Peace in the Middle East Meeting Held in Belize Amidst Opposition to Government’s Stance on Israel
While Belize’s measures against Israel have been commended by several nations and international groups, the opposition and some religious fanatics continue to condemn the decision. Today, following the call by Belize’s former leaders for the Evangelical Churches to join in calling on Israel’s genocide to stop, Patrick Menzies held a peace in the Middle East meeting. Menzies, an evangelic pastor, gathered several people to discuss pro-Israel sentiments and religious beliefs. While no government officials attended, Leader of the Opposition Moses Shyne Barrow was there and spoke about why he believes the government’s position is wrong.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition:: “It was one of the most disgraceful acts, counter productive acts. The entire point of diplomacy is to engage, is to have dialogue, is to have conversation where we may disagree on all things but we continue talking and you know what maybe sooner or later you might hear a bit of what I’m saying, I may hear a bit of what you’re saying and we can forge some type of mutual understanding and mutual benefit. So for Belize or I don’t say Belize for the People’s United Party Government on behalf of the Belizean people to take such a bizarre extreme position there was absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose in getting involved in a geopolitical war that has been happening before us and will continue to happen. And when you look at it from another front we have to decide who we are a nation. Do we support democracy? Do we support sovereignty ? Do we support human rights? Civil rights? These are all the things that we take pride in and we boast about with our partners that have like minds. I am not saying that we should condemn those that we share bilateral relations with that have issues. I have matured and evolved in that regard however we certainly should not be on the side of condemnation o the only democracy in the Middle East. There are forty eight Arab nations all Islamic states not one democracy, all gross human rights violations, gross civil rights violations. I am not here to be the police of who is violating what and who isn’t but we have to decide who we are as a nation.”
Barrow also responded to the statements issued in partnership with his father, which drew an analogy to Belize’s differendum with Guatemala and the conflict in the Gaza Strip.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition:: “This entire position that some have taken is all based on propaganda. Israel has existed for thousands of years. To try to compare Belize and Guatemala to Israel and the Arabs is absolutely absurd. It is more in the vein of Belize and Israel share the same plight because Belize has always belonged to Belize and Guatemala through some imperial colonial fantasy wants to take claim of a country that they never set foot in and in Israel the Hebrews, the Isrealites the were there for thousands of years. That is what the Muslims their doctrine tells you, that is what the Christian doctrine tells you and that is what the Torah the Jewish doctrine tells you. They were persecuted, they were exiled from their land that is how some of them, not all of them ended up in Europe. So to make it that it’s white people coming back to colonize Israel is ridiculous. That was only ever Israel before that it was Canaan then the Romans named it Syria Palestine so these are all things that you know I don’t want to get involved in the controversy of it but if you really unpack it, it is quite simple. A people went back to their land that should not have been taken from them in the beginning so if you want to really look at it in context of justice and context a people’s right to exist and self determination what about Israel.”
The release was issued by the Right Honourable Dean Barrow, the Right Honourable Said Musa, Eamon Courtenay, Assad Shoman, and Godfrey Smith.