- For nearly a century, ADL falsely called itself "the
nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency (fighting) anti-Semitism
and all forms of bigotry...."
- In fact, all along it fronted for Jewish supremacy. After
Israel's 1948 creation, it backed Israeli rights over Arabs, including
by occupation and belligerently enforced apartheid.
- One of the 52 Conference of Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO), ADL disseminates pro-Israeli propaganda.
- It also conducts smear campaigns against its critics,
under the guise of fighting anti-semitism and supporting human rights equitably.
Overall, its long history is shamelessly loathsome.
- Earlier it did political spying for the House Un-American
Activities Committee (HUAC). Later it did it against the National Lawyers
Guild, ACLU, NAACP, the Rainbow Coalition, Greenpeace, the Nation of Islam,
the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Bay Area anti-Apartheid
Network, Asian Law Caucus, CISPES, and 20 Bay area labor unions.
- Currently it's assailing Palestinian UN membership. Its
web site calls "Palestinian unilateralism an obstacle to peace."
- It called Abbas' UN address "strident." It
said "his calls for peace rang hollow amidst the extreme accusations
against Israel, including charges of colonialism (and) ethnic cleansing."
- In other words, asking UN member states to grant Palestinians
long denied rights is "strident." Wanting peace is "hollow"
rhetoric, and rightfully charging Israel of colonialism and ethnic cleaning
amounts to "extreme accusations."
- In contrast, he praised Netanyahu for "focus(ing)
on Israel's desire for peace (and) called on the Palestinians to come back
- In fact, like earlier Israeli leaders, Netanyahu deplores
peace. They didn't negotiate. Neither does he. Israel demands, take it
- ADL offered its sanitized version of "(f)acts on
the Palestinian campaign to unilaterally declare statehood," saying:
- 1. Israel supports "an independent Palestinian state
created through bilateral negotiations."
- In fact, Israel, at best supports a cantonized Palestine
after all valued land Israel wants is stolen. Moreover, Palestinians got
statehood in 1988. At issue now is full UN membership. A simple two-thirds
majority is needed. Israel has one vote, not veto power or right to dictate
- 2. Palestinians going it alone violates Israeli/Palestian
agreements, "and effectively marks the end of the peace process."
- False. As explained, Palestine IS a state. Now it wants
full status rights like the other 193. Peace is an entirely separate issue.
Palestinians have wanted it for decades. Israel categorically refuses.
- 3. UN membership "will contravene 'land-for-peace.'
- In 1948, Israel stole 78% of historic Palestine, then
the rest in 1967. Palestinians want 22% back free from occupation. An overwhelming
number of states support them. Israel and Washington remain obstacles to
peace and reconciliation throughout the region.
- 4. Core issues will remain unresolved, "including
borders, refugees and Jerusalem."
- Borders must be negotiated. Israel is the only nation
without fixed ones. Diaspora Palestinians automatically will be able to
return to free Palestine. Jerusalem is an international city under UN trusteeship.
Agreement must be reached for Israel and Palestine to share it as their
capital. It's not Israel's alone, nor should it ever be.
- 5. Palestinians acting unilaterally won't assure "a
viable and sovereign state."
- False. However, it's no protection from Israeli attacks
or assurance its occupation will end easily or quickly.
- ADL added that Israel expressed "willingness to
make concessions for peace." In fact, Israel concedes nothing and
- ADL calls Palestinians acting unilaterally "a provocative
and hostile action." In other words, after 63 years of futility, pursuing
long denied rights is confrontational.
- As a result, "Israel has no choice but to oppose
UDI by the Palestinians." In fact, except for its General Assembly
vote, Israel has no more say than other GA members.
- All have equal voting rights unlike the Security Council
where one nation can subvert the will of all others. Washington takes full
advantage, especially on issues affecting Israel.
- ADL urged the international community to reject Palestinian
wishes. It also encouraged PA officials to repudiate reconciling with Hamas
and deal only with Israel. ADL, in fact, encourages failure to keep Palestinians
permanently occupied with no rights.
- ADL Message to Abbas
- In an open letter to Abbas, ADL director Abraham Foxman
railed against PA officials demonizing Israel, saying:
- "You say you will not come to negotiate until Mr.
Netanyahu says in advance that Israel will concede all the territories
and stop all settlements."
- In fact, Abbas and other PA officials made one demand
- stop settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land. Otherwise no
talks. Netanyahu flatly refuses.
- "Trust is a two-way street. Let's stop this demonizing.
Let's move forward. If you sit down to talk, you may learn that you have
far greater reason to trust (Netanyahu) than you thought."
- Since the 1970s, "trusting" Israeli leaders
got Palestinians nothing except to enforce their own occupation. Netanyahu
is Israel's worst ever prime minister. He never gave an inch and won't
- Yet Foxman urged Abbas to "come(e) back to the table,
by negotiating in food faith and by reaching an agreement that finally
ends the conflict and provides for a Palestinian state and a Jewish state
living side-by-side in peace and security."
- Palestinians never wanted less. Israel adamantly refuses.
Dealing with racist warmonger Netanyahu assures failure and betrayal. Palestinians
aren't trying to isolate and delegitimize Israel.
- Under leaders like Netanyahu and extremist Knesset members,
Israel is doing it to itself. It's moved so far out of the mainstream,
in fact, it may end up self-destructing.
- Why else would growing numbers of fed up Israelis be
voting with their feet and leaving. Foxman didn't comment nor about Israel's
hardline intransigence, refusing ever to negotiate in good faith.
- A Final Comment
- On October 4, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe (PACE) granted "Partner for Democracy" status to the
Palestine National Council (PNC), the PLO's legislative body.
- It's only the second time such status was awarded. PNC
Speaker Salim Al-Za'noon called the decision "historic," saying
it could contribute to regional peace.
- On October 5, UNESCO's executive committee agreed to
vote on admitting Palestine as a member. UNESCO's end of October general
conference will consider it. France called the move "premature."
- Hillary Clinton arrogantly wants UNESCO to reconsider
- "I would urge the governing body of UNESCO to think
again before proceeding with that vote because the decision about status
must be made in the United Nations and not in auxiliary groups...."
- Israel also opposes it. According to Haaretz, a Foreign
Ministry response called it "rejection of the path of negotiations,
as well as of the Quartet plan to continue with the political process....A
decision like this will not advance the Palestinians in their aspirations
- As explained above, Palestinians got statehood in 1988.
Now they want full UN membership. Washington and Israel are going all out
to subvert it.
- In the end, they'll likely succeed unless Abbas petitions
the General Assembly under the 1950 Uniting for Peace Resolution, giving
the GA power to override Security Council rejection.
- It's up to him and other PA officials - either go for
what's easily achievable in days, or bow to Washington and Israeli interests.
Smart money says the latter.
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