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Our Stand  Ramadan 26, 1422 December 11,2001

His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah considered the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Islamic countries as an attempt to avoid criticism  by paying lip service.


The American aggression and the Arab silence are the reasons behind the continuance of the Palestinian tragedy. The confidence is high that the Palestinian people will continue its struggle with all the obtainable means.


H.E stressed that the unique Intifada of the Palestinian people was capable of producing a major international shock that is of the interest of the Palestinian cause, but the hostile American position and the  horrifying Arab silence caused the tragedy of this striving people.

H.E. considered the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Islamic conference countries as a media attempt to avoid   the any  criticism towards the Palestinian cause. He said: it is shameful and disgraceful that these countries try to mediate with Sharon to stop his terrorist aggressions against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority.

He also emphasized that the Palestinian people do  know how to come out of the bottleneck and how to heighten the enemy’s impasse even if they have to change their confrontation means from time to time and from one stage to another.

 

asked in his weekly seminar: “How do you read the latest developments in the region especially the Palestinian arena?” H.E answered : there is no doubt that the one who is responsible for the continuation of the tragedy of the Palestinian people and for all the Israeli enemy’s massacres against it, which do not differentiate between children, women, elderly, and youth, is the American administration from one side and the Arab silence which recently has turned into a horrifying weakness that is increasing with indifference whenever the Palestinian struggle mounts up and whenever the Israeli terrorist campaign escalates.

This unique Intifada was capable of producing a major international shock that was in the interest of the Palestinians, had the Arab and Islamic countries accompanied it with some kind of support and with real political stances.

Therefore, the last meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic countries is nothing but a media attempt to avoid  criticism that surrounds these countries as a result of their retreat in their stances and the their weakness towards the Palestinian cause in comparison with the heightening of the struggle inside occupied Palestine. This meeting is not intended to support the Palestinians because it was not held for this reason, and also because there is no will among the majority of these countries to confront this continued vicious American-Israeli aggression against the Palestinians. Moreover, each party has participated with optimum efforts to achieve the American-Israeli objective to end the Intifada by pressuring the Palestinian Authority to corner it.

It is shameful and disgraceful that these countries try to mediate with Sharon to stop his terrorist aggressions against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority instead of putting themselves in the position of defending the Palestinian people or use some kind of force, even by media or political threatening or any form of intimidation. These countries have in the past called for giving Sharon a chance, and suddenly this chance had turned into a chance for more assaults, bloodshed, and more massacres against the Palestinians and the shameful response is more mediation with him (Sharon) to reduce his violence and brutality and his ever-increasing thirst for more killing.

We   clearly know that the arrogant world has become weary of the Palestinian Intifada, which has awakened the awareness in many areas around the world and has even gained the sympathy  of many in the West despite all the attempts to brand it with terrorism. Therefore, the arrogant  world decided to fight it with the same weapon the Americans and Israelis are fighting it with, namely the weapon of accusations and the talk about “Islamic terrorism” that adopts Sharon’s position. Sharon whose life has  been always associated with  nothing but terrorism and who is trying to couple the American war in the region with his war… he is also the one who could have never come out of his impasse had it not been for the opportunity that is still being presented to him on a silver platter through this silence and the  weakness of the Arabs and Muslims.  

Therefore, we believe that the stage of tremendous pressures that has begun to hurl its weight on the Palestinians is aimed at getting Israel out of its security impasse, getting the Americans out of their political impasse in the region, and also ridding much of the Arab countries of their embarrassment, because of their negative or foggy positions with regard to the last strategic issues particularly the latest developments in Afghanistan and occupied Palestine. Nonetheless, the Palestinian people know how to come out of the bottleneck and how to continue the heightening of the enemy’s impasse if they have to change their confrontation means from time to time and from one stage to another .