27 June 2011
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sent a letter to captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, expressing solidarity with him and assuring him that France, of which he is a national, will not give up on him.
For us this is a hypocritical and blatantly biased act dressed up as a humanitarian gesture and reflects the prevailing attitude of many western governments to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
First of all, we must point out that Shalit was not an ordinary civilian who was kidnapped out of the blue, he was a soldier in an occupying force and was captured in mid-battle, a prisoner of war. The Israeli occupiers have never held back on killing and maiming innocent civilians and it is unlikely that Shalit himself could claim to have no blood on his hands from engagements in both the West Bank and the place he was captured – Kerem Shalom, near the occupied city of Rafah.
President Sarkozy also spoke of his commitment to French nationals – even those with dual nationality which is the case with Shalit. This is a very beautiful sentiment but we wonder whether the French president has sent similar letters to Guantanamo detainees of Algerian Moroccan or Tunisian origin, who may also enjoy French nationality? And these men are not soldiers, but civilians.
Why does Mr Sarkozy only sympathize with the Israeli soldier Shalit? Israel arrested a French national of Palestinian origin a while ago but he did not receive any message from the President of France: is this because he is an Arab Muslim, and because his captors and tormentors are Israelis who are above international law, and all divine laws and the situation no matter how many crimes and acts of terror they have committed?
We do not want to remind President Sarkozy of more than ten thousand Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli jails, including women and children, some of whom have been behind bars for more than thirty years. Some are even born in captivity.
We wish that Mr. Sarkozy had demonstrated these admirable humane emotions and such abundant passion when Israeli aircraft bombed innocent people in the Gaza Strip in December (December) in 2008 bombs, white phosphorus, to burn the bodies of more than 1,400 unarmed Palestinian and destroyed 60,000 homes over the heads of their owners; it cannot be ruled out that Shalit participated in the attacks.
Mr. Sarkozy did not go in a timely manner to the Security Council to adopt a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over the Gaza Strip to prevent the Israeli massacre of
Palestinian civilians, or over southern Lebanon, or the southern suburb of Beirut, when Israeli aircraft bombed for more than thirty days, during which he committed the Qana massacre in the town itself where it had already committed another massacre ten years earlier.
President Sarkozy says the isolation imposed on Shalit in prison five years ago is, ‘a violation of all norms of international law and the most basic humanitarian principles’, but does not say who had prolonged the duration of this isolation – according to Shalit’s father, Noam, it is the Israeli government, presently led by Netanyahu, Sarkozy’s close friend, which continually blocks agreements which would hasten his son’s release.
How is the imprisonment of Shalit, a captured soldier, a violation of international law, while the imprisonment of two million Palestinians under siege for more than five years not such a violation? Is this the fraternity, justice and equality the French Revolution promised and France now boasts of?
Shalit is not a First Class prisoner while our prisoners travel Economy Class.
We are tired of this blatant hypocrisy .. We are tired of these blatant double standards and call on Sarkozy and his government to recognize the state terrorism of Israel. It’s time to tear the ‘humanitarian’ mask from their faces so that we can see who they really are.
- Shalit to Meet Sarkozy on Friday (israelnationalnews.com)
- Gazans = Animals (dickiebo.wordpress.com)
- Israeli Gilad Schalit and Others Like Him (marywperry009.wordpress.com)
- Gilad Shilat Begins 6th Year As Hamas Hostage (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Red Cross calls for sign of life from Shalit (jta.org)
- Sick of being hunted, hounded and oppressed in Israel (ikners.com)
- Shalit at the Center (pwillens.wordpress.com)
- Five years on, Shalit’s imprisonment an open wound for Israel (jta.org)
- Shalit’s parents ask French court to find kidnappers (jta.org)
- The price for Gilad Shalit is too high (israelleft.com)