An Anti-terror initiative from the other side of the globe
The Introduction to our 3-day old IsraPundit underscored that this site is action-oriented, and that one aspect of action that we, BISI members, can take in a collaborative manner is initiating and supporting petitions.
Dr David Bornstein, an Australian physician, was the moving force behind a petition to his government, calling for a UN resolution that would declare suicide bombing a crime against humanity. The petition was tabled in the Australian Parliament on August 26, 2002.
The text of the petition was as follows:
To: Government of Australia
Calling on the humanitarian ideals of the People of Australia as represented by the government.
That the government of Australia act immediately to bring on a debate
at the United Nations to declare clearly and unequivocally that the
practice of suicide bombing is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. This crime
and its promoters, organisers and supporters are guilty of a crime
which has been committed against the perpetrator (who has been
indoctrinated) as well as the victims of the crime.
Further, that there is no moral, religious, or political ustification
for this crime and that the results constitute genocide. The
criminals should be prosecuted and punished by the international
courts of justice.
Now that the petition with 87,500 signatures has been tabled, Dr Bornstein needs our help, even if most of us live thousands of miles from Canberra. In a personal communication to me, Dr Bornstein urged us all to “write to The Hon. Mr Alexander Downer, MP, Foreign Minister of Australia, requesting him to act on the petition. A short letter which is polite and does not go into detail other than identifying the petition is best...”
The e-mail I have sent is the following:
To: The Hon. Mr Alexander Downer, MP,
Foreign Minister of Australia
With reference to Dr David Bornstein’s petition concerning suicide bombings, I am writing to express my support for the petition. I urge you and your government to act on it.
Though I am a Canadian citizen, I believe that the cause of world peace would be served if the Government of Australia initiated UN action to declare suicide bombings a crime against humanity.
If you support Dr Bornstein's initiative, please send your letter to the Australian FM,
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
A hard-copy letter is even better, and can be addressed to:
The Hon. Alexander Downer,
Foreign Minister, Australian Government,
Parliament House, Canberra, ACT,
On August 28, 2002, The Australian Jewish News printed the following article on Dr Bornstein’s initiative; the article is chock full of information as well as details of Dr Bornstein’s personal experiences. Having read the article, I concluded that Dr Bornstein is an example to us all.
Anti-suicide bombing petition tabled in parliament
More than 87,000 people around the world have supported two Australian
petitions calling for the UN to declare suicide bombing a crime against humanity.
One of the petitions was presented in Federal Parliament this week by (Liberal) Member for Wentwoth, Peter King.
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr David Bornstein, a voter in Mr King’s electorate, organized both petition - despite receiving minimal support from local Jewish organizations.
The petitions urge the Federal Government to propose a motion at the UN, declaring suicide bombing a crime against humanity, and calling for criminals to be prosecuted and punished under international law.
Mr King said he intends to raise the issue with Foreign Minister Alexander Downer - a necessary step if the quest for ta UN declaration is to receive Australian Government support.
Under House of Representatives rules, Mr King could present only one of the petitions, carrying 2,402 signatures, to parliament.
He was able only to refer the other one because the 87,000 people who signed it were not all Australian, but had responded to Dr Bornstein’s four-month internet campaign.
Petitions to parliament must be signed by Australian citizens only, and cannot be submitted electronically, the House Of Representatives Clerck’s office said this week...
Mr King, who visited Israel in February, said a UN declaration would emphasise that suicide bombing ran counter to international law.
Dr Bornstein said he had received responses to his internet campaign from Sri Lanka - which has also experienced problems with suicide bombers - Thailand, US, Israel, Canada and Australia.
He spent months promoting the petitions, contacting Jewish organizations aroung the world, and seeking - with limited success - support from Jewish organizations in Australia.
“I tried to get Jewish organization behind the petition, but it was a dismal failure. There was nit reponse from shuls in Australia. The most supportive Jewish organization was the JNF”.
However, “there was great support from a Christian group in Queensland”, he added.
Nivertheless, the campaign that he orgznised through an American Internet organization had given people around the world a forum to express their views on suicide bombing. Most condemned it, while there were 500 hate signatures.”
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland, dt804[at]yahoo[dot]ca.