Good Morning panel on this table It gives me a great honor to be on this panel with distinguished Personalities who has an influence on what could be done against international terror, Special joy gives me. The fact that His Excellency Zaid Al-Bandk is on this Panel.
was offered by My Good Friend Louis D’amore to be
part of this panel with the topic of “a strategic Tourism Industry Response to
Int’l Terrorism” in my capacity as one of the leaders of Skal
my first reaction was to say “There is
nothing I can Say” , What an
International Tourism Association that I belong too and other associations, can
do directly against the most dangerous activity around the world which exists
these days, “International Terrorism”. This is a strategy that the world’s governments together and individually has to take action
against. Governments have the means and tools to run campaigns against int’l
terrorism; I am not the one to give them advices what to do. Many governments
do take action, not always successfully, but we the international tourism
industry, can’t do anything, directly about this disease. The only thing that
we can contribute, is
activity for creation of pubic opinion that in turn will pressure the governments to act drastically against this malignant tumor.
Being an Israeli born I will, with your permission, tell you something that is summarizing the situation in our area;
Germany & Austria in the beginning of the last century, most of them non religious Jews, they were the elite, very well connected to the authorities, academy etc... Some of Them left
Zweige arrived to the Holy Land, and was shocked; he found nothing much, Few Arab and Jewish villages, a small port in
Zweige was corresponding with his good friend, the famous Zigmond Freud who lived in Germany and wrote to him “I arrived to a country that has nothing” Freud answered him “this is the land of the bible, in this land we have only God and Religions, and with this the country have to make up survive and exist”.
Yes, every country sells what she has. In
No body in the worlds of the Islam, Christianity & Judaism haven’t heard
The failure in selling to the world what we are the best in, is a direct damage
caused by the terrorism during the times that we had here a hope for coming
peace, the in-coming tourism, more than doubled it self and reached
millions, which is still nothing to the potential we have.
I am sure that we the people of our region have the right to talk about the damages of terrorism; we are the number 1 casualty of the terrorism.
As we all know there is no industry which is as sensitive and fragile as the
tourist industry, and the damage caused to tourism is spreading around
in circles and touches all the levels of our economy, not to speak of death and
injuries. All these are specific to our area. Every pips here has an echo in
disproportional measures, no person of the 3 religions and others is’
indifferent to the name of places he hear
When somebody is being stabbed in
Our area could have been a blooming garden to all our inhabitants Arabs and
Jews. We are a region that the main product we can offer is tourism and all
this is prevented to us by the terror. Ironically that instead of tourism we
are selling to the world, security and
assistance to areas that suffered tragedies and disasters caused by nature and men, these are the areas we had to be specialized in due to the disasters caused by terrors that we have suffered ourselves.
The only way, as I said that we, as international organizations, can act, is by creating public opinion in the world that will pressure the governments to act in drastic means against the terror.
We, Skal International are working for the creation of cooperation among our members around the world in order to reach recognition and knowledge of the other person and for acceptance that life in coexistence are more beneficial than hostility.
We as international body running every year international
congresses & regional meetings in different venues. We are
trying to convene in places that need us, places that have suffered disasters
or unrest of any kind, we had an
international congress in
places we meet in, get the exposure and we show the
public that they can travel to these destinations.
In our immediate area Skal international is very active in encouraging connections among members and chapters that had frictions of different kinds, in order to smooth the relations and facilitate business relations among the members. Skal
Last Thursday we have inaugurated an integrated chapter under the name “Red Sea Bay”; this chapter consist of members from North Sinai — Egypt, Aqaba — Jordan and Eilat — Israel, it is a unique example for cooperation of people from 3 countries that were not so friendly some time ago. This is going to be a model to our organization.
I am sure that it will contributes to the understanding among the members and
will ease the cooperation in campaigns to bring more tourists to the entire area,
I am just sorry that we can’t have for, the time being, a fourth country — Saudi.
Another example is
International organization should be involved in dialogs, dialogs between nations and dialogs between groups & individuals.
International organizations should hold their international and regional
congresses in venues that have suffered of terror or other disasters.
Most important is that all international
organizations of all kinds would not cooperate with countries which are
discriminating against some members of the organizations. Our organizations
should not give a helping hand for arranging international meeting of any kind
where the hosting country is denying entrée to all the members from all the
countries to participate in the meeting. If this will be applied by many
international organizations it will help for changing the attitude by the
authorities and change the atmosphere for more tolerance.
I am not sure if I have contributed any thing to the subject, but as I have said in the beginning, I can not offer specific ideas for a direct activity against the international terror, this is the responsibility of governments who have to unite and act together seriously, and not only go out with declarations, I know it is not easy but it can be done.
We, organizations, can only try and help areas that were hit, and work for the creation of tolerance, understanding and cooperation, among ourselves & our communities.