Arafat had no opponent.  The other candidate was Ms. Samiha Khalil, a 72 year old social worker, who got 9% of the vote.  That was seven and a half-years ago.  When does his term end, and will Ms. Khalil again be his opponent?

As the UN Secretary-General’s personal representative, Terje Roed-Larsen’s comments deserve special scrutiny and are worth quoting at length.  He said, “without significant Israeli concessions related particularly to settlements and the separation wall, neither the peace process nor any peace-minded Palestinian leader would be credible in the eyes of the Palestinian people.  Without a credible Palestinian leader, it would be difficult for the Palestinian Authority to take the necessary steps of consolidating security forces, disarming militant groups and establishing law and order.”  Apparently, he is reading the Road Map upside-down, because the very first operative sentence requires that “In Phase I, the Palestinians immediately undertake an unconditional cessation of violence.”

The emissary of a terrorist invokes international law.  Dictators defend “democracy.”  A senior UN official brushes aside the UN-co-sponsored Road Map.  In a word, a farce.

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