Stuart Littlewood worked on jet fighters in the RAF then pursued a career in industrial marketing.

More recently he worked as a freelance and with innovation consultancies. Psychology degree Exeter University, Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Served as a Cambridgeshire county councillor 1993-7 and on the Police Authority. Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Since retiring has been a newspaper columnist and produced two photo-documentary books. He is a regular contributor to a number of internet news magazines.

Stuart’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, tells the plight of the Palestinians under brutal occupation. It can now be read on the internet by visiting RadioFreePalestine.org.uk.


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UN supports sovereignty for Palestine and slams Israel

Resolution severely criticises the 'Occupying Power'

United Nationsby Stuart Littlewood

 

Can this be true?

Something important and, freedom lovers may think, rather wonderful seems to have happened at the United Nations, and it went largely unreported in mainstream media. The UN General Assembly approved a draft resolution ‘Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources’ (document A/70/480).

It was adopted by 164 to 5 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, United States), with 10 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga, Vanuatu).

What’s so wonderful? The draft resolution pulls no punches and must have thoroughly annoyed the insatiable state of Israel, which has evil designs on the natural resources – oil, gas and water – belonging to its neighbours. The resolution is long but nicely crafted, and is reproduced here pretty much in its entirety as an aide-memoire of Israel’s long history of contemptuous disregard for its obligations.

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 69/241 of 19 December 2014, and taking note of Economic and Social Council resolution 2015/17 of 20 July 2015,

Recalling also its resolutions 58/292 of 6 May 2004 and 59/251 of 22 December 2004,

Reaffirming the principle of the permanent sovereignty of peoples under foreign occupation over their natural resources,

Guided by the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, affirming the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, and recalling relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967, 465 (1980) of 1 March 1980 and 497 (1981) of 17 December 1981,

Recalling its resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970,

Reaffirming the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967,

Recalling, in this regard, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and affirming that these human rights instruments must be respected in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as well as in the occupied Syrian Golan,

Recalling also the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and recalling further its resolutions ES-10/15 of 20 July 2004 and ES-10/17 of 15 December 2006,

Recalling further its resolution 67/19 of 29 November 2012,

Taking note of the accession by Palestine to several human rights treaties and the core humanitarian law treaties, as well as to other international treaties,

Expressing its concern about the exploitation by Israel, the occupying Power, of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967,

Expressing its grave concern about the extensive destruction by Israel, the occupying Power, of agricultural land and orchards in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the uprooting of a vast number of fruit-bearing trees and the destruction of farms and greenhouses, and the grave environmental and economic impact in this regard,

Expressing its grave concern also about the widespread destruction caused by Israel, the occupying Power, to vital infrastructure, including water pipelines, sewage networks and electricity networks, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in particular in the Gaza Strip during the military operations of July and August 2014, which, inter alia, has polluted the environment and negatively affect the functioning of water and sanitation systems and the water supply and other natural resources of the Palestinian people, and stressing the urgency of the reconstruction and development of water and other vital civilian infrastructure, including the project for the desalination facility for the Gaza Strip,

Expressing its grave concern further about the negative impact on the environment and on reconstruction and development efforts of the thousands of items of unexploded ordnance that remain in the Gaza Strip as a result of the conflict in July and August 2014,

Recalling the 2009 report by the United Nations Environment Programme regarding the grave environmental situation in the Gaza Strip, and the 2012 report, “Gaza in 2020: A liveable place?”, by the United Nations country team in the Occupied alestinian Territory, and stressing the need for follow-up to the recommendations contained therein,

Deploring the detrimental impact of the Israeli settlements on Palestinian and other Arab natural resources, especially as a result of the confiscation of land and the forced diversion of water resources, including the destruction of orchards and crops and the seizure of water well by Israeli settlers, and of the dire socioeconomic consequences in this regard,

Recalling the report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,

Aware of the detrimental impact on Palestinian natural resources being caused by the unlawful construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and of its grave effect as well on the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people,

Stressing the urgency of achieving without delay an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement on all tracks, on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973, 425 (1978) of 19 March 1978 and 1397 (2002) of 12 March 2002, the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet performance-based road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as endorsed by the Security Council in its resolution 1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003 and supported by the Council in its resolution 1850 (2008) of 16 December 2008,

Stressing also, in this regard, the need for respect for the obligation upon Israel under the road map to freeze settlement activity, including so-called “natural growth”, and to dismantle all settlement outposts erected since March 2001,

Stressing further the need for respect and preservation of the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,

Recalling the need to end all acts of violence, including acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction,

Taking note of the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan, as transmitted by the Secretary-General,

  1. Reaffirms the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and of the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land, water and energy resources;
  2. Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan;
  3. Recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to claim restitution as a result of any exploitation, damage, loss or depletion or endangerment of their natural resources resulting from illegal measures taken by Israel, the occupying Power, and Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and expresses the hope that this issue will be dealt with within the framework of the final status negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides;
  4. Stresses that the wall and settlements being constructed by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, are contrary to international law and are seriously depriving the Palestinian people of their natural resources, and calls in this regard for full compliance with the legal obligations affirmed in the 9 July 2004 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice and in relevant United Nations resolutions, including General Assembly resolution ES-10/15;
  5. Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply strictly with its obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, and to cease immediately and completely all policies and measures aimed at the alteration of the character and status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;
  6. Also calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to bring a halt to all actions, including those perpetrated by Israeli settlers, harming the environment, including the dumping of all kinds of waste materials, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, which gravely threaten their natural resources, namely water and land resources, and which pose an environmental, sanitation and health threat to the civilian populations;
  7. Further calls upon Israel to cease its destruction of vital infrastructure, including water pipelines, sewage networks and electricity networks, which, inter alia, has a negative impact on the natural resources of the Palestinian people, stresses the urgent need to advance reconstruction and development projects in this regard, including in the Gaza Strip, and calls for support for the necessary efforts in this regard, in line with the commitments made at, inter alia, the Cairo International Conference on Palestine: Reconstructing Gaza, held on 12 October 2014;
  8. Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to remove all obstacles to the implementation of critical environmental projects, including sewage treatment plants in the Gaza Strip and the reconstruction and development of water infrastructure, including the project for the desalination facility for the Gaza Strip;
  9. Calls for the immediate and safe removal of all unexploded ordnance in the Gaza Strip and for support for the efforts of the United Nations Mine Action Service in this regard, and welcomes the efforts exerted by the Service to date;
  10. Encourages all States and international organizations to continue to actively pursue policies to ensure respect for their obligations under international law with regard to all illegal Israeli practices and measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly Israeli settlement activities and the exploitation of natural resources;
  11. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its seventy-first session on the implementation of the present resolution, including with regard to the cumulative impact of the exploitation, damage and depletion by Israel of natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, and decides to include in the provisional agenda of its seventy-first session the item entitled “Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources”.

This is strong stuff. But given the UN’s record will the action ever suit the words?

Astonishingly, the Israel-adoring UK government voted for it. Let us make a mental note of those 5 countries – Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, United States – which claim to be freedom loving but are evidently bent on denying the poor Palestinians theirs. And the birdbrained 10 – Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga, Vanuatu – which are so lackadaisically uncommitted to the principle of universal human rights that they sat on the fence. Maybe international civil society would like to prod them with a sharp BDS stick to concentrate their minds.

At least one country, happily, is taking a tough line – Brazil, which, says the BBC, has yet to approve the appointment four months ago of Israel’s new ambassador. Not only is the new man, Dani Dayan, a former chairman of the Yesha Council which promotes illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian lands, but Israeli prime minister Netanyahu broke the news of the appointment on Twitter before telling Brazil, according to reports.

As even Netanyahu must know, the transfer by an occupier of part of its own population into territory it occupies is considered a war crime, so why should Brazil play host to a foreigner with such a vile record? Israel is threatening to downgrade relations to “secondary level” if Brazil does not give approval to the appointment. And Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely says that Dayan would not be replaced if his appointment isn’t accepted.

Since Brazil is Israel’s largest trading partner in South America you’d think the Israelis would watch their manners. The Brazilians, hopefully, won’t allow themselves to pushed around by Tel Aviv’s insufferable thugs.

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11 Responses to "UN supports sovereignty for Palestine and slams Israel"

  1. drbhelthi  January 1, 2016 at 3:19 am

    The underlying need that motivated the 11 resolutions by the UN is adequate to support the fantasy wish of Islamic nations that the illegal, 1948 land-grant – fraudulently named “Israel” – be rescinded. When we review the former, “israel first” oath that Cynthia McKinney revealed, and the billions of $$ in cash and weaponry that the misguided in the Pentagon and the USCongress “bequeth” to “Israel,” annually, and “Israel´s” use of the USMilitary as proxy to carry our the “7 countries in 5 years” plan, the US leadership is NOT Israel´s “dog.” Rather, the U.S. leadership is Israel´s swine. A swine with less intelligence than the average swine.

  2. Worker Bee  December 31, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    “This is strong stuff.”

    No, it is not since it accepts as legitimate the Zionist ethnic cleansing of 1948, which violated the immoral UN partition plan as well as other legal and moral norms.

    A generous plan would be to let the Zionists stay as a part of single democratic state, instead of putting them in hell-hole camps similar to Gaza and what expelled Palestinians have been living in since 1948, or driving them into the sea at gun/bayonet point – remember that the massive bombardments of Gaza have had over a 95% approval rate among Israelis, so there are few innocents among them.

  3. DGSE  December 31, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I wish I could think of this as a positive, alas I have been around too long.
    The UN= Blah, blah, blah, blah. BS, BS, BS.
    Since its unholy creation, the satanic UN has done NOTHING but cover the ass of the insane psychopaths, who control this paradigm, and their actions of slaughtering Humans on a worldwide industrial scale.
    How many ‘resolutions’ has the UN already had against ‘is-ra-hell’ over the decades. And yet that little Rothschild thiefdom continues to slaughter and terrorize Humans enmasse.
    is-ra-hell will continue in its hellish ways until the day its owners decide to “pull the pin”.
    And that will be in way of a “false flag attack”.
    When I see BANKERS dying enmasse, I will begin to think, something is changing for the betterment of Mankind.

  4. drbhelthi  December 31, 2015 at 11:33 am

    No only has the genocide of Palestinians by Israeli-Judaism never stopped, it has been expanded to Israeli-Judaism´s proxy, ISIL. The MOSSAD, with CIA duplicity, united straggling groups of Blackwater-type mercenaries into ISIL, Spring 2014. In other articles, veteranstoday verifies that two field-grade, Israeli army officers have been captured among ISIL soldiers, and over a hundred Israeli army soldiers have been discovered among the ISIL dead.
    The world-wide immorality of united Judaism is clarified by former MOSSAD agent Viktor Ostrovsky in his semi autobiography, “Der MOSSAD.“ “We learned more about Tzafririm and the network, which was built by Jews all over the world as a shield. I simply could not accept the concept of setting up “vigilantes” world-wide.” (pps 178-180)

  5. Amelius  December 31, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I will be writing a letter to my government to ask why they feel that international law does not apply to Israel. I will not forget to mention how utterly ashamed I am of them for standing with the worst human rights violators on the planet. I have a list of Israeli UNSC violations and condemnations dating back to 1948 that I will attach to the letter for added reference. Since democracy is dead in the west and the governments are more concerned about the well being of apartheid Israel than they are about the country that voted for them, I don’t expect a response, but at least it will send a message that somebody is paying attention and will not stand for this unjustifiable behavior.

  6. Monty!  December 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Aye, Aye!!!

  7. Monty!  December 30, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    With UK and the entire EU voting for the above motion along with, surprisingly India, it seems the Palestinians are being given a sense of belonging to the World Family. That’s All.

    UN is full of resolutions, including Security Council resolutions, for the Occupying Power to vacate all lands illegally occupied but israel is the only entity free to show a finger to the world and get away with impunity.

    Nothing tangible is expected at this stage, nor at any forseeable stage for any massive shift on the ground for the oppressed Palestinians who’s sufferings have been entire ignored by the ‘pseudo Jewish’ Saudis and their ‘coalition of the willing’.

    Hence, the source of this zionist cancer in the ME should be cut-off entirely for peace to return to Occupied Palestine.

  8. LC  December 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you Mr. Littlewood:::

    Some Palestine traitors have probably already cashed millions of bribes to ignore this resolution just as they’ve done with all other good ones (as reported by Professor Norman Finkelstein in lectures)!!!

    Anyhow here is the actual document.
    You can copy paste its below long link or alternatively click on the live link (if it is posted here.)

    unispal.un.org/DPA/DPR/unispal.nsf/22f431edb91c6f548525678a0051be1d/01147d221c675b6f85257ef2005b769e?OpenDocument

    Title:
    South Africa: * draft resolution

    Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources

  9. Howie  December 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    This one will get the genocidal perverts hopping mad.

    Just like the E.U labeling of “settler goods”.

    And the forthcoming ascention of The State of Palestine to the International Court of Justice…

    They can’t hide under Mommie’s apron forever, those strings will need to be cut sooner or later.

  10. ayelyahbenjamin  December 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    the General Assembly, the majority of the world have now legally adopted….. as for the nations that voted against (or abstained) as israeli “outposts” it is understandable with the zionist gun held to their heads…. to stand in the way and block the enforcement and protection of the newly adopted is another thing…. this is the dividing line and nations do well who heed the warning

  11. wjabbe  December 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Is not the US an accessory to all these crimes by Israel against its neighbors since it provides much of the money and weapons for them to engage in this plunder and theft of land belonging to their neighbors? A person driving the getaway car of a bank robber is considered an accessory to the crime of bank robbery under the law.

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