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Now that Palestine has its birth certificate…

The game is up for Israel’s pimps and hirelings

 

by Stuart Littlewood

 

PLO executive member Hanan Ashrawi thanked the 138 UN General Assembly members that voted for Palestine’s upgrade to a non-member state, telling them: “You have rescued the chances of peace by supporting the forces of reason and responsibility rather than the irrational and irresponsible exercise of force and violence. You have given us hope, and we pledge to work with you to make this shared world of ours more peaceful and humane.”

She said the nations that voted for Palestine had “demonstrated courage and integrity by acting in accordance with the dictates of your conscience and integrity rather than the diktat of power and intimidation”.

Hanan Ashrawi is a Palestinian Christian who has been around a long time in Palestinian politics and held many key posts. As a student in Lebanon during the 1967 war she was prevented by Israel from going home to the West Bank for 6 long years. A veteran activist for peace and human rights she is regarded as a voice of reason. We in the West need to hear from this lady more often.

And we need to hear less from Israeli ambassador Prosor. In his rant in the lead-up to the vote he said: “Time and again we have sought peace with the Palestinians. Time and again, we have been met by rejection of our offers.”

No doubt he was thinking of Barak’s ‘generous offer’. One of the greatest propaganda lies circulated by the Israeli regime and its supporters is how Arafat turned down former Israeli prime minister Barak’s so-called ‘generous offer’ in 2000.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip, seized by Israel in 1967 and occupied ever since, comprise just 22% of pre-partition Palestine. When the Palestinians signed the Oslo Agreement in 1993 they agreed to accept the 22% and recognise Israel within ‘Green Line’ borders (i.e. the 1949 Armistice Line established after the Arab-Israeli War), thus conceding 78% of the land that was originally theirs. It was an astonishing compromise on their part.

But it wasn’t enough for Barak. His so-generous offer required the inclusion of 69 Israeli settlements within that 22% remnant. It was plain for all to see on the map that these settlement blocs created impossible borders and already disrupted Palestinian life in the West Bank. Barak also required the Palestinian territories be placed under “Temporary Israeli Control”, meaning Israeli military and administrative control indefinitely. His so-generous offer also gave Israel control over all the border crossings of the new Palestinian State. What nation on earth would accept that?

Addressing Abbas, Prosor said: “You asked the world to recognize a Palestinian state, but you still refuse to recognize the Jewish state.” The Jewish state still hasn’t declared its borders and won’t recognise even the most fundamental rights of the Palestinians and certainly not their right of self-determination. As Prosor well knows, even Hamas have offered to accept Israel on its internationally recognised pre-1967 borders. All Israel has to do is end its illegal occupation.

Of course, Prosor couldn’t resist a pop at Hamas, accusing them of firing more than 1,300 rockets into the heart of Israel’s major cities last month (November). That many… into the very heart of major cities… and killing only 5?

“There is only one route to Palestinian statehood,” he announced in dictatorial tones. “And that route does not run through this chamber in New York. That route runs through direct negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah…” He also said the UN “should encourage the Palestinians to enter into direct negotiations without preconditions in order to achieve an historic peace in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the Jewish state”. The Palestinians have made it clear they will not return to peace talks without a freeze in settlement building, but the Israelis insist there can be no preconditions even while they carry on committing war crimes and other criminal acts.

The day after losing the UN vote, and just to prove they don’t want peace, Israel authorised the construction of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. And they are reported to be speeding up 1,000 other planning permissions. About 500,000 Jews already live in more than 100 settlements built on stolen Palestinian land. Those settlements are considered illegal under international law,

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon told the General Assembly: “I believe that the Palestinians have a legitimate right to their own independent State. I believe that Israel has the right to live in peace and security with its neighbours. There is no substitute for negotiations to that end. Today’s vote underscores the urgency of a resumption of meaningful negotiations. We must give new impetus to our collective efforts to ensure that an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine lives side by side with a secure State of Israel.

“I urge the parties to renew their commitment to a negotiated peace. I count on all concerned to act responsibly, preserve the achievements in Palestinian State-building under the leadership of President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad, and intensify efforts towards reconciliation and the just and lasting peace which remains our shared goal and priority.”

He is out of order claiming there’s no alternative to a “negotiated” peace when the full machinery of international law is waiting to be activated and numerous UN resolutions ruling on the path to justice have yet to be implemented. Furthermore he repeats the Israeli/US scripted mantra about ensuring a secure Israel but only a viable Palestine. Ban Ki-Moon would do better to blow the dust off that the pile of discarded resolutions passed by his great organisation and get to work on them. He above all people should realise there can be no peace without justice.

As Roger Waters, on behalf of the Russell Tribunal, told the General Assembly, “It is not enough to deplore, condemn. What we need is for the United Nations – for you, excellencies, your governments and the General Assembly in which you serve – to take seriously its responsibility…”

So what happens next?

Israeli propaganda chief Mark Regev’s wise-crack that the UN vote was just “negative political theatre” will, one hopes, come back and bite him in the ass. The Palestinians are now in a position to re-frame the situation, to insist on justice before any peace deals and to require that things are done in the right order. Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, suggests this could be the start of a ‘Legal Intifada’ by Palestine against Israel.

Why should Palestinians have to negotiate over Israel’s unlawful acts and haggle for their property in rigged talks when there’s proper recourse to the law? Israel’s pimps and hirelings are now exposed. No wonder the Zionist regime and its spin-masters are in such a flap.

Palestine might join the International Criminal Court and file complaints against Israel’s suspected war criminals, its illegal settlements and its settlers, who also are committing war crimes. Palestine could also sue Israel and break the illegal siege of Gaza. Palestine could join the Law of the Sea Convention and properly secure its right to Gaza’s huge marine gas field. It might also take action to gain, among other things, sovereign control of its own airspace, airwaves and frequency spectrum.

The Palestinians might declare their own borders on internationally recognized pre-1967 lines. Israel’s squatters, if they stayed, would automatically become Palestinian citizens – and serves them right.

Let’s hope the PLO have their paperwork ready. They’ve had precious else to do the last few years except plan for this moment.

The cracked gramophone recording by the likes of Obama, Rice, Clinton, Hague, Cameron, Netanyahu and even Ban Ki-Moon, slavishly calling for a return to negotiations, is laughably absurd. Everyone now sees through their game, which is to ensure that ‘talks’ drag on long enough for the occupation to become irreversible and for the Zionist crazies to realise their dream of a Greater Israel… and everyone else’s nightmare.

The sooner men-in-white-coats round up these stooges and ‘de-program’ them, the better for us all.


Stuart Littlewood’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, can now be read on the internet by visiting www.radiofreepalestine.org.uk

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6 Comments for “Now that Palestine has its birth certificate…”

  1. Agreed, Dr. Ashrawi is perhaps the most intelligent and articulate person among the circles of Abbas. She has gained lots of credibility and respect when she was the spokesperson for the Palestinian team in Washington under the leadership of the late Dr. Haider Abdul-Shafi. However in my personal opinion she lost much of her credibility when she official joined the inner circles of Yasser Arafat knowing well he is corrupt, incompetent, manipulative, ran a police state in the service of the Jewish Occupation ( Preventive Security and 13 other different police and security agencies including Air Force Intelligence with its own prison), and to say the least insulting and humiliating to those around him. Arafat is well known to speak with degrading language to all those around him knowing well that they will accept the insults rather than lose the financial privileges and “rewards” he was known to bestow upon his inner circles to buy their loyalties. Dr. Ashrawi lost much of her standing and credibility when she joined the PLO Executive Committee knowing well the PLO lost any and all credibility and legitimacy among Palestinians and the few who continue to support or have loyalty for the PLO are the beneficiaries of the PLO ( salaries, VIP passes, housing and travel allowance). Too bad many of the heads of the Civil Societies established and open their own “shops” raising multi million dollars from donors without any accountability to any one…The Occupation became a source of big income for many within the Palestinian leadership and for the heads of the many thriving NGO…

  2. Artificial inseminations never last. They have a sell by date. Let’s face it

  3. Franklin Ryckaert

    The next step those 138 nations, who voted in favor of Palestine in the General Assembly, could do is to fully recognize Palestine as a state and exchange ambassadors. In case they already had diplomatic relations with that illegal construct called “Israel” they should break off those relations. This still would not change the situation on the ground for the Palestinians but would strengthen their position internationally immensely. Thus the world could start a process of legitimization of Palestine and delegitimization of “Israel”. Of course a thorough economical boycott of the Jewish rogue state should accompany the delegitimization effort. We’ll see whether that will bring this entity to its knees.

  4. Warlord Moneybags

    I heard an interview with Hanan Ashrawi on ABC Radio National here in Australia this morning. Intelligent, determined, forthright, with a very good grasp of English and it’s subtle nuances, I agree, let’s hope we hear alot more from this woman.

    The only thing she said which worried me a little was along the lines of “Abbas is the our leader”, when questioned about the lack of cohesion amongst Fatah, Hamas etc.

    She seemed to me to be a far more appropriate choice for such a position.

    • Yes, that is one of the major problems the palestinians have, they have no creditable respresentative, easily recoignised by the world, who can articulate in fluent english.
      Abbas has nor credit, as although he was once elected, his term expired a long time ago and he is not allowing any new election, fearing he will be removed from power. In addition, he was paid off by the israelis and US, so who can really trust him. (I wonder how many millions did he stash aways in swiss or other banks, money stolen from his people).
      Still, I wish them good luck and Abbas must prove now that he can be a leader of his nation. That means demanding removal of the occupying forces and all settlers, Israel moving back to the green line of 1967, as it is a state withour declared borders.
      Actually, the palestinians could demand that Israel moves back to their area provided to them by the UN during 1948, as that is the only half legal border they can claim.

    • Agreed. For years I have admired her grit and determination. In sharp contrast to the irrational zionists in the usurping zionist entity.

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