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Monday, 23 June 2014

"Islamic and Arab Countries Fiddle While Syria Burns": David Singer on bully boy tactics against Australia regarding The O Word

Titled "Palestine – Islamic and Arab Countries Fiddle While Syria Burns", this is the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

Australia’s decision on 5 June to no longer refer to East Jerusalem and the West Bank as “occupied territory” but rather “disputed territory” has provoked outrage among Islamic and Arab countries accredited in Australia.

They sought and received an urgent meeting with Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 19 June – following a letter sent to Ms Bishop on 12 June by Moroccan Ambassador HE Mohamed Mael-Ainin on behalf of the Heads of Mission of this powerful Islamic lobby.

The Ambassador’s letter has not been released by the Foreign Affairs Department as it:
“does not publicly release correspondence to the Foreign Minister from representatives of foreign countries.”
Yet – in a media release issued after the meeting – Ms Bishop attached her written response to the Moroccan Ambassador, in which she stated:
“I emphasise that there has been no change in the Australian Government's position on the legal status of the Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem. Our position is consistent with relevant UN resolutions on the issue, adopted over many years, starting with UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. Senator Brandis' statement was about nomenclature, and was not a comment on the legal status of the Palestinian Territories.
Australia continues to be a strong supporter of a just and lasting two-state solution, with Israel and a Palestinian state existing side by side in peace and security, within internationally recognised borders. To this end, we are urging both sides to resume direct negotiations. We do not consider it helpful to engage in debates over legal issues, nor to prejudge any final status issues that are the subject of these negotiations.”
Creating a second Arab State in Mandatory Palestine – in addition to Jordan – for the first time ever in recorded history remains an illusion after fruitless negotiations spanning the last 20 years.
Legal issues will determine final status issues – one essential legal prerequisite being secure and recognized borders for Israel demanded by Resolutions 242 and 338

The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s acceptance of the League of Nations and United Nations decisions recognising the right of the Jewish people to reconstitute the Jewish National Home in Mandatory Palestine remains another legal lynch pin to achieving Australia’s desired two-state solution.

Refusal to recognise the State of Israel by all 57 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has materially contributed to the 130-years-old Jewish-Arab conflict remaining unresolved.

Photo by Andrew Meares; from SMH
Jordan’s Ambassador Rima Ahmad Alaadeen (on the right of this Sydney Morning Herald photo by Andrew Meares), after meeting Ms Bishop reportedly made the OIC’s potential hostility towards Australia very clear:
“Alaadeen said she could not say whether there would be trade sanctions against Australia. The controversy was on the agenda of the 57-state Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit of foreign ministers in Jeddah this week.
“There is a clause or a paragraph … on the recent events in Australian policy regarding East Jerusalem, so we have to wait and see what transpires,” she said.
Iraq’s Ambassador to Australia, Mouayed Saleh, who also attended the meeting, similarly said he could not rule out trade sanctions.”
In pursuing this diplomatic dressing down of Australia including threats of sanctions for having the temerity to pursue its own independent foreign policy – these Islamic and Arab States missed a golden opportunity to raise with Ms Bishop a shocking Report released on 16 June by the Human Rights Council received from its “Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic” – a fellow Arab and Islamic State.
The Report – detailing developments in the ongoing conflict between 15 March and 15 June – states:
“In three years of conflict, millions of Syrians have suffered the loss of relatives to attacks, to violence in detention facilities, to disappearances and to starvation. Hundreds of thousands have lost their lives. The failure to protect civilians, both from the conduct of the Syrian Government forces and non-State armed groups unaligned with the Government (NSAGs), has led to unspeakable suffering. An estimated 9.3 million Syrians are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, with 4.25 million IDPs and 2.8 million refugees in neighbouring countries. The vast majority are women and children.
In the course of the conflict, the infrastructure that constitutes civilian life has been targeted and misused. Schools have been reduced to rubble or occupied by armed forces, hospitals have come under attack, and entire residential neighbourhoods have been destroyed.”
Horrors being currently perpetrated include:
Extra-judicial killings, sexual assaults, beatings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests
Reports of deaths in custody, particularly in detention centres in Damascus city, rising dramatically. Former detainees described being held in cells with corpses of cellmates who had been tortured or died as a result of untreated medical conditions.
Persistent reports of the use of torture – including beating, electrocution and hanging from walls. Increasing attacks by Government forces and the armed opposition targeting civilians.
Australia is presently a member of the UN Security Council.

The Report states that through UN inaction:
“a space has been created for the worst of humanity to express itself.”
Those Islamic and Arab diplomats meeting Ms Bishop should have been urging Australia to sponsor a Security Council resolution demanding that an armed UN force be sent to Syria to implement an imposed cease fire to end this mayhem and slaughter.

Regrettably, imposing bully boy tactics on Australia was obviously considered far more important than trying to end the interminable suffering of millions of their Syrian Arab brethren and sisters.

Go figure.


  1. We should be unconcerned what 'other' Arab states do in relation to the unending stream of hotspots and civil wars elsewhere. No one cares, not even anyone here. So why should they. Just because they scream for the Ummah and makes noises about Arab solidarity doesn't mean it means anything more than the blather coming out of any politicians anywhere.

    No one cares. We can be ok with that. Let the Syrians rape kill and eat each other to extinction. Let Iraq go all the way back to the 7th century. Let ISIS stuff the heads of the entire ruling elite in Jordan on sharp sticks. Let a Biblical plaque and/or famine sweep over Egypt and Sudan. Let the Libyans deconstuct their country so that no stone sit atop another. Let Iran get dragged down into the abattoir of their dreams. Let Lebanon pick up where it left off with its last civil war.

    So they're not banding together to stop this? Good. So they complain about the Jews and Australia and Canada and whine and moan that not enough western nations permit rape and honor killings? So what?

  2. Empress Trudy

    As the Human Rights Council Report says:
    "“a space has been created for the worst of humanity to express itself.”

    One cannot be immune to the terrible suffering being visited on innocent Syrian men women and children by "the worst of humanity".

    Unless they are brought to account their evil will spread elsewhere.

    There must be a cease fire and the UN must send in an armed force to enforce it - and soon.

    Sitting around looking on as bystanders whilst this carnage is being perpetrated is a disgrace.

    1. You seem to base your assumption Mr Singer that you or I or anyone or anything can actually accomplish anything about this. The world is a terrible place filled with awful people doing unspeakable things. More people in Africa have perished in atrocities, man made famines and savage wars since 1970 than all the people killed in WW I. When I see a 13 year old lugging an AK-47 at some Malian 'checkpoint' I don't see a PSA with sad piano music extolling us to give $19/month to fix some abstract societal problem which gets all jumbled up with the SPCA or that beardy guy telling us to feed starving kids in Peru. I see someone with the tough luck of being born then and there and that's how those miserable misfortunates survive. What after all is different from Biafra or the destruction of Hama other than we have a more real time knowledge of it. And the fact that we know about it with more alacrity hasn't improved our odds or intents at ending it. Why? Because it's unending. It's not what they do, it's who they are.