Stands >2002 Stands >The Stand of Safar 10, 1423H  April 23,2002A.D.


The impact of boycott is greater than that of demonstrations

Palestinian steadfastness hindered the American plans for the region.

Asked in his weekly seminar about the political and security situation in the region, as the Americans are preparing for the second phase of their “war against terrorism”, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said: It could be said that the Palestinians paid the most severe price for the events that occurred in the aftermath of the September 11 explosions. First, when Sharon was given a free hand to commit new massacres, and then when the Arabs and Muslims appeared to be encouraging Israel to continue its war and destroy the Palestinian infrastructure...

The Islamic and Arab conferences gave Sharon additional incentives to escalate his terrorist campaigns. For he did not see any real threat except that of the anger of the “Arab street”, which the regimes are trying to control within a certain limit. Sayyed Fadlullah criticized the ongoing debate regarding the boycott of American goods, and stressed that the impact of this boycott on the American Administration is greater than the demonstrations. He also called for the widening of the boycott to make America understand that the Muslim and Arab peoples are capable of punishing it, for its support of the Zionist terror.

He added that the Arab and Muslim weakness, and even the plotting and conspiring of certain Arab regimes, who were afraid that the Intifada will embarrass them... This weakness encouraged America to give the green light to the enemy to invade the West Bank and commit the ugliest massacres which were meant to convey a message to the Palestinians that such massacres that resemble those of Sabra and Chatila constitute the new way of treating them, if they do not yield to the Israeli conditions, opening the way for the Americans to continue their war in the region which might not be confined to Iraq only.

It is quite significant that the White House is receiving the Arab officials at a time the Palestinians are facing the most brutal and savage war. The Americans want to suggest to the world that there is no problem with the Arab world as long as the Arab officials resort only to pleading and begging.

It is also significant that the commander of the US CENTCOM has visited an Arab state, met with its president, and even held a press conference in which he declared that the situation in Palestine did not delay any American plan of military operations in Iraq.

We know quite well that the Palestinian steadfastness has hindered the American plans for the region. It even embarrassed the Americans who supported the Zionist terror and made several European countries stand against, or at least doubt, the so-called “War against terrorism”. But the problem is that the nation is still acting in terms of reactions without any plans of how to deal with the coming stage, with many still expecting the Palestinians to defend them with their flesh.

We should not wait for the developments to unfold in Palestine. Instead we should hasten to draw a plan of confrontation, in which the effort of the masses will complement those of the regimes that uphold their responsibility and believe that they will be the next targets. Thus, we should search for additional ways of support for the Palestinians, whose ability of sacrifice seems almost legendary.