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New York Times Opposes Palestinian Self-Determination

by Stephen Lendman

 

Longstanding NYT articles, op-eds, and editorials are notoriously one-sided for Israel. Palestinian rights don’t matter, only Jewish ones.

Life in Occupied Palestine harshness goes largely unreported. Crimes of war and against humanity are ignored. An earlier If If Americans Knew report explained “highly disturbing patterns” of distorted, one-sided coverage.

Little changed from then to now. In February 2012, Jodi Rudoren became Times Jerusalem bureau chief. Like earlier ones, she’s Jewish. A previous article quoted Alison Weir asking “(w)ho is Jodi Rudoren?”

Previously she reported on domestic issues. It’s unclear what she knows about Israel/Palestine. She admits having little regional knowledge. She hopes to be a fast learner. Her marching orders are clear.

She’s uncomfortable addressing Israeli torture, murder, and other lawless policies. At best she says some call West Bank settlements “controversial.” International law calls them illegal. No ambiguity exists.

Early in her tenure, she connected with David Ha’ivri. He’s an extremist settler rabbi. He’s involved with Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane’s Kach group.

Kahanism is known for racist, ultranationalist, terrorist policies. Israel, America, EU nations and Canada declared Kach a terrorist organization. Kahanists call Arabs enemies of Jews and Israel.

Times editors bear full responsibility for pro-Israeli bias. On November 4, their editorial headlined “Palestinians at the UN, Again.” The title alone expresses arrogance and dismissiveness.

“With peace negotiations at an impasse since 2008 and unlikely to resume any time soon,” it said, “the Palestinians have only one diplomatic card left — their status at the United Nations — and once again they are trying to play it.”

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On and off for nearly four decades, so-called “peace” talks were stillborn from inception. Illusion masks an Israeli/Washington partnership intolerant of peace.

Israeli and US leaders don’t negotiate. They demand. Palestinians get nothing but take-it-or-leave it diplomacy. Conflict resolution isn’t possible because Palestinians have no legitimate peace partner.

Privately, Netanyahu calls talks a waste of time. Going through the motions assures institutionalized injustice. Times editors don’t notice or care.

“Last year, the Palestinian Authority toyed with submitting an application for full United Nations membership, but backed off in the face of overwhelming opposition from the United States and Israel.”

Now they plan to seek “nonmember observer state” status. They’ll likely get it. “It is not a move that will do anyone any good. It will not change facts on the ground, and it will come at a cost.”

“Israel and the United States say unilateral moves like these by the Palestinians violate the 1993 Oslo accords, which were intended to pave the way to a ‘final status agreement’ within five years.”

“And it is clear that a negotiated deal is the only way to ensure the creation of a viable Palestinian state and guarantee Israel’s security.”

Fact check

Previous articles explained that Palestinian statehood was established on November 15, 1988. At the time, the PLO adopted the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. It’s official and binding. Palestine satisfies all essential criteria for sovereign independence and full de jure UN membership.

On May 11, 1949, General Assembly Resolution 273 recommended UN membership for Israel. On November 5, 1949, it was officially granted. It was conditional on its government accepting and implementing Resolutions 181 and 194.

On November 29, 1947, the General Assembly passed Resolution 181, the Palestine Partition Plan.

It granted 56% of historic Palestine to Jews (with one-third of the population) and 42% to Palestinians.

It designated Jerusalem international city (a corpus separatum – separate body) under a UN Trusteeship Council. It called for an Independent Arab state by October 1, 1948.

It asked “all Governments and peoples to refrain from taking any action which might hamper or delay the carrying out of these recommendations.”

It called for the Security Council to be empowered with “the necessary measures as provided for in the plan for its implementation.”

Israel’s 1948 “War of Independence” intervened. On May 14, 1948, a Jewish state was proclaimed. It’s on stolen land. It’s on 78% of historic Palestine.

International law affirms the universal right of return. It’s not negotiable.

UN Resolution 194 (December 1948) said “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage which, under the principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the governments or authorities responsible.”

The General Assembly affirmed the right of return 135 or more times. Residents everywhere outside their native lands for any length of time have similar rights. Diaspora Palestinians have no fewer ones than others.

They’re not negotiable. International law affirms them. They’re binding and won’t change. Oslo Accord provisions represented unilateral Palestinian surrender. Negotiating terms were vaguely defined.

Timelines and outcomes weren’t specified. Israeli officials obstruct and delay. Concessions aren’t made. They never will be.

Official policy reflects occupation harshness and land theft. It’s hard-wired and unchanged. Negotiations accomplish nothing. Times reports don’t explain.

Perhaps as an afterthought, its editorial admitted that Netanyahu refuses serious compromise. Uniting with Avigdor Lieberman suggests “even more hard-line” policies ahead.

The Times shamelessly endorsed Obama. It did so for the wrong reasons. It ignored nearly four years of unprincipled leadership. It said, “Whatever chance exists of a new American peace initiative after the election is likely to vanish if Mitt Romney wins.”

Implied is that Obama’s reelection holds the best chance for Israel/Palestinian conflict resolution. Ignored is why no progress occurred during his first term.

He rejects Palestinian self-determination. He won’t accept full or partial UN membership. He’s one-sidedly pro-Israel. Rhetoric alone separates him from Romney. Both represent rogue governance.

The Times also rejects Palestinian statehood. It does so by ignoring what’s existed for 24 years. Dismissiveness defines longstanding editorial policy. Palestinians have no friend in Times Square.

About the Author: Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

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20 Responses to "New York Times Opposes Palestinian Self-Determination"

  1. stanleyengel  November 9, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Since the General Assembly has affirmed the right of return 135 or more times it’s about time the Palestinians did just that: return. There are about 900K Palestinians residing in Lebanon and war torn Syria who could make the journey in a matter of hours. The Israelis won’t stop those wishing to settle in Gaza or the West Bank. So let’s have the resettlement begin.

    • ricohands  November 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Gaza or the WB? Frankly they are not allowed to even go there and their homes are all over the usurping zionist entity. Even in Gaza and the WB there are refugees from what is now “Israel”.

    • DaveE  November 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Sure, they’ll just get in their armored tanks and pull into their driveways as if nothing ever happened.

  2. Franklin Ryckaert  November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Who cares what the Jew York Times says? It is a lying propaganda rag anyway, like most of the Jewish owned “mainstream” media. We now have the Internet and don’t need these Big Lie factories anymore.

    As for the “peace process” and Palestinian statehood, there never was nor ever will be a peace process. The whole thing is nothing but a trick to buy time for Israel in order to steal land as much as possible.

  3. ricohands  November 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

    The General Assembly affirmed the right of return 135 or more times. Residents everywhere outside their native lands for any length of time have similar rights. Diaspora Palestinians have no fewer ones than others.

    They’re not negotiable. International law affirms them. They’re binding and won’t change. Oslo Accord provisions represented unilateral Palestinian surrender. Negotiating terms were vaguely defined.

    Amen

    • ricohands  November 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

      PS thanks for another brilliant article Mr Lendman.

  4. boonie rat 70  November 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Got something stuck in your craw pal ? i am concerned people are following leaders for the wrong reason as the ability to make sound decisions are hampered without critical thinking skills & people are left without recourse when education is incomplete . empower people with the right tools & they will choose the right leadership , what is incoherent about that ,Bub? at no time did i defend the actions of the Israelis or the Occupation .However the system of governing that allowed Yasser Arafat et.al .to siphon money away from the Palestinian people which could have better positioned them to move ahead into the fray must be addressed . Do me a favor ,don’t sink to adolescent accusations or imagine words in my comments .

    • ricohands  November 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

      A cursory glance at your spam shows you have zero intellect and were sent by hasbara

    • boonie rat 70  November 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Avatar ricohands , is that the best you can do? childish at best. i don’t hide behind anything or anyone for any reason , ever. Well , i am weary of sparring with ghosts . i am going to head down to the river & try to catch a salmon .By the way , you may reach me at my personal email & i will link you to my website, perhaps the sight of beautiful Art is what you need ,one can only hope.

    • James Robertson  November 9, 2012 at 5:01 am

      Please post a link mate, it couldn’t possibly be worse than the mush you are spewing.

  5. James Robertson  November 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Judging by the incoherence of your response b.r, I truly hope that English is not your first language. The idea that the incompetence of the Palestinian authority justify the ongoing occupation and subjugation of the Palestinian people by their oppressor, Israel has no legitimacy whatsoever. It’s a sick joke lacking both logic and morality.Your comment is entirely fallacious nonsense. Were you drunk when you wrote that bs?

    • ricohands  November 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Well said. Hasbara has assigned BR to VT.

  6. boonie rat 70  November 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Mr. Lendman, a cursory check at Wikipedia on education in the Palestinian Territories was a dismal picture at the very least, with few current facts , showing that 60% of school fees are born by the student & a drop in higher learning %’ s with little interest in the sciences ,etc. One may say the education is poorly financed & young people are sadly equipped for the self determination needed to achieve a strong, independent nation . Coupled with the immoral leadership that siphons off billions [ i.e. ,Yaser Arafat ] for self interest i would venture to say the Palestinian youth are seriously handicapped even without the Israeli threat.

    • ricohands  November 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Wikipedia? Oh the one you hasbara propagandists have courses to edit. Palestinians are under occupation by the likes of you. They were perfectly self sufficient before you showed up and were the bread basket of the Middle East and were exporting fruit and vegetables to Europe for centuries.

    • boonie rat 70  November 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Yes , it was depressing to find so little info on the subject of education or the trend that has taken those people to be where they are now . hasbara propagandist ? i am trying to understand ALL the ramifications and what positive action may take place . the only reason i used wikipedia is to quickly get a ‘ feel ‘ for what education standards are prevalent there & Cairo university, etc. Too bad Cairo U. is rated #707, the people deserve better . Perhaps you have a reliable source for facts about education standards , nutrition , etc. for that part of the world . Many factors contribute towards a strong group of people . Many commentators at VT seem ready to “pull the pin” for simplistic reasons . i can trace my lineage back to 1114 ,sorry ,no one ransacked the Middle East .

    • ricohands  November 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      What is depressing is you totally ignore the root cause of their plight in every aspect of their lives (including education). What has your lineage got to do with Palestinians living under a usurping European ideology and controlling their every move whilst squatting on their land?

      Nebatean Canaanites took their mission of telling it to the world seriously. While they adopted different newer religions & rulers came & went, they remained the people of the ancient land & they were & remain pioneers. They were the first to develop: law, astronomy, math, & shipping, agriculture (hence the designations of fertile crescent & land of milk & honey), first to domesticate plants & animals, an alphabet – proto Aramaic alphabet evolved to the Arabic & Hebrew there in Canaan.

      Pray tell what have you Ashkenaz Khazars given to the world?

    • Worker Bee  November 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

      “Pray tell what have you Ashkenaz Khazars given to the world?”

      Privatized central banking and other forms of usury, of course.

    • ricohands  November 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Not forgetting terrorism & all things sinister

    • Worker Bee  November 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Tragically, the criminal Israelis have destroyed many Palestinian orchards and olive groves, where most of the trees were hundreds of years old, along with excess groundwater usage and planting of foreign plant species. If if all the Ashkenazi were packed off to the Caucasus tomorrow, it would take time for Palestinian agriculture to recover.

  7. boonie rat 70  November 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Mr. Lendman, a cursory check at Wikipedia on education in the Palestinian Territories was a dismal picture at the very least, with few current facts , showing that 60% of school fees are born by the student & a drop in higher learning %’ s with little interest in the sciences ,etc. One may say the education is poorly financed & young people are sadly equipped for the self determination needed to achieve a strong, independent nation . Coupled with the immoral leadership that siphons off billions [ i.e. ,Yaser Arafat ] for self interest i would venture to say the Palestinian youth are seriously handicapped even without the Isreali threat.

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