Tehran Int'l Conference on Al-Qods Final Declaration
By Steve Schippert | April 18, 2006
The full text of the Final Declaration of the International Conference on Al-Qods and Support for the Rights of Palestinian People is as follows:
1) The Conference underscores that Palestinian cause is pivotal for the Arabs and the Muslim ummah and it is the duty of both Arab and Muslim ummah to support the people of Palestine who the are in the vanguard of the ummah in the struggle for the freedom of Palestine.
2) The Conference considers the Zionist regime presently on the soil of Palestine as usurper, unfamiliar, non-native, and foreign to the regional Arabic and Islamic fabric, and legally and legitimately has no right of existence.
3) The Conference rejects the Olmert Plan which is called "unilateral separation plan", the purpose of this plan as stated by the Zionist regime is to have the control about 60% of the lands in the West Bank and breaking them into parts and completing the judaization process of Al-Qods, separation of the West Bank from its Arabic environment and threatening the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homes and property. This is in line with belittling the cause of Palestine and imposition of defeat on Arab and Muslim ummah in Palestine.
4) The Conference calls on the parliamentarians, lawyers, defense attorneys, human rights organizations, and groups and societies that support the rights of Palestine to issue warrants of arrest and commence legal proceedings against political and military officials of Israel at the international courts and the courts of different countries, especially in the European countries.
The Conference also condemns the war crime committed by attacking Ariha Prison by the forces of the Zionist regime which was carried out in open and flagrant collaboration with the US and the UK and led to the abduction of the combatant Secretary General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Saadat, and his fellow combatants and major general Foad Alshobeiki.
Therefore, the Conference supports all legal and political efforts to secure the release of these abductees and demands that complaints be filed against the governments of the United States and England and those responsible be tried in the court of law.
5) For the purpose of ending the situation whereby the Palestinian always remain in the state of needing to receive financial help, the Conference calls on all Arab and Islamic countries to encourage their import and export agencies to buy goods and products of Palestinians.
This will help economic growth and development of Palestine and supporting the people of Palestine and improving their livelihood they can be helped to stand against any siege.
6) The Conference regards the brave and sacred resistance of Palestinians which is in keeping with their natural and historical rights and based on international treaties and customs as a firm, understandable and legitimate response to occupation and racist and expansionist policies of the Zionist regime. [End of text. Emphasis added.]
Interestingly, Paragraph 3 rejects the Olmert Plan because Israel is attempting to 'control about 60% of the lands in the West Bank'. Paragraph 2, however, bluntly states that Israel has no right to exist at all. Is Paragraph 3 a non-sequitor?
It is not illogical to conclude, based on Paragraph 2, that should Israel cede the '60% of the lands' in question, the Jewish State would still be occupying Palestinian Territory, as Israel is 'presently on the soil of Palestine as usurper, unfamiliar, non-native, and foreign to the regional Arabic and Islamic fabric', which is why it 'legally and legitimately has no right of existence'.
The list of official foreign governmental attendees was long. According to Iran’s state-run media, 600 foreign governmental representatives attended, including:
Twenty parliament speakers from Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Sudan, Indonesia, Uganda, Cameroon, Congo, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leon, Cuba, Comoros, Madagascar, Malaysia, Qatar, Mauritania, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Guinea.
Eleven vice-speakers from Libya, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Bahrain, Oman, Tunisia, the Philippines, Gambia, Togo and Senegal will also take part in the conference.
Representatives from parliaments of South Africa, Kuwait, Russia, Mexico, Kenya, Somalia, Benin, Mali, Bosnia, Armenia and Albania are among other participants at the conference.
Based on the collective Final Declaration of the International Conference on Al-Qods and Support for the Rights of Palestinian People, is it then an official position of each of the above officially represented nations that Israel ‘legally and legitimately has no right of existence’?
Is it then also an official position that a ‘war crime [was] committed’ when Israel seized the Ariha Prison and secured Ahmad Saadat before he was to be released by Hamas, as they had declared, after they were to assume power?
Is it also an official position that their respective governments will coordinate to ‘issue warrants of arrest and commence legal proceedings against political and military officials of Israel’ in all courts available?
Is it therefore also the official position of represented nations that Palestinian Islamic Jihad suicide bombers who blow up civilians in restaurants are regarded ‘as a firm, understandable and legitimate response’?
From some of the nations, such public declarations are neither new nor unexpected.
But what of countries such as Russia, Mexico, Jordan, the Philippines and American regional allies Qatar and Kuwait? Each of these countries had official representation.
Perhaps the US Department of State may wish to inquire. Perhaps our Mexican and Russian friends, among others, may wish to issue a clarification.