Bridging the Gap Report: War Ends Only with Creation of the State of
Palestine, says BPNIC Executive Director
From Lifta, Jerusalem, Husam Bajis is the Executive Director of the Brazilian
Palestinian National Interest Committee.
By Daniel Roncaglia, 01/08/2009
Hamas is a resistance group that exists because the Palestinians have no
government, weapons, security and rights. Therefore, the historic conflict with
Israel will end only when the Palestinian people achieve the legal recognition
of their state. This is what the political analyst Husam Bajis believes,
Executive Director of the Brazilian Palestinian National Interest Committee.
According to Bajis, the group which controls the Gaza Strip is not practicing
"Not having a government and an army, the Palestinians have no protection.
Before they threw rocks, now Hamas throws rockets as a means of resistance. It
is the only way to defend from Israel", he says.
He argues that the low number of Israelis killed by rockets show the actions of
Hamas are not terrorist,
but an attitude of opposition. Data from the Israel Project NGO reveal
that since 2003, more than 10 thousand rockets were launched at southern Israel,
causing the death of 28 people.
The analyst says that Israel committed a war crime in the
current offensive, which lasted 13 days and has
killed over 700 Palestinians and 10 Israelis. "How can a country attack a nation
that has no army? This is a war crime", he says. Second for Bajis, Israel is
interested to show Hamas as a terrorist group to other countries, so as to
justify their attacks.
Bajis says he defends the peace. "We need an agreement to stop the war. Who is
suffering with this situation are women
and children who do not have the power to speak".
The analyst believes there is no point in eliminating Hamas. "If Hamas is
removed, another group will appear", he says. Bajis defends the unity of
Palestinians. "The world will defend Palestine only when the Palestinians
demonstrate unity", he says.
For the analyst, Barack Obama, who assumes the
presidency of the United States this month, will not help to change the
situation. "They have many economic problems. Will not do things different", he
Therefore, the committee supports the entry of the country in the UN Security
Council. "Brazil is an example of a country where the coexistence between Arabs
and Jews is peaceful," says the Palestinian.
The Brazilian Palestinian National Interest Committee is a non-profit
organization whose principal mission is to work with the legislative body of
Brazil on legislation that strengthens the relationship between Brazil and