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UAE press condemns US veto as act of terrorism

posted on 16/12/2001: 1712 views

The UAE press today lashed out at the US administration use of veto to block a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning violence in the Middle East. The draft, vetoed by Washington, was co-sponsored by Egypt and Tunisia, condemned all acts of terror, in particular those targeting civilians and all acts of extra-judiciary executions, excessive use of force and wide destruction of property.

The draft also called for the immediate cessation of all acts of violence, provocation and destruction, and a resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians. It also encouraged establishment of a monitoring mechanism to aid in implementing the Mitchel report and to help create a better situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The papers warned that the US veto would encourage Israel to pursue its aggression and its military escalation against the Palestinian people. '' The US motion at the Security Council was an act of terrorism not against the Palestinians and Arabs only but against the whole international community. It is a terror act of first class by a super power against people struggling against occupation to gain their legitimate rights,'' the Sharjah-based '' Al Khaleej'' said.

The paper added that the repeated use of veto had cast deep doubts about Washington's credibility and vision of a Palestinian state. '' What Israel is doing now under US protection runs against Washington's proposal for a Palestinian state,'' the paper added. The paper called on the upcoming meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to take necessary actions to address the present challenges. '' After the US veto and the US green light to Israeli aggression, Arab countries should not offer more opportunities and show good intention,'' the paper said.

The Khaleej Times said the US administration's decision to use its veto at the Security Council to block a resolution condemning violence in the Middle East was unfortunate, not to say untimely. '' Even a cursory look at the text of the resolution reveals that the draft took special care to avoid just such a fate, while seeking to lower tensions that have reached boiling point,'' the paper said. While the session was underway in New York, Israeli forces were engaged in re-occupying Palestinian self-rule areas deep inside Gaza, ostensibly in search of radicals. Shooting at anybody demolishing any building that stood in their path, the invading forces left a trail of death and destruction in their wake. The paper called on America to take a strategic stand now against Israel's state terrorism that is pushing the whole region towards chaos.

The US veto can only be seen as the green signal to Israel to continue its brutal repression of the Palestinians,'' the Gulf Today wrote. Washington's argument that the draft did not mention the recent Palestinian attacks against Israelis and was aimed at isolating Israel politically is very much one-sided. The authors of the resolution had carefully drafted the language to avoid being seen as taking the Palestinian side and hence its proposed condemnation of '' all acts of terror, in particular those targeting civilians. ''

The US veto of the resolution emboldens Israel to intensify its military terrorism against the Palestinians and continue its killing, maiming, detaining and torturing of Palestinians after it took upon the task of cracking down on Palestinian resistance,'' the paper added. '' Indeed, the US action should not come as a surprise since the record of Washington's performance in the Security Council that most of the time the US delegation spends at the UN is spent on defending and protecting Israel against international censure. '' Now, we wonder, how can the veto be compatible with the US vision of a Palestinian state since the American move has pre-empted setting the ground for calling a spade a spade and restoring some semblance of normalcy in Palestine leading to the establishing an atmosphere conducive to peace negotiations for creating a Palestinian state? the paper asked.

"It is mind-boggling to imagine that the strategists in Washington overlooked that any US action that implicitly or explicitly backs the ongoing Israeli moves against the Palestinians would only encourage Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to pursue his '' scorched earth policy in the occupied territories." How could any one in the Washington power circles side-step the issue of security for the Palestinians when it is clear that Israel is waging an all out war against them, throwing in its military might (and indeed high-tech bombers, helicopters, tanks and weapons supplied by the US). '' The only explanation, as far as we could see, is that the pro-Israeli mentality has dug itself so deep that Washington is unable to distinguish between fairness and injustice and military brutality and legitimate resistance,'' the concluded. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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