DOHA, Qatar (FinalCall.com)—[Editor’s
note: The following statement was delivered June 25, 2002 by
Minister Louis Farrakhan during a press conference held in Doha,
Qatar, where he was on the first leg of his Peace Mission to the
Middle East and Africa.]
As-Salaam-Alaikum. In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the
My dear brothers and sisters of the press, we have called
this press conference, first, to thank the Government of Qatar
and its leader, His Royal Highness, Emir Althani, for their
gracious reception of myself and my delegation. We thank the
Ambassador Dafa, the Foreign Ministry, and the Ministers of
Awqaaf for the warm reception that we had at the Diplomatic Club
last evening, and for the kindness that was shown to us by the
Police Department and security persons who have looked out for
us since we landed in Doha. Our gratitude to all for making our
stay in Qatar a most joyous and memorable one.
We also thank His Royal Highness for his official reception
of me and my delegation at his palace, and according us the
kindness of sharing with us, his counsel, his advice, his good
wishes for our journey, and his hopes and prayers that Allah
would bless our Peace Mission with success.
On last evening I was very disappointed in the Peace
Initiative by my own government as represented by our president,
President Bush. I think his advisers caused the President to
miss a great opportunity to give hope to the suffering
Palestinians, ease the fear, mistrust and even cause the hatred
that exists in this part of the world for America to decrease
instead of increase.
Unfortunately, the peace initiative was tied to so many
concessions expected of the Palestinians, that in my humble
judgment, it increases the anger of the Palestinians, their
despair and, unfortunately, it increases the desire of some to
continue to use their bodies as weapons against Israeli
There were aspects of President Bush’s peace plan that of
course are acceptable. But being tied to concessions that will
lengthen the time of misery of the Palestinian people is
The European Peace Plan, the Saudi Peace Plan that has been
endorsed by the Arab League, the Gadhafi Peace Plan, are
plans—along with President Bush’s Peace Initiative—that have
aspects in these plans that could form a framework for peace.
It reminds me of the surah (chapter) The Bee in the Holy
Qur’an, where the bee goes to each flower and extracts the best
part of it and then goes away and makes honey, which is a
healing for the diseases of mankind. If the wise of the world,
in an International Peace Conference, would extract the best
that is in each of these plans, they could formulate a framework
for peace that would give hope to both sides, that at last this
conflict that has been raging for 54 years might come to a
Therefore, we call on the United Nations that helped to
create the State of Israel to call for this International Peace
Conference under its auspices. At the same time, since Jerusalem
is holy and sacred to Christians, Jews, and Muslims, we cannot
leave the solution alone in the hands of the politicians. But
the religious leaders of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam also
have a stake in the resolution of this conflict.
Therefore, the religious leaders of the three faiths of
Abraham should be called together simultaneously to look at this
problem from the base of the Torah, the Gospel and the Qur’an,
to add their voices to the political voices and perhaps in so
doing, the Palestinian people as well as the Israeli people will
find some measure of hope that this long, dark night of hatred,
violence and bloodshed may end.
Such a Peace Conference involving the leaders of the world
and the religious leaders of all three of the faiths of Abraham
cannot go forward in an atmosphere of violence. Therefore, I am
imploring the Government of Israel to allow me to enter Israel
that I might speak to the leaders of Hamas, the Al Aqsa Brigade,
Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, and also Chairman Arafat, to ask
them if they would agree to a 90- to 120-day moratorium on
suicide bombings, and all forms of violence.
I am asking Prime Minister Sharon, if we get such a word and
agreement from these parties, that all of the tanks and the
soldiers that are presently occupying Palestinian towns come out
of these towns, and this very expensive wall that the Israelis
are building, let it cease. And let all give peace a chance.
I believe that this is the opportune time for peace because
it is the darkest hour in the 54-year history of this State of
Israel, and it is the darkest hour in the suffering of the
But as Almighty God Allah brought light out of darkness, I
believe, now that the whole world is interested in seeing a
peaceful resolution to this conflict, that this is the time that
all should concentrate on peace in the Middle East.
And should God bless us to create a peaceful resolution to
this conflict in The Holy Land, then with our combined will, we
can produce peace throughout our planet.
We must put a stop to murder and war that the children of our
planet may have a future.
Photo: Min. Farrakhan holds talks with Qatar
Emir Althani in Doha, Qatar.
Credit: Kenneth Muhammad