Supporting Palestine at the UN today is a vote for peace in the Middle East — Updated!


Hanan Ashrawi, a top negotiator for the Palestinians and special envoy for President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Countries that do not vote with Palestine will be on the wrong side of history, morality and international law” — Hanan Ashrawi

 

Editor’s Note updated: Indeed! Madame Hanan Ashrawi.  Congratulations! on the wonderful result of your long walk for Freedom and recognition in your own Homeland:

138- Yes votes  9- No votes and 41- Abstain.

In the meantime, we are being informed by the  prime purveyors of Freedom & Democracy in the region that “Powerful (but fearful!) members of the U.S. Congress have introduced an amendment to a key defense budget bill that would pull U.S. funding from countries voting to support the vote, and even from the U.N. itself.”   What are we to make of democracy in our time?

Israeli diplomats are apparently threatening to formally revoke the Oslo Accords and forcibly dismantle the Palestinian Authority, if Palestine’s UN status is upgraded.

Good! It will highlight as never before Israel’s true nature. This might be just what is needed for the UNGA to finally apply the “Uniting for Peace” Resolution to Israel, since the preceding Israeli actions would be – among many other things – a direct affront to all of the UN member states voting for Palestine, to the UN and to international law generally.

“The decision at the UN today won’t change anything on the ground,” Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “It won’t promote the establishment of a Palestinian state, it will distance it.”


by Hanan Ashrawi

The Guardian, UK

It might seem stating the obvious that Palestinians and Israelis find solutions only through negotiation, until you look at the record. It is a story in which one side makes proposals for nothing in return; one side makes agreements that the other side breaks; and one side keeps commitments that the other side ignores.

Take a recent decision by Israel to approve 100 new homes for its Jewish citizens in the illegal settlement of Gilo, when the Israeli army was bombarding and shelling Gaza. This (along with numerous other settlement decisions by Israel) constitutes a clear breach of signed agreements and of international humanitarian law.

New construction in the settlement of Gilo, where Israel has recently approved 100 new homes. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Today we return to the UN general assembly, the world’s largest multinational arena, where each of 193 states has a vote of equal value and none has a veto.

Supporting our bid for enhanced status at the UN is a vote for the universal values of human rights embodied in the UN charter. Opposing it would make the Palestinian people the glaring exception to universal human rights, denying us the right to self-determination. Ironically, it would constitute a collective punitive measure against us for pursuing our freedom peacefully on the basis of international law and in adherence to what should be a global rule of law.

The question the international community should ask is not who wants negotiations, but who wants solutions. The answer is clear – one side wants to negotiate a permanent solution and the other wants permanent negotiations.

We are as far from having a serious peace partner than at any time since we began this “process”. The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, at best views negotiations in the context of photo opportunities and handshakes to improve his international image and keep public opinion quiet. At worst he exploits the “process” to continue settlement expansion, the annexation of Jerusalem, and the “enjoyment” of an American-led legal cover to enable him to act with impunity. This, in fact, represents a severe provocation to our people who have been on the receiving end of such an enormous injustice without responding violently or illegally. While we have met our commitments, Israel continues to renege on its obligations and to build on the 22% of the remaining Palestinian land designated for the free sovereign state of Palestine.

Think for a moment of the absurdity of telling an occupied people to achieve their independence only by politely asking the occupier to kindly allow them to be free. While the world tunes out, Israel will continue its oppressive occupation with its continued settlement building and confiscation of land and resources, its control of everyday life with checkpoints and incursions, and its manipulation of the global political agenda by resorting to violence as the only solution, however futile it has proven itself to be.

Keeping this in mind, is it really any surprise that we Palestinians have decided to adopt the non-violent, diplomatic and multilateral legal approach of pursuing this status at the UN, to be accorded our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our own country?

Rather than being perceived as a substitute for negotiations, our efforts are consistent with the international community’s objective of achieving a peaceful solution whereby Palestine and Israel can live side by side in peace and security. This aim will never be achieved by giving one of these states a veto on the other’s existence. We are trying to create momentum for progress and credibility for legal and political solutions. Negotiations can work only if Israel is given a clear signal that it must abide by the laws of nations and the values of humanity at large.

We are resolute in our decision to apply for observer-state status. Now is the time for the international community to act on its words and help us bring an end to the occupation. For those countries, like the UK, that are still wavering, it must be stressed that if they choose not to vote with Palestine they will find themselves on the wrong side of history, let alone morality, justice and international law. Israel is deliberately destroying the two-state solution, as well as the chances for peace and security in the region and beyond. It is high time that all those countries that recognize the urgency of the moment become fully engaged in ending the cruel and illegal occupation and enabling the Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination and sovereignty and to live in freedom and dignity on their own land.

Editing: Debbie Menon

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5 Responses to "Supporting Palestine at the UN today is a vote for peace in the Middle East — Updated!"

  1. rexw  November 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    As an Australian, it give me no pleasure to know it was our Israeli-owned Prime Minister, though she wanted to vote “no”, was forced to back down to an abstention. Such was the almost riotous conditions in the Labor Caucus room. A ”no’ vote would have ended her questionable career. What a pity. It would have been the right result for a Zionist stooge, no better than the Agent Cameron from the UK.

    But even an abstention is an abrogation of any moral values and shows clearly how the insidious Israel Lobby works.

    Israeli-owned Leaders and Foreign Affairs people is their game and no matter it takes, money (per courtesy of the billions from the US), corruption of any type and description, graft, par for the course and those “leadership (brianwashing) Conferences in ‘beautiful’ Tel Aviv, , all expense paid, is always a good one. 17 from Australia in the last 6 months, the sideshows, shrines to a distant past, used to death by the tricksters with the recipients too dumb to see through it all. By this time, of course, their pockets full.

    When the names come out for the ‘no’ votes, and there will be a rational reason for the ‘no’, (bribery, blackmail, threats from the big bullyUS, …this is the UN, after all) just remember the abstainers are just as bad.
    An election in this compromised country in 12 months. It can’t come soon enough One just cannot abide Israeli pimps and stooges..

    • Paul Newell  November 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

      . What needs to happen now is for the yes voting countries to table and vote on some sanctions against the no voters and the cowardly abstainers. This is great however cause its harder for the msm to spin anything when it is all out there. The no voters are purely rabid dogs looking for blood feast, the abstainers are like cowardly little pups hanging, to afraid of what might happen to them. Sad really to see this behaviour, it is obvious now that human has reach their peak potential for real cognitive thinking

      • Paul Newell  November 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

        The no voters and the cowardly abstainers put the security of the planet in danger.

  2. Paul Newell  November 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    It is so much easier now to see who really is for peace and who is not, all the “abstainers” are now stained themselves with bearing their jewish subjected thoughts on the world. It is easy now to see what countries are so infiltraited and which are cleaner, will be really interesting to see how these abstaining countries (abstaining from peace???? WTF) to see how the people of the countries wake up if they wake at all, or just carry on with the wool in place. Regardless the tide is turnned now and adjustments obviously will have to be adapted to.

    • DaveE  December 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      That’s the nature of karma. As hard as the zionists try to outsmart the laws of nuture, it’s THEM who are outsmarted.

      The grand finale will be when the Department of Homeland Security and their detention centers and hollow-point ammunition are turned against the people who created these domestic terrorism programs: THE ZIONISTS THEMSELVES.

      Tough luck, scum.

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