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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, INCLUDING POLICIES OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND SEGREGATION, IN ALL COUNTRIES, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIAL AND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES: REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMISSION UNDER COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS RESOLUTION 8 (XXIII)
QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, INCLUDING POLICIES OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND SEGREGATION, IN ALL COUNTRIES, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIAL AND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES: REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMISSION UNDER COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS RESOLUTION 8 (XXIII) (agenda item 2) (E/CN.4/Sub.2/2004/NGO/3-5, 8, 9, 11, 24 and 26)
24. Ms. SHARFELDDIN (International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) said that society had been bombarded with scenes of violence and attacks on unprotected civilians to such an extent that they had become almost routine. That had encouraged the aggressors to become totally indifferent to moral and human values and to international law. The most recent example of such indifference was the refusal by the Israeli and United States Governments to accept the ruling of the International Court of Justice demanding that Israel dismantle the wall that it was building in Palestine.
25. Israeli efforts at expansion would only cause more bloodshed and suffering in the region. As Arnold Toynbee had commented, the Israeli entity was arbitrarily implanted in a region inhabited by a civilization that stretched back for millennia and should adapt itself and cooperate with the centuries-old region around it or else it would be rejected. Her organization appealed to the Sub-Commission and to all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to remain alert to the dangers posed, not only to the Arab region, but to the world as a whole, by the fact that Israel possessed nuclear weapons, while refusing any international control of its nuclear arsenal. Lastly, the world had a duty towards Palestinians, be they Christians, Jews or Muslims, to use all possible ways and means to establish a secular state in Palestine.
Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Sub-Commission at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum, to be issued shortly after the end of the session.