In the aftermath of one of the most appalling massacres perpetrated by Zionism against the Palestinian people, the BBC’s ‘Doha Debates‘ arranged discussion of the resolution “This House believes that political Islam is a threat to the West“. The Palestinian people, of course, at this stage in their six-decade-old struggle against ethnic cleansing and apartheid, happen to have voted for an Islamist party. The Doha Debates are broadcast on the BBC’s international service throughout the Middle East. The Canadian Voice of Palestine have written this open letter:
January 25, 2009:
After the devastation in Gaza that lasted over three weeks, you decided to put to your scripted House, who had no qualms in attending your debate while the BBC refuses to broadcast a humanitarian appeal to Gaza, the following resolution: “This House believes that political Islam is a threat to the West.”
This choice of wording is extremely suspect and contributes nothing to informed debate; in fact, it looks like a page from the Israeli propaganda machine (Hasbara). It hijacks the agenda and diverts the attention from fresh Israeli atrocities, while putting the blame on the shoulders of the victim by opening the door to debate whether Hamas as a political Islamic movement (and the Palestinian people it represents) is a threat to the “West.”
First, I would question which intelligence service headquarters drafted this resolution?
Second, if your resolution was drafted to serve the long term interests and understanding of the Arab people and European and North American people (as opposed to the agenda of multinationals and governments), it would be put the following way:
“This house believes that the North American and European unconditional support for Israel is a threat to the West”.
Or, “This house believes that the bias of most Western media, including the BBC, is a threat to world peace”.
Also Arab public opinion, who you presumably are targeting with your “Doha Diatribes” have many other concerns aside from “Threats to the West” especially after the massacres in Gaza. Maybe some of your future resolutions should read:
1. “This house resolves to boycott the West on all levels for their complicity in Israeli war crimes against Gaza.”
2. “This house denounces the silence and complicity of the Arab regimes in allowing Israeli war crimes to continue unabated” for over three weeks, while Palestinian children and civilians were being slaughtered.
3. “This house demands that a special international tribunal be set up to prosecute Israeli war criminals and their accomplices.”
4. “This house urges the UN General Assembly to impose economic and military sanctions until Israel implements all UN resolutions.”
So if you really care about the future of the people of the Middle East to introduce any of the above resolutions for debate.
We will make our position public on the Voice of Palestine, Canada (VOP), and we will also announce your response if care to answer my email. If you prefer to debate your position on the VOP, we offer you an open invitation at a mutually convenient time.
Waiting to hear from you.
Chairman, Canada Palestine Association
Co-host Voice of Palestine www.voiceofpalestine.ca