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Abbas Submits Weak UN Status Bid
Palestine deserves full UN membership. It’s entitled to all rights and privileges afforded other Member States. Getting them is simple. It should have happened years ago.
Palestine satisfies all essential criteria. On November 15, 1988, it achieved statehood.
Previous articles explained. Security Council vetoes can’t prevent UN admission. General Assembly Member States have sole authority.
A two-thirds majority admits full de jure members. A simple majority admits observer ones. Palestine has more than enough support for either.
Why Arafat didn’t seek UN admission he can’t explain. In 2004, Israel murdered him. It’s indisputable. Clear evidence proves it.
Abbas has lots of explaining to do. He’s a longtime Israeli collaborator. He’s a traitor. Israel made him president for that reason.
Palestinians have good reason to expect a watered-down, meaningless UN bid. That’s all they’ll get. The fix is in. It shouldn’t be that way.
Abbas seeks nonmember observer status. With it come significant rights. Getting them requires not requesting they be excluded or omitting them from draft text language.
Full rights permit joining specialized UN agencies. They include the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Law of the Sea Treaty (LST), NPT, International Court of Justice (ICJ), and International Criminal Court (ICC).
Membership gives Palestine control of its territorial waters and air space. Other rights are afforded.
Suing Israel (at the ICJ) and Israeli officials (at the ICC) for genocide, as well as crimes of war and against humanity is permitted. By or after 2017, Israel can also be sued for criminal aggression.
November 29 is D-Day (decision day). UN Member States will vote. Palestine will easily gain upgraded nonmember observer status. At issue is what comes with it. It depends on what’s excluded.
Abbas submitted a 316-word draft. It calls for resuming peace talks with Israel. Doing so is meaningless and insulting. Abbas knows it. Going through the motions is a charade.
Peace isn’t possible without a legitimate partner. Palestine never had one. It doesn’t now.
Talks were stillborn from inception. One observer called them “the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history.”
Israel doesn’t negotiate. It demands. Nothing short of unconditional surrender is acceptable. Decades of on and off talks were futile. Dealing with Netanyahu assures no resolution.
Israel spurns peace. Netanyahu calls pursuing it “a waste of time.” The so-called “peace process” is more slogan than reality. It’s a duplicitous charade.
Abbas’ draft language said nothing about halting settlement construction. It doesn’t request membership in UN agencies and treaties. That’s key.
Without it, upgraded status is meaningless. Vital rights are denied. Abbas seems headed in that direction. It shouldn’t surprise.
He sold out Palestinians at Oslo. He became Israel’s enforcer. He supports occupation harshness.
Israel made him president. He lives a privileged lifestyle. His own people suffer. He’s near retirement. He doesn’t want to spoil things now.
On November 26, the London Guardian headlined “Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN.”
Statehood is not at issue. Britain’s “generosity” comes with strings. It wants Palestine denied all rights.
Expect Abbas to accede to all demands. He cares only about his own status and welfare. He’s a duplicitous traitor. He’s also a pathetic spent force. Hamas emerged from Pillar of Cloud resolute and resilient.
Throughout eight days of terror bombing and shelling, Abbas was largely sidelined and silent. His support was rhetorical, not real. He wants Hamas destroyed.
Expect pathetically little from his UN bid. Why else would Israel, Washington, and other Western states permit it.
On November 27, Haaretz headlined “Israel, US hold secret talks on softening Palestinian Authority’s UN bid,” saying:
Israel and Washington conspire like they always do. At issue is neutralizing Palestine’s bid. “Softening” means neutering or castrating.
On Sunday, Netanyahu’s representative, Isaac Molho, left for Washington. He’s meeting with senior administration and State Department officials.
Earlier, Israel and Washington went all-out to subvert Palestine’s bid. It’s proceeding as planned. Tactics changed. Focus now is on making it meaningless.
Obama officials say they “will try to soften the wording, in an attempt at damage limitation.” It’s more than that. They want full Israeli authority unimpeded.
They want no ICJ or ICC lawsuits. They want everything Britain demands and then some. They want Palestinians denied all rights. Obama and Netanyahu agree.
Language is being drafted. Washington and Israel want it inserted in Abbas’ draft before Thursday’s vote.
Earlier, Congress threatened to suspend, cut, or cease UN funding if Palestine gets nonmember observer status. Freezing or cutting off US funding supplied Palestine was also mentioned.
Israel promised tough retaliatory measures. Threats included revoking privileges afforded PA officials, canceling work permits for Palestinians in Israel, halting tax transfers, and greatly expanding settlement construction.
Avigdor Lieberman wants the PA destroyed. Softer language changes things. Haaretz said after the UN vote, “Israel will introduce sanctions against the Palestinians” but they won’t be as harsh as originally planned.
“Only if the Palestinians use the UN decision to advance moves at the (ICC) will Israel consider more drastic steps.”
An unnamed senior Israeli official said:
“We have to be clever, not just right. There will be measures in reaction, but they will be relatively moderate.”
He has temporarily freezing tax revenues in mind. Doing so is easily “reversible.” Israel wants Palestinian enforcers paid. They’re needed. They’re complicit in assuring occupation harshness.
Settlement construction will continue unimpeded. So will land theft and dispossessions. Palestinians will be forced off their own property. Their homes will be demolished. Jewish development will replace them.
Hundreds of new housing units will be announced. Illegal outposts will be authorized. Palestine will be shrunk in size to near extinction. UN status Palestine gets will be impotent to stop it.
Washington and Israel plan it that way. Expect Abbas to acquiesce. He always does. The fix is in. Palestinians always end up on the short end. Some day things will change. When, who knows.
On November 27, at around 2PM regional time, Haaretz headlined “Israel-US efforts to soften wording of Palestinian UN bid has failed, official says.”
Abbas submitted his draft days earlier. PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said language won’t change. Perhaps it doesn’t matter. What’s proposed is weak. The text left much to be desired.
Haaretz said Palestinians refused new language to “prevent them from filing (ICC) criminal charges….”
Having authority is toothless without using it. Abbas and other key PA officials spurned Palestinian rights for years. Expect no change now.
Haaretz said “Palestinians made clear to the US and several prominent European Union that they (will only) provide an oral guarantee” not to file ICC charges for about six months.
Before submitting his draft last week, Abbas inserted language some EU countries requested. It included:
Haven’t we heard all that before? It’s repeated ad nauseam. It’s gone on for decades. Policy doesn’t follow rhetoric. Occupation harshness continues.
Peace talks are meaningless without a legitimate partner. Palestine never had one. It doesn’t now.
For over 45 years, UN pledges and resolutions afforded Palestinians no rights. Nothing changed now. Measures without teeth are worthless.
Rhetoric falls woefully short. Nations able to help, don’t. UN nonmember observer status changes nothing.
Palestinians remain isolated on their own. Occupation harshness won’t change. Palestinian suffering continues. What matters is ending it. Nothing else.
Ashraf Ouaida, 30, was accused of collaborating with Israel and then executed by the Izzedin al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, on 15 November 2012, the second day of the Israeli war on Gaza.
His body was left on Jalaa Street in the center of Gaza City, with a sign declaring the Brigades’ responsibility for the execution and promising to go after other collaborators.
Ouaida was being detained in an Internal Security Forces prison affiliated with Hamas in Gaza, where he had confessed in a videotaped statement to his part in the assassination of 15 Hamas leaders. Ouaida said that he started spying for Israel in exchange for money, because he was poor and wanted to become wealthy.
The resistance leaders he shadowed included Abdul-Aziz Rantissi, Ismail Abu Shanab, Salah Shehadeh, Ibrahim Makadmeh, Massoud Ayyad, and Said Siyam, among others.
Ouaida also reportedly confessed to spreading misinformation in order to sow confusion in Gaza.
It is no secret that Israel would not be able to effectively carry out assassinations were it not for Palestinian collaborators. In fact, the only way the Shin Bet, Israel’s general security service, can target these individuals is through their spies.
Eliminating collaborators is considered vital to winning the battle against Israel, and has become a top priority for the resistance factions led by Hamas. Since seizing control of Gaza, Hamas has managed to seriously impede these spies’ ability to operate.
The Shin Bet uses many methods to ensnare and recruit collaborators, including exploiting the poverty of some Palestinians by offering financial incentives.
Once caught in the trap, these collaborators rarely escape it alive, according to Abu-Hassan, who once helped a relative turn himself in after he confessed to getting caught up in the Israelis’ web.
“My cousin was never an immoral person, but he was a victim of poverty and destitution,” said Abu-Hassan. “He could not tell us about what he was doing, nor could he break free from what he was involved in. He found himself getting sucked in deeper and deeper.”
“When the government in Gaza offered amnesty to repenting collaborators, he became fearful about becoming further entangled in spying for Israel, especially since he was not involved in any assassinations,” he continued. “He came to me and told me everything, seeking my advice. I told him immediately that he should turn himself in, and later went with him to the government where he gave himself up in return for amnesty.”
Abu-Hassan said his relative was sentenced to one year in prison, since he was not involved in any killings.
But the Israelis would not let their former agent be, and he was killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his home in the northern Gaza Strip.
Most Palestinians in Gaza agree on the need to root out all and any forms of collaboration with Israel, but they differ on what is to be done with those guilty of spying.
Shirine Khalifa, 30, did not hesitate to say that all those implicated as collaborators must not be kept alive, because those who betray their country can never be trusted again.
For his part, Hamdi Hamid called for enforcing the death penalty against traitors.
Taysir al-Biltaji disagrees, however, pointing out that while it is necessary to capture collaborators, he thinks they should be given the chance to repent, or be sentenced to life in prison if they have committed serious acts of treason.
According to Biltaji, the loss of life is a very sensitive matter, especially since Palestinian society blames collaborators for the death of the leaders whom they help track.
In the end, collaborators are never safe; they fear discovery by their fellow Palestinians and assassination by Israelis when they no longer have a use for them.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
But how does the Qatari foreign minister’s assessment that the Arabs are impotent to act over Gaza square with the fact that he and other Gulf states can find the resolve to supply the Syrian opposition with arms and media support?
How can they decide – and do they really expect us to believe – that the Palestinians don’t need similar support and attention?
What is preventing these countries from continuing to back the Syrian opposition and doing the same for Palestinians?
How can people with a record of struggle – especially Palestinians who reside at the courts of Gulf decision makers – justify their ties with the holy alliance of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, the US, and colonial Europe?
How can Palestinians active in academic, scientific, media, and diplomatic institutions controlled by the GCC states justify such policies to themselves?
What is happening in Palestine attests to one thing: The occupation endures and continues, and that means resistance endures and continues. The resistance has been hourly demonstrating its capabilities, and its ability to exert more impact on Israel.
The alternative is the option of yielding. There is no need to be oblique about such a stance since, whatever the phrasing, it amounts to the same thing: surrender.
Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
«لا مقاومة، لا مفاوضات». شعار يعني ببساطة أن على الفلسطينيين التصرف على أساس أن الاحتلال قائم وباقٍ، وألا ينتظروا دعماً استثنائياً جراء المتغيّرات التي حصلت. ووصل الأمر بأحد مسؤولي الخليج الى التندّر، متصوراً حواراً بين الرئيس محمد مرسي وخالد مشعل. يقول فيه رئيس مصر: «إيه يا راجل، إحنا مش قادرين نكنس الشوارع. عايز إيه، خلاص، أوقف إطلاق النار، وربّنا المسهّل».
ما الذي يمنع هذه الدول من مواصلة دعمها بالطريقة التي تريدها للمعارضة السورية، وأن تقوم بالأمر نفسه مع أبناء فلسطين؟
أما البديل فهو خيار التنازل. موقف كهذا لا يحتاج إلى مواربة أو مناورة، ومهما غُلّف بعبارات وأفكار، نتيجته واحدة: الاستسلام
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|The American newspaper Wall Street Journal revealed Sunday that Jordan organizes meetings between officers of the American and the Zionist intelligence services with Syrian soldiers who defected and fled to Jordan.
“The Jordanian intelligence services organized for officers and officials of the Israeli and U.S. intelligence interrogation sessions with Syrian soldiers, who fled to Jordan in order to extract information about the Syrian army and liaise with Syrian officers, “said the paper on the role of Jordan in aiding to intensify the Syrian uprising.
Started last spring, the role of Jordan continued in buying and transferring weapons financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the militia of the so-called ‘free Syrian army’. The daily ensures that Jordanian intelligence services officers regularly meet with the Syrian militia leaders, facilitating their coming and going across the borders, and discussing with them issues and strategic military.
Covered with the Lebanese Forces flag, a well known Israeli collaborator said he was “ready to kill”, as he was taking part in Sunday’s events when March 14 militants and partisans tried to storm the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut.
Pierre Nammour, of Lebanese nationality, has been charged of spying for the Zionist entity in the Lebanese territories for more than ten years.
He entered the occupied territories for treatment at the Israeli Rambam Medical Center after being injured in his chest and abdomen during his service as a collaborator.
Nammour asked the Zionist entity for an asylum following July offensive in 2006 when one of the Israeli patrols occupied the southern village of Marwaheen.
Born in Saida, he was from Qlaiaa residents.
The man, who speaks Hebrew fluently, was among the people who took part in the protest that coincided with the funeral of Internal Security Forces Information Branch Chief Wissam al-Hasan on Sunday.
He appeared in a report broadcast by al-Jadeed TV on Sunday, covered with the Lebanese Forces flag.
“March 14 is still alive in our souls,” Nammour told al-Jadeed reporter as he voiced distress for the ongoing events in Lebanon.
“What happened in the country is no more bearable!” he said, adding that “we can do much more actions,” against what the second side has been doing.
When asked to name some of these “actions” the Israeli colloborator can do it to “counter” the other camp’s practices, he said: “The easiest action in life is killing!”
The reporter here asked him: “Are you ready to kill?”
Nammour answered blatantly: “If we were obliged to do so… Why not?”
In fact, they want officials representing them, not Israel. Abbas and Fayyad won’t tolerate them. Everything is arranged for Fatah candidates to win. “They always win,” said Qawasmi. “And nothing ever changes.”
One Palestinian perhaps spoke for others, saying:
“I don’t understand how we can have elections in just half the territory. I don’t even know who’s running.”
They crack down hard against challengers. They mock democratic freedoms. They represent despot authority. They’re complicit Israeli puppet stooges.
They dismissed about 50 Fatah members wanting to run as independents. Prominent former Nablus Mayor Ghassan Shaka’a was bumped illegitimately.
Other PLO candidates running independently were denied funding. They include candidates representing the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and People’s (Communist) Party.
Al Haq human rights group legal consultant, Issam Abdeen, said:
“The sound basis for any election to take place is a healthy, political atmosphere. (It’s) clearly lacking here.”
According to Palestinian Central Electoral Commission (CEC) chairperson Hanna Nasser, the West Bank has over 350 districts. However, 181 won’t participate because only Fatah candidates are running.
In addition, another 78 postponed voting until November. At issue is getting enough candidates to stand in a fraudulent process.
On October 18, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expressed great concern about upcoming elections. At issue is limited public freedoms and “continuing widespread” PA human rights violations.
On July 10, Palestine’s CEC was “instructed to make the necessary arrangements in order to organize the elections in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by the Council of Ministers in Ramallah.”
After Hamas CEC participation was terminated, “the Council of Ministers annulled their previous decision.” They decided on only West Bank elections.
The most recent local council ones were held in stages from December 2004 to December 2005. In December 2009, the mandate for these elections expired.
Since then, separate West Bank/Gaza authorities appointed local council members directly. Favoritism substituted for democracy.
“As the mandate granted by the Palestinian people in local, legislative and presidential elections has expired, these institutions have lost their authorization to represent the will of the Palestinian voters.”
“Therefore, the holding of renewed elections is the democratic entitlement of the Palestinian people.”
Legitimate general or local elections require certain conditions in place. Transparency is fundamental. So is a free, fair, and open process. The popular will of the electorate must be prioritized.
Public freedoms must be protected.
They include “the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly, the right to form associations, freedom of the press, the release of political detainees, and an end to restrictions placed on political activities.”
Nothing resembling electoral freedom is in place. How could it be with democracy excluded from the ballot. Palestine is fractured in two pieces. Abbas repeatedly delayed elections. After promising Fatah/Hamas unity, he backed off and did nothing.
Security forces he controls also compromise human and civil rights. Israeli diktats are prioritized over democratic freedoms and legitimate governance. Palestinians deserve better. They’re denied it under Israeli-enforced occupation rules.
Abbas/Fayyad began corrupting the process months ago. Fatah outliers, other challengers, and Hamas members were targeted. Arrests were made. Palestinians wanting legitimate government were imprisoned.
What’s upcoming this weekend assures continuity of lawless government and Fatah-enforced occupation harshness. Palestinians should opt out and stay home. With choice off the ballot, nothing they do electorally will change things.
Separately, Haaretz headlined “Netanyahu cabinet to adopt part of Levy report on legal status of West Bank outposts.”
All settlements and outposts violate international law. Israel spurns it dismissively. In January, Netanyahu appointed a three-member committee. Former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy headed it.
He excluded fairness and rule of law principles from consideration. Three issues were examined:
(1) Legal aspects of Israel’s occupation.
(2) The 2005 Sasson Report’s conclusion that dozens of outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land were illegal.
(3) Whether Israel’s presence in the West Bank is, or is not, an occupation.
Levy’s report rewrote international law. It claimed that occupation “as set out in the relevant international conventions cannot be considered applicable to the unique and sui generis historic and legal circumstances of Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria spanning over decades.”“Israelis have the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria and the establishment of settlements cannot, in and of itself, be considered illegal.”
It recommended legalizing illegal outposts. It said zoning officials should authorize them without further political approval. It urged no restraints on settlement construction.
Netanyahu praised the report, saying:
“In my opinion, this report is important because it deals with the legalization and the legitimization of the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria on the basis of facts, a variety of facts and arguments that should be seriously considered.”
It’s unsurprising given Likud’s position on settlements, stating:
“The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (all Occupied Palestine) are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel.”
“The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”
Likud rejects Green Line separation of Israel and Palestine. It incrementally steals Palestinian land. It declared all Jerusalem sovereign Israeli territory.
Likud’s Charter also rejects Palestinian self-determination, saying:
“The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
“Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem.”
“The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
Levy’s Likudnik standing remains unblemished. He’s more shyster than jurist. He’s little more than a retired Likud Party hack. His opinions are entirely separate from legal principles. Revisionism defined his ruling.
Haaretz said Netanyahu plans to legalize West Bank outposts. Previously he stopped short. No longer. Together with other hardliners they’ll do it to appease settlers ahead of planned January elections.
Doing so will make it easier to steal land, expand settlements, and dispossess more Palestinians. Adopting key parts of Levy’s report effectively annexes all West Bank territory Israel wishes.
Maybe taking it all is planned. Put nothing past fascists like Netanyahu. Some of his policies exceed what some despots would dare.
Surprisingly, Defense Minister Ehud Barak opposes his move, saying:
Approving the Levy report “will backfire on those who support it. The report’s adoption won’t strengthen the settlements in the West Bank, but will instead cause diplomatic damage and will increase Israel’s isolation in the world.”
He urged cabinet members reject what’s now approved. Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich agreed. He called Netanyahu’s move a transparent pre-election stunt. He’ll do more harm to Israel’s security than improve it.
Kadima MK Yisrael Hasson said Netanyahu’s “playing with a flame-thrower over a barrel of gasoline. (He) wants to enslave the State of Israel for the sake of political interests and we will pay the price for that.”
Other opposition party members also expressed criticism. Likud MK Danny Danon said he’s trying to enlist congressional support. He wants Washington to legitimize what’s illegitimate.
Getting it he calls “a rare historical opportunity.” With US elections approaching, perhaps he’ll succeed. No one considers what’s right for Palestinians important.
Decades ago, Washington made them non-persons. Israel did earlier in 1948. Effectively, they’re denied all rights. Occupation harshness demands it.
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