Musings Following The World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), Johannesburg, August 2002
It was not as bad as Durban, 2001, or Rome, 2002, but Johannesburg, 2002, was “plenty bad”.
Under the headline, Lobsters, caviar and brandy for MPs at summit on starvation, Britain’s OnlineSun reported on August 28, 2002, in the Sun’s typical staccato:
THE sickening champagne and caviar lifestyle being enjoyed by Earth Summit delegates was exposed yesterday.
They are gorging on mountains of lobster, oysters and fillet steak at the Johannesburg conference — aimed at ending FAMINE. [Caps in the original.]
As the summit began yesterday, desperate kids in nearby shanty towns queued for water at standpipes.
Bigwig politicians among the 60,000 delegates, including Deputy PM John Prescott, also get vintage bubbly and brandy.
Taxpayers are footing the £500,000 bill for the 70-strong British party.
As usual, the Palestinian-Arab propaganda machine was out in force. On August 27, the Jerusalem Post reported:
Israeli hopes to keep a low profile at the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development were already dashed on the first day of the conference Monday [August 26], when Palestinians accused Israel of torturing children, stealing land, and poisoning Palestinian water.
South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had expressed hope that the summit would be a positive, apolitical event, but the Simon Wiesenthal Center accused the South African government Monday of taking a political stand by endorsing the Palestinian delegation's calls for Israel to release terrorist Marwan Barghouti.
The Jewish National Fund, the only Israeli non-governmental organization exhibiting at the conference, has been under consistent attack by Palestinian demonstrators and Muslim local radio on political grounds.
As the UN extravaganza continued, the anti-Israeli rhetoric increased. On Sunday, September 1, even as IsraPundit was being launched, the Jerusalem Post reported:
Thousands of anti-globalization protesters marched Saturday on the UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development, supporting land redistribution, debt forgiveness, and full employment, and denouncing free trade, privatization, and Israel.
In a stadium in the poor Johannesburg neighborhood of Alexandra, visiting Palestinians and their supporters in the African National Congress gave speeches which made the connection between sustainable development and Israeli occupation.
"The whole conference is about sustainability," said one man. "How can there be sustainability in Palestine if there is occupation?"
Protesters charged the Jewish state with destroying 700,000 trees in Palestinian areas, "stealing land and water, demolishing homes, uprooting olive and citrus trees, dumping toxic waste and chemicals, and possessing weapons of mass destruction."
There was more anti-Israel talk at a separate rally, organized by the Landless Peoples Movement in coalition with the Palestinian Solidarity Committee and Friends of the Earth.
(A propos of “destroying trees”, arson aimed at burning Israeli forests to a cinder was one the Intifada’s terrorist tactics. On the other hand, one of the major enterprises of the Zionist movement and then of Israel was afforestation of Palestine barren hills. There is no end to the Palestinian-Arab chutzpah.)
And then the violent, terrorist side of the anti-Israeli lobby surfaced, as the Jeruslem Post reported on September 2, 2002:
South African riot police used a water cannon against pro-Palestinian activists trying to prevent Foreign Minister Shimon Peres from delivering a speech in Johannesburg, media reports said Monday.
Some 100 supporters of the Palestine Solidarity Committee were bombarded with water by police, in an attempt to move them from the front of the venue, a college in central Johannesburg. Police on horseback were deployed at the scene and a police helicopter flew overhead, the reports said.
The Palestinian-Arab system of silencing anyone they don’t like, whether of their own people or not, has a very long history, and it’s vital that we, in the West, become aware of it because it is increasingly turned against us.
Following is a description by historian Howard Sachar concerning the Mufti’s application of this system to silence his competitors within the Palestinian-Arab community during the riots of 1936-1939:
“At his [the Mufti’s] orders, many hundreds of noted Arab leaders, among them prominent members of the Nashashibi national Defence party, were either murdered or terrorized into fleeing the country. Thus, Hassan Bey Shukri, mayor of Haifa, barely escaped attempts on his life in May i936 and January 1937. In February 1937 the mukhtar of Caesaria was shot down outside his home. In April of that year Ibrahim Yusuf, a member of the Tiberias municipal council, was assassinated. The mayor of Nablus, Suleiman Bey al-Toukan, fled the country in December 1937. The mukhtar of Majdal and his wife were slain in April 1938. So was Nasr al-Din Nasr, the mayor of Hebron, the same month. The wife and three sons of the mukhtar of Deir es-Sheikh were killed by a bomb in September 1938. Hassan Sidqi al-Dajani, a member of the Jerusalem municipal council, was shot to death in November 1938, and the remaining Arab council members fled Palestine.(Cited from p. 212-213 of:
Efforts bv Fakhri Bey al-Nashasbibi, leader of the anti-Husseini faction, to mobilize a counterassault against this terror campaign were largely unsuccessful. The Mufti's offensive grew in scope and momentum, until by the end of 1939 his victims exceeded 3,000. Egypt and Lebanon were crowded with nearly 18,000 fugitives of the terror. Yet from beginning to end Haj Amin's principal Arab target remained Fakhri Bey al-Nashashibi. The Muftfs henchman, Aref al-Bazzaq, issued a "death warrant" against Fakhri Bey, calling upon every Arab "in the name of God" to shoot this "traitor" on sight. Several years passed before the warrant could be executed. But on November 9, 1941 as Fakhri Bey was walking through the streets of Baghdad, a Palestinian member of Haj Amin's organization rode past on a bicycle and gunned him down.
Sachar, Howard M. A History of Israel. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1966.)
When one reads that Palestinian-Arab terrorists assassinated a mother of seven on suspicion of “collaboration”, one sees the spirit of the Mufti in action. When one hears that Arab terrorists have put a bounty on the head of Danish Jews, one sees the spirit of the Mufti in action. When one learns about the endless train of Palestinian-Arab acts of terror against the West, one sees the spirit of the Mufti. Eventually one is compelled to ask, if the spirit of the Mufti has permeated the Palestinian-Arab modus operandi, what is the justification for handing the Palestinain-Arabs a sovereign state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as George Bush wishes to do?
Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland