- Some roads prove too rocky to traverse, especially when
opposition against the real thing comes from alleged supportive allies.
- The worst of all enemies often are traitors to a just
cause. That in a word sums up Palestine's dilemma as loyalists count down
to September's General Assembly meeting next week.
- The 11th hour. The moment of truth, looking more like
disappointment, shame and betrayal.
- In other words, again Palestinians face what they've
endured for decades, despite millions of global supporters, including most
or perhaps the entire Arab street.
- What do Palestinians want and deserve? In a word: justice.
- They want sovereign statehood - no ifs, ands, buts or
maybe next time.
- They want it comprised of Gaza, the West Bank and East
Jerusalem - 22% of historic Palestine, not parts only in isolated pieces.
- They want control over their shoreline and air space.
- They want fixed borders and unfragmented territorial
integrity, not isolated cantons on worthless scrub land constituting no
state at all.
- They want Israel's illegal occupation ended.
- They want unauthorized incursions on their land called
- They want international law provisions enforced, including
UN Charter Chapter VII, Article 51, saying nations may attack another only
in self-defense. Even then, it's only until the Security Council acts as
the final arbiter on matters of international peace and security.
- They want freedom over their own lives.
- They want decades of Israeli state terror ended.
- They want no more of their land stolen.
- They want access to every international convention and
institution able to help them.
- They want diaspora refugees freely able to return as
codified in international law.
- On December 11, 1948, UN Resolution 194 "(r)esolve(d)
that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live in peace with
their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable
date, and that compensation (paid by responsible governments or authorities)
should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return...."
- Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- "Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and
residence within the borders of each state.
- Everyone has the right to leave any country, including
his (or her) own, and to return to his (or her) country."
- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- "No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right
to enter his (or her) own country."
- In short, they want and deserve the same rights as all
citizens. Sadly, too few have them, but no one anywhere should quit struggling
for what's right, especially those long-suffering and denied.
- Victories Take Sustained Commitment
- Great victories aren't won by the timid. Only those committed
to stay the course may succeed. They're also the most deserving because
they put their bodies where their hopes and dreams lie.
- They're willing to stake it all for a just cause. They're
willing to settle for only what new generations may enjoy. That's commitment.
- Palestinians have it, but not their collaborationist
officials, planning to sell them out in New York, despite duplicitous rhetoric
to the contrary.
- On September 15, reiterating his "no retreat"
vow on full UN membership, Abbas said:
- "Going to the United Nations to request full membership
for Palestine in the international organization is an inevitable thing
and there is no retreat from it."
- "Despite the pressures exercised on us, Palestine
will go to" New York on September 23 "to request full membership."
- Heavy US/EU/Israeli pressure haven't stopped demanding
he give it up. Washington, in fact, vowed not to stop trying. According
to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland:
- "We want to leave no stone unturned in our effort
to get these parties back to the table," where Israel holds all the
aces. Palestinians have none, the way it's always been.
- Nonetheless, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (notoriously
pro-Israeli like Obama and his handpicked envoys) said:
- "The only way of getting a lasting solution is through
direct negotiations between the two parties, and the route to that lies
in Jerusalem and Ramallah, not in New York."
- Earlier she called destroying Libya and NATO's genocidal
- She backs the worst of Israeli crimes of war and against
humanity. She deplores the idea of Palestinians having any say over their
own affairs. She feels the same way about Americans, as does Obama.
- He called Palestinians petitioning the UN a "distraction,"
- "What happens in New York can occupy a lot of press
attention but is not going to change, actually, what is happening on the
ground until the Israelis and Palestinians sit down."
- He's saying Washington and Israel will deny independent
Palestine a moment of peace and security, threatening its right to exist.
- Israel calls Palestinian statehood an attempt to isolate
it and undermine its legitimacy. It'll say or do anything to get its way.
So will America and its deceitful EU partners. They're enemies of independence
and freedom as is Israel.
- Its extremist ultranationalist Foreign Minister, Avigdor
Lieberman, raged about the prospect, warning "harsh and grave consequences"
will follow any attempt by Palestine to petition the UN for what's right.
- Stopping short of revealing specifics, he said:
- "The moment has not yet come to give details of
what will happen. What I can say with the greatest confidence is that from
the moment they pass a unilateral decision there will be harsh and grave
- "I hope that we shall not come to (that point),
and that common sense will prevail in all decisions taken in order to allow
co-existence and progress with negotiation."
- Spoken like true despot, he also accused Palestinians
of planning an "unprecedented bloodbath" after the UN acts.
- With racist hatemongers like Lieberman and Netanyahu
in high places, anything ahead is possible. Both symbolize the worst of
Israeli state terror, directed against Arabs for not being Jewish.
- On September 15, Haaretz writer Gideon Levy headlined,
"Israel does not want a Palestinian state. Period," saying:
- It has no "single persuasive argument against"
one. Neither does Washington or pro-Israeli EU partners.
- "Next week will be Israel's moment of truth, or
more precisely the moment in which its deception will be revealed."
- Its position is wholly without merit. In fact, its entirely
self-serving and underhanded, forgetting that the UN, in part, established
Israel and other new nations since 1945.
- Moreover, it's the only way to create Palestinian statehood,
what neither Israel or Palestine can do on their own. Nor Washington.
- Notably, Oslo promised final status talks in five years.
It didn't happen and won't in 50 or 500 if left up to Israel.
- Every Israeli excuse turned up empty, leaving disturbing
naked truths exposed. They're plain as day now to see.
- As a result, Palestinians have "three options, not
four: to surrender unconditionally (and stay occupied); to launch a third
intifada; or to mobilize the world on their behalf."
- They chose the third and got most of it. Israel has no
leg to stand on, yet persists against what world public opinion calls the
right thing at the right time.
- "Yesterday, a coalition of Israeli peace organizations
published a list of 50 reasons for Israel to support a Palestinian state."
- In sum, they come down to backing what's lawful, principled,
high-minded, righteous and timely.
- On September 14, New York Times writer Isabel Kershner
headlined, "Palestinians Say a UN Gamble on Statehood Is Worth the
- "Going to the United Nations remains a high-stakes
gambit for Mr. Abbas," adding that it's "far from clear what
will happen when the Palestinians go to the United Nations next week to
seek recognition of statehood."
- Fact check
- What's very clear is that status quo occupation is intolerable
- That independence beside a rogue aggressor is better
than living under its rules.
- Moreover, anything improving their current lot advances
true liberation for millions deserving it, even if getting it means waiting
years or even decades longer.
- Try finding any Times writer or op-ed contributor saying
- Notably, its Jerusalem bureau chief, Ethan Bronner, stands
out. On September 14, Max Blumenthal's Columbia Journalism Review article
headlined, "Conflict in Israel? saying:
- In charge since March 2008, Bronner "joined the
speakers bureau of one of Israel's top public relations firms, Lone Star
Communications," an organization with a pro-Israeli agenda.
- It "arranges speaking dates for Bronner and takes
10 to 15 percent of his fee. At the same time, (it) pitches (him) stories."
- His Times bosses see no conflict of interest. Why should
they with their pro-Israeli agenda and refusal to hire on staff with views
different from their own. Bronner fits the bill.
- Combining journalism with "paid engagements from
a firm that also pitches him stories" he reports is big time conflict
of interest, especially one with a "clear ideological bent."
- "Bronner faced an earlier controversy when his young
son decided to serve in the Israeli military....(F)ormer Times editor Bill
Keller strongly backed (him) and he weathered it."
- At first, however, he and Times editors declined comment.
Foreign Editor Susan Chira said only that:
- "Mr. Bronner's son is a young adult who makes his
own decisions. At The Times, we have found Mr. Bronner's coverage to be
scrupulously fair and we are confident that will continue to be the case."
- Others disagree based on studies showing a history of
Times misreporting on Israel/Palestine, besides on so much else. In fact,
bias and distorted coverage defines how its correspondents and opinion
writers do their job.
- Calling it "scrupulously fair" is laughable
on its face. It's also insulting to those affected.
- A Final Comment
- On September 23, Abbas will formally petition the UN
for whatever he intends to propose. He'll address the General Assembly
the same day.
- So will Netanyahu after earlier saying Shimon Peres would
represent him. Advisors warned him against it, saying not being there would
show weakness and support what Palestinians want.
- He claims he decided to go "to tell the truth before
anyone who would like to hear it." In fact, he and truth are total
strangers. He couldn't look it in the eye and see it.
- Neither can Obama, those around him, and most in Congress,
warning harsh measures if Palestinians pursue their rights.
- "Make no mistake," said House Appropriations
Committee member Steve Rothman (D. NJ), "I have no doubt that Congress
will act swiftly and with an overwhelming majority to impose penalties...."
- Besides cutting off funding, he may even have declaring
war in mind. Why not with a legislative body packed with rogues. They're
bipartisan criminals, backing imperial rampaging and wrecking America for
their deep-pocketed funders.
- They also support whatever Israel wants, including the
right to reign terror on Palestine.
- "The PA has little to gain and much to lose,"
added Rothman. Most Americans, in fact, gained nothing and lost everything
under Republican and Democrat scoundrels, sacrificing them for their own
- Homeland justice depends on committed grassroots activism.
It's true as well for Palestinians.
- On September 23, Abbas plans to sell them out like so
many previous times. Rothman and his bunch needn't worry.
- Americans are on their own. So are Palestinians.
- The struggle for liberating justice here and there continues.
- With enough sustained commitment, maybe one day it'll
- For Palestinians, however, not on September 23. Abbas
didn't book it passage on his New York flight.
- Hopefully, he won't be warmly greeted when he returns.
- Many there hope he's gone and won't come back.
- That would be a big step forward, especially if his number
two, Salam Fayyad, leaves with him.
- Great victories come a baby step at a time.
- Hopefully some are coming, but only people power ones
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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