- Ahead of the General Assembly's likely granting Palestine
statehood recognition and full de jure UN membership in September or early
October, Israel is preparing its army and arming settlers for disruptive
- Law Professor and former PLO legal counsel Francis Boyle
explains that a simple two-thirds majority of states present and voting
are needed. Abstentions and no-shows don't count. "Palestine has those
votes for admission," he says! "The Israelis and the Americans
- Aside from Washington's illegal planned veto, if a Security
Council resolution is introduced, Netanyahu apparently abandoned plan A,
replacing it with a disruptive plan B.
- On August 30, Haaretz writer Chaim Levinson headlined,
"IDF training Israeli settlers ahead of 'mass disorder' expected in
- Settlement-by-settlement "red line(s)" were
determined for "when soldiers will be ordered to shoot at the feet
of Palestinian protesters if the line is crossed."
- Arming settlers with tear gas, stun grenades, and perhaps
other weapons is also planned, allegedly "as part of the defense operation."
- Called Operation Summer Seeds, its "purpose is to
ready the army (and settlers) for September and the possibility of confrontations
with Palestinians following the expected" General Assembly granting
them statehood and full de jure membership.
- A document leaked to Haaretz stated a "working assumption"
that "a public uprising" will follow Palestinian independence
"which will mainly include mass disorder."
- In fact, celebratory demonstrations are likely, not disturbances
unless Israel and settlers incite them. Apparently, that's what's planned,
again blaming victims of Israeli violence to maintain hardline occupation.
- This time, however, it will be against a sovereign internationally
recognized independent state, able to file a formal State to State complaint
against Israeli officials.
- In addition, as Boyle explains, it "can ratify the
Genocide Convention and sue Israel for Genocide at the World Court, pursuant
to" previous advice he gave Arafat and Abbas.
- Moreover, it can "get a temporary restraining order"
against Israel, requiring either Security Council enforcement approval,
or if Washington vetoes it, to the General Assembly under the 1950 Uniting
for Peace Resolution overriding it.
- In addition, it can use this procedure to halt settlement
construction once and for all and perhaps regain lost land.
- These prospects frighten Israel and its Washington paymaster/partner.
So they're are pulling out all the stops to prevent Palestinian statehood
or at least disrupt it if achieved to maintain hardline policies, claiming
they're in self-defense.
- The Israeli document contends disorder will include "marches
toward main junctions, Israeli communities, and education centers; efforts
at damaging (Israeli) symbols of government."
- "Also, there may be more extreme cases like shooting
from within the demonstrations or even terrorist incidents. In all these
scenarios, there is readiness to deal with incidents near the fences and
the borders of the State of Israel."
- In fact, Israel is the only nation without fixed borders,
because of its longstanding plan to seize Palestinian land, as well as
more from neighboring states for a Greater Israel. It's indeterminate in
size depending on how much it can steal.
- Israel's army has been holding training sessions near
its Shiloh military installation. It's also trained settlement squads at
its Lachish base, used as a command training center for that purpose.
- In addition, two virtual defense lines for each settlement
were established. If Palestinians cross the first one, they'll face settlers
using tear gas and other disruptive measures.
- If line two is breached, soldiers will use live fire
at their legs.
- In other words, Israel plans disruptions. Rules of engagement
were established to unleash them. A heightened state of readiness exists.
Palestinians will be blamed like always. Injuries and perhaps deaths may
- Instead of recognizing the UN's new member, Israel plans
hostile acts short of war, perhaps planned later as more naked aggression.
- As a result, Peace Now's Hagit Ofran expressed alarm,
- "We hope the army is making clear that nonviolent
protests (and celebratory marches are) legitimate, and no settlers (or
IDF personnel) should use any violence against unarmed demonstrators."
- Rabbis for Human Rights' Arik Ascherman raised "serious
questions and problems" with regard to settlers acting illegally,
- "We're very concerned that (Israeli forces) will
not reduce conflict but increase it."
- In fact, more at issue is instigating it as Israel commonly
does, blaming its violence on Palestinian to shift responsibility.
- Notably in early August, Israeli Foreign Minister/Deputy
Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman outrageously claimed Palestinians are
preparing for "bloodshed the likes of which we've never seen before,"
so when Israel sheds it they can be blamed.
- Palestinian spokesman Ghassan Khatib accurately said
Israel's "trying to fuel a fake picture of what will happen in September.
These Israeli predictions of violence aren't true."
- Palestinian Statehood and De Jure UN Membership Issues
- A previous article explained Francis Boyle's work as
PLO legal advisor to assure all Palestinians worldwide automatically become
citizens of the State of Palestine if granted by the upcoming General Assembly
vote. Access it through the following link:
- On August 30, Ma'an News published his assessment and
International and Comparative Law Professor John Quigley's concurring,
- The Palestinians' "initiative" to be introduced
in the General Assembly "is no threat" to their rights, and "will
only improve their standing. This is because as a matter of international
law, states must ensure that human rights are not being violated."
- As a sovereign state, Palestine will be "interacting"
with others, "and this is a much stronger position. It can pursue
remedies at the diplomatic level in its capacity as a state. It will do
favors for other states. It can demand (them) in return. It can also pursue
prosecutions of Israeli officials for war crimes," including illegal
settlements, applying greater pressure available to sovereign states.
- Moreover, "(r)ather than posing a threat to the
refugees, (they'll), in fact, be in a much stronger position. Legally,
while people might leave states, if the refugees are nationals then the
state cannot refuse to allow them to return."
- In 1988, the General Assembly accepted the PLO "as
the sole representative of the Palestinian people." It's precisely
what it's likely to do "in September if asked to accept Palestine
as a state."
- A Final Comment
- The Virtual Jerusalem web site headlined, "Let Your
Voice Be Heard," stating:
- "Say No to Palestinian Statehood." Access its
site through the following link:
- The pro-Israeli group accuses the PA of including "terrorist(s)....whose
stated mission is 'the elimination of Israel," no matter that saying
so is a bald-faced lie.
- Nonetheless, it accused Hamas of hundreds of terrorists
attacks, calling self-defense against Israeli violence "terrorism,"
what scoundrels always say.
- It falsely said the PA lacks "vital aspects of modern
statehood, such as freedom, respect for human rights, and a functioning
democracy. Palestinian statehood," it adds, "will make peace
negotiations with Israel impossible."
- In fact, they've been stillborn for decades because Israel
and Washington promote violence, not peace, a notion they find intolerable.
- Virtual Jerusalem doesn't even lie well, adding that
Palestinian statehood "will be gravely detrimental to Israel's security
and the safety of the Israeli people."
- "Stand with Israel and make your voice heard,"
it says. Tell Obama to support Israel against Palestine. Of course, he,
like past presidents since Lyndon Johnson, have done it throughout their
- It's time more responsible world leaders recognized rule
of law responsibilities by voting to grant Palestinian statehood and full
de jure UN membership.
- Why? Because it's the right thing to do!
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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