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Ambassador David Roet (Archive Photo)

(UNHQ, New York, July 1, 2016) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), attempted to introduce language condoning terrorism under certain conditions into a draft of a UN Counter-Terrorism Resolution. The official document is expected to be finalized on Tuesday when the General Assembly concludes a bi-annual Review of its UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

The OIC, an organization of 57 member-states that considers itself “the collective voice of the Muslim world”, has Permanent Delegations to the United Nations as well as to the European Union. Several days prior to the start of the Review, OIC Representative Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi (Saudi Arabia) sought to insert the following clause to the draft of the resolution:

“Terrorism in the name of self-determination and national liberation does not constitute terrorism.”

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Shortly after Rep. Al-Mouallimi addressed the General Assembly, Israel’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador David Roet delivered an impassioned and powerful speech.

“The UN must decide if wants to be a relevant actor in facing the challenges of terrorism in the 21st century, or does it prefer to cave in to the narrow political interests of a number of member-states,” Roet proclaimed from the podium.

Roet invoked the particularly bloody past few days in Israel that saw a 13 year old girl stabbed to death in her bed and a father shot to death in front of his family.

“One day, two parents have to bury their child. And on the next day two children bury their father.  Do these murders not constitute terrorism? Do these attackers not constitute terrorists?”

Subsequent to Ambassador Roet’s speech, some significant diplomatic maneuvering by the Israel’s Mission to the UN, and a steadfast refusal on Israel’s part to allow member-states to compromise draft language for the sake of a unanimous consensus, the clause was ultimately not included in the final draft of the review, entitled “The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Review”.    The day also coincided with the release of a much anticipated report, in the works since February, by the so-called Middle East Quartet: The UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union.

In it, the Quartet refrained from assigning blame to one side but reiterated its position that a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to achieve an enduring peace. The report also provided recommendations regarding what it believes are the major obstacles to achieving a negotiated peace: continued violence, terrorist attacks against civilians, incitement to violence, settlement construction and expansion, and the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control in Gaza.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. "The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), attempted to introduce language condoning terrorism under certain conditions into a draft of a UN Counter-Terrorism Resolution." very much aligns with determining under the World Health Organisation policy on violence, terror is simply a 'sickness' requiring therapy and understanding of the various 'contributory' factors such as marginalisation, peer pressure, lack of employment opportunities where every one of these can be shown to be not applicable to all terrorists–purposefully utilising correlation with cause rather than the cause itself.

    It is a clear attempt to determine terror legitimate ‘illness’/action understandably caused by Other cultures actions rather than the Islamic/Muslim cultural codex constructs of Other, the development process infant-child-adolescent-adult and the dense network systems which enforce adherence.

    Social psychologists know very well why, the question is why they remain silent. It appears the tranquillity of silence can be just as effectively achieved under a Western democratic paradigm as any so called fascist construct.

    How Do You Stop a Future Terrorist When the Only Evidence Is a Thought? Wrong Question. First realise the 'Thought' is not their own it is their cultures.
    http://citizensfirstasnau.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/how-do-you-stop-future-terrorist-when.html

  2. No it is not true that the only way to peace is a "two state solution". This reflects a reliance on dogmatic beliefs and a lack of imagination, plus an ignorance of what it is Muslims want. Many alternatives have been suggested, such as the Sovereignty Plan, and even an emirate scenario. The two-state solution was already tried, with Jordan as the Arab state. It failed, as will yet another stealing of land away from Israel. The declaring that the two-state fail is the only answer belies a hope that Israel can be destroyed. It cannot and will not be.

  3. These efforts by the OIC and other third world countries to include phrases that excuse terrorism by Palestinian groups have been going on for decades. It is the main reason it has been so difficult to develop an internationally agreed up defintio of terrorism.

  4. No it is not true that the only way to peace is a "two state solution" true as the significant values-beliefs remain to continue to inform terror-genocide there is only ever a lull "a fantastic object-lesson in how people can live together creatively and in harmony" before proceedings recommence.

    “It (Damascus-Syria) has seen empires and tyrants come and go; it offers a fantastic object-lesson in how people can live together creatively and in harmony. It is a wonderful city in which to be. …. a fantastic object-lesson in how people can live together creatively and in harmony"
    British Historian Dan Cruickshank BBC series "Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture, Episode 5 – Connections, Syria, Damascus 2008, First aired on BBC Two in April 2008

  5. If that language had been adopted, the United States of America could have been besieged by Mexicans on the Southern border, Southerners within the defeated Confederacy, and many Native American Nations throughout the states of the mainland and the Hawaiian Islands… all engaging in terrorism in the name of self-determination and national liberation.

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