The Amir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani sharply criticized the International community in the issue of Palestine and Syria in his speech which delivered at the opening session of the 5th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) which was held in Vienna on Feb. 26-28 2013.
He said: “Still there are major powers in the world that adopt an unfair attitude preventing the resolution of the last colonial issue in history, the Palestinian cause, which is exacerbating and constituting a constant source of tension in our region, and it also constitutes a source for people to believe that racism is still prevalent in the international community, and to make them aseptically about the fairness in implementing the international law. Recently we also have witnessed a supportive attitude by central countries of the genocide committed by a regime that lacks legitimacy in Syria, while other countries only condemning that verbally.”
Bin Khalifa described the acts of violence and gross violations of human rights occurring to the two peoples of Syria and Palestine constitute a disgrace to humanity. He demanded the international community to bear its responsibilities by standing up to address these violations and to back the Syrian and Palestinian peoples to attain their legitimate rights.
At the start of Bin Khalifa speech he said: “The world is replete with political and ideological l divisions that require continuous efforts from the international community to eliminate the causes of disputes and the risks of conflict and to work hard and diligently to spread the values of the culture of understanding and coexistence, wherein dialogue, alliance of civilizations and development of sound relations between nations and peoples thrive.”
He added: “There is no doubt that dispute and conflict are signs of power politics and domination throughout history, and will remain so, but the question faced by the international community is a bout the possibility of imposing dialogue and negotiation as a basis for conflict resolution and the quest for the commonalities that constitute concerns and challenges for the whole humanity, as well as in coping with those who dress conflicts and disputes in the mantle of civilizations, as if we encounter a clash of civilizations.”
Bin Khalifa clarified the ethical and humanitarian responsibility of the media. He said: “the growing responsibility of media in portraying the right image of the other while avoiding preconception and stereotyping others, and looking at factual things to judge accordingly, make the success of the dialogue among civilizations depends largely on the availability of this level of rationality and impartiality in media that should take into consideration that they have a mission and a humanitarian responsibility, and that even under the domination of market laws its mission should surpass excitement, and to secure high rates of audience, and that their writers and journalists might be carrying preconceived notions as a result of their own upbringing and nurture, and that freedom of expression is vital but not enough, and must be coupled with responsibility.”