Scottish Friends of Palestine welcomes the recent
inauguration of the Palestinian parliament under occupation,
the Palestinian Legislative Council
Scottish Friends of Palestine welcomes the recent inauguration
of the Palestinian parliament under occupation, the Palestinian
Legislative Council. We wish it well.
We also hope that under its new governship there will be a
move to include the Palestinian disapora, amounting to over
5,000,000 Palestinian people, whom the state of Israel seeks
to ignore. For a just and lasting peace it is imperative that
the rights of all Palestinian people are acknowledged.
SFoP is well aware that its sentiments are at variance with
those of the detractors of Palestinian democracy, those for
whom the outcome of the Palestinian elections did not meet their
desires and expectations.
We would ask such detractors to give cognisance to the following:
The PLO has long recognised the right of the state of Israel
to exist within secure borders. The state of Israel has yet
to declare its borders. For nearly sixty years the Armistice
lines which form the state of Israel have been, and continue
to be, stretched out of all recognition. A people have a right
to resist military occupation and seek their rights. By what
logic should the occupied be required to recognise the rights
of a military occupier while the latter consolidate the occupation
at the expense of the lives and the livliehoods of the occupied?
Hizbollah was the body responsible for fighting the Israeli
occupation of Southern Lebanon. Both the USA and the EU have
no objection to this body having political representation and
influence in the Lebanese parliament.
In the USA some 60 million evangelical Christians adhere to
a "Christian Charter". This Charter is predicated upon the outcome
of Armageddon, where amongst other bloodthirsty outcomes, the
state of Israel will be wiped out. This Charter does not form
the election platform of any political party. It is rarely publicised.
Yet President George W Bush has affinity with the evangelical
Christians. He has the power and the capacity to be responsible
for many Armageddons.
In Israel the right wing religious zealots have a "Judaic Charter".
This Charter is predicated upon extending the state of Israel
to encompass the land between the Nile and the Euphrates. In
this scenario much of Egypt and Iraq would be wiped out.
This Charter does not form the election platform of the mainstream
political parties in Israel. It is rarely publicised in the
English speaking media.
The Hebrew media is more honest. The reigning Likud party has
strong affinity with this Charter and the religious zealots,
although small in number, wield much power, totally out of proportion
to their number.
And Israel has the nuclear capacity to attempt to achieve this
objective. In occupied Palestine The Islamic Resistance Movement,
Hamas, has the "Islamic Charter".
This Charter is predicated upon Israel being wiped out. This
Charter did not form part of the recent election platform of
Hamas (who, unlike the occupation forces, observed a truce over
the past year).
Yet this Charter is plastered all over the Western media and,
in recent days, has been repeated regularly in the mainstream
media. Hamas, with its human bombs and wildly inaccurate Qassam
missile, has no capacity to achieve its objective.
Yet it is the impoverished Palestinian under occupation who
is set to pay the price for exercising their democratic right
and supporting a political party who they feel best represent
their interests. Hugh Humphries Sec Scottish Friends of Palestine
Scottish Friends of Palestine was formed in 1982 in response
to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the subsequent attacks
on the Palestinian refugee communities. It is an independent
organisation with no political or religious affiliations.
SFoP supports the inalienable right of the Palestinian people
to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty
and the right of all Palestinian refugees to return to their
homes.These rights have all been acknowledged by the United
SFoP campaigns for immediate and unconditional Israeli withdrawal
from all territories illegally occupied, including East Jerusalem.
We work for educational, social and cultural links between the
Scottish and Palestinian peoples
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