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Libya To Send Solidarity Delegation To Gaza
20/11/2012 14:58:00
Libya's General National Congress has decided to send a delegation to the Gaza Strip to express solidarity with the Palestinians amid a new wave of violent Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave.

The decision is reported to have been made during a session of Libya's General National Congress when the parliament members also condemned the Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territory.

Over 100 Palestinians, including women and children, have been killed and more than 700 others injured in the airstrikes and shellings on Gaza since November 14.

The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.

Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

Israel has long denied about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.
As a result of the latest Israeli blitz on Gaza, 112 people including women and children have been martyred and over a thousand wounded, some of them seriously. And it is not exactly the first time it happened. Israel can do it with impunity because help from American and most of the European countries has made it powerful, even a nuclear power, that none of its neighbours can dare attack it physically and as for the United Nations, Israel knows that the United States is there to veto any resolution which is even slightly critical of Israel. Having given Israel around a week to kill as many helpless people of Gaza as will quench its present thirst for blood, some sort of ceasefire will be arranged, and we hear US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is already on her way to the Middle East for the theatrics.

During early days of his presidency Barack Obama had made overtures to Muslims around the world and even made tough statements against Israel, saying "freeze (on illegal Israeli settlements) means freeze," but after his encounter with the Israeli Prime Minister, came down on his knees, reversing his stand on settlements to "demand for a freeze is not a suitable premise to build peace process on." It was thought then that in their first term, US Presidents are cautious (read timid) because they need the Jewish support for their next term, but in their second term, which happens to be last one, they show some courage, character and strength. Unfortunately for the Palestinians, this great President of the sole super power has defied all past trends and forecasts and is proving even more cowardly despite having been elected for the second term. However, when it comes to Muslim countries or North Korea, even this mouse roars like a lion.

Here are details of the complicity of the US and the European countries in making Israel a nuclear power. It was the French government which put Israel on the nuclear path, by building its first Israeli nuclear reactor and also helping it with nuclear technology, Norway and United States supplied heavy water and the US also let Israel 'smuggle' enriched uranium from Pennsylvania, and of course Germany keeps supplying Israel nuclear-capable submarines at subsidized rates. Not to be left behind, UK supplied two "parallel" computers to Israel which could reach the supercomputer speeds and later US supplied 9 super computers to Israel to help it enhance its nuclear missile technology. Yet the same countries and their comrades keep howling and shouting at Iran, imposing multiple sanctions against it in order to deter it from developing nuclear weapons, which intention Iran denies. The United States and its pack of hunting dogs do not want any Muslim state even to be able to stand up to Israel.

And we can see what their spoilt child Israel is doing to its neighbours, with US and UK defending the latest indiscriminate bombing of Gaza by Israel, holding Hamas responsible for all this. Israeli stand could have some credibility if it was keen on making peace and these were the Palestinians who were oppsoing it. However, the fact is that it is Israel which scuttled the peace initiatives even by the US and the international community - roadmap for peace in the Middle East and Annapolis Conference according to which a Palestinian state would have come into existence years back- and even the very cooperative, rather docile Mahmoud Abbas did not get anywhere in his peace negotiations with Israel because Israelis treat peace talks not as a means to an end - to find a a mutually-agreed solution to the problem - but as an end in thmselves, just to gain time in which to create more facts, meanwhile continuing the settlement-building activity and the barrier wall on the illegally occupied, and confiscated land, stealing yet more of the Palestinian land, gradually reducing, rather eliminating the chances of the establishment of a viable Palestinian state. After Annapolis conference, the first statement that the then Israeli prime minister made was that Israel is not bound by the time-frame, and he sure tore the agreement to pieces, while the US and the European leaders showed, and still show, no inclination to put any pressure on Israel which was, and is, necessary to goad it into implementing the terms of agreement which could have led to durable peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

In a recent article titled "Why doesn't Egypt defend Gaza militarily?" published in the Arab News on November 18, AbdulRahman Al-Rashed, a frequent writer in the Arab News of Saudi Arabia, elaborates on what he says in the heading. Doesn't he know that in its attempt to stop Israeli atrocities, Egypt did fight two wars with Israel, and Syrians and Jordanians fought alongside it valiantly, while Iraq also made a minor contribution. During Anwar Saadat's time, Arab forces initially made progress but then America intervened directly on behalf of Israel and Saadat said "I can't fight America." One would have thought that the rich Arab states that did not participate in the Jehad would at least have provided some financial help to the front-line states in order to make good some of their losses but that did not happen because their priority is basically self-preservation and continuation of monarchy. Seeing this, Anwar Saadat who had launched an attack on Israel, went to Israel and made peace, for which he paid with his life. Egyptians have made more than their fair share of contribution to the Palestinian cause. So, if Abdulrahman Al-Rashed had a few words of advice, these should have been directed, not at Egypt but at those Muslim states who are willing even to collaborate with Israel against a fellow Muslim state, Iran, and whose sole objective is to perpetuate their monarchy. I am sure, even with its limited resources, Egypt will do what it can for the people of Gaza and so will Libya, which is sending a delegation to Gaza to show solidarity with its brothers in extreme distress.

- Karachi / Pakistan

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