SIR – At a UN Security Council meeting two weeks ago, two Israeli civil rights groups spoke against the illegal Israeli settlements and occupation of Palestine. Executive Director Hagai El-Ad, representing B’Tselem and Americans for Peace, said ‘the Israeli occupation flew right in the face of its claim to be exercising democracy. Occupation is affecting even the smallest aspects of Palestinian lives and has to end. The Security Council must act and the time is now.’
The Security Council denounced Israel for building ‘illegal settlements,’ paving the way for a Security Council resolution against Tel Aviv. Speaking afterwards, Mr El-Ad said: ‘I spoke against the occupation because I am striving to be a human being and human beings when they take responsibility for an injustice against other human beings have a moral obligation to take action. The reality will not change if the world does not intervene.
‘Our arrogant government knows this, so its busy fear-mongering against such an intervention.
Intervention by the world against the occupation is just as legitimate as any human rights issue. I do not understand what the Israeli government wants the Palestinians to do.
‘We have ruled their lives for 50 years, we have shredded their lives, culture and land to bits. We wield military and bureaucratic power with enormous success and get along just fine with ourselves and the world.
‘This is blatantly an international matter.’