UN Security Council Condemns Further Israeli Squatting on Palestinian Land, with Rogue State US Vetoing

The US acted again as the rogue state at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, with the other 14 members issuing statements condemning Israeli plans for vast further theft of Palestinian land in the West Bank and installing squatters on it, in a step designed to cut the West Bank in two and make forever impossible a two-state solution to the problem of Palestinian statelessness.

The European Bloc, the non-aligned bloc, Russia and China all did an end run around the ruling Likud Party’s enabler, the Obama administration, which made clear it would veto a UNSC condemnation of the illegal Israeli actions. The significance of the veto is that it prevents any sanctions from being applied to Israel, despite the latter’s clear violations of international law.

The US move to once again screw the Palestinians over and protect Israel from any sanctions for its aggressive annexation of other people’s property did not derive from a conviction that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was justified in the installation of thousands of new squatters on Palestinian territory. The US rejects the plan, too. It just makes sure that international law never has any teeth when it comes to Israel.

The bankruptcy of the US position on this matter is obvious if we consider that Washington has vigorously pressed the UNSC for sanctions on Iran, and has imposed its own draconian sanctions and financial blockade, even though it is not proved that Iran is actually in violation of international law. Iranian children are being deprived of medicine by the US vindictiveness and manipulation of the UN, but the Israeli officials all seem to be overweight from eating too well off the profits they make from exploiting the Palestinians’ resources, and Washington runs interference for their criminal activities.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said of Netanyahu’s bank robbery: “If implemented, these plans would represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances of securing a two-state solution. . . We strongly urge the Israeli government to heed the wide international calls to rescind these plans.”

The European Union statement, which you will never, ever see on American television, is here:

The problem of Palestinian statelessness was created by the 1947-1948 Zionist ethnic cleansing campaign against Palestinian villagers, which resulted in 720,000 out of 1.2 million being kicked out of their homes, with the Jewish immigrants moving into them without paying any compensation. The League of Nations had recognized Palestine as a Class A Mandate scheduled for statehood at the Versailles peace conferences, and the British mandatory authorities repeated this pledge in their 1939 White Paper, but instead European Jewish immigrants displaced the locals and made them a homeless nation, a nation without rights of citizenship in a state. Now the far right wing nationalist parties, the Likud and Israel Beitenu, are trying to make sure yet another generation of Palestinians lives and dies without having a passport or a country that could so much as back their claim to own their own homes.

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  1. Time to boycott all Israeli manufactured goods and to divest your stock portfolio and that of your educational institution and/or work retirement fund of Israeli-related companies. The Security Council members have cast their votes; you need to cast yours.

  2. This is a quote from Jimmy Carter’s book, ‘The Blood of Abraham”. I think it well to remember it and keep in in mind:

    “As president, I considered this major invasion to be an over reaction to the PLO attack, a serious threat to peace in the region, and perhaps part of a design to establish a permanent Israeli presence in southern Lebanon. Also, such use of American weapons including cluster bombs violated the legal agreement between the United States and Israel, which specified that such armaments sold by us could be used only for defensive purposes against an attack on Israel.
    “In spite of my expressions of concern and worldwide outcry, Begin seemed determined to keep his forces in Lebanon for an extended period and – in another direct violation of American law — to transfer American weapons, including artillery and armored vehicles, to the Lebanese militia commanded by Major Saad Haddad. These troops had been trained and supported by the Israelis, in order to seal off the southern portion of the country against Palestinian terrorists. In carrying out this assignment, they also prevented Lebanese regular troops and UN peacekeeping forces from entering the area.
    “After consulting with Secretary Cyrus Vance and with key supporters of Israel in congress, I decided that we could not permit the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon to continue. In the event that Begin would not accede to our wishes, we prepared to notify Congress, as required by law, that US weapons were being used illegally in Lebanon, which would have automatically cut off all military aid to Israel. Also, I instructed the state department to prepare a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s action.
    “The American consul general in Jerusalem was instructed to deliver a message to Prime Minister Begin that explained these plans and urged that he withdraw his forces. The report came back from Jerusalem that Begin read the message, stood quietly for a few moments, and then said, “Its over.” “

    • Begin was the leader of the Stern gang that blew up a Jerusalem hotel and killed scores, one of the worst terrorist attacks in history up to that time. Plus Sharon was at least partially responsible for the massacres in the refugee camps of Chitala and Sabra. Many top Israeli leaders have had a lot of innocent blood on their hands.

      • “Begin was the leader of the Stern gang that blew up a Jerusalem hotel and killed scores, one of the worst terrorist attacks in history up to that time.”

        Just a correction for the record. Menachim Begin was the leader of the Irgun Zvai Leumi, not the Sterngang. It was the Irgun Zvai Leumi, under Begin, that blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing dozens of civilians along with some British officers. The Irgun also was responsible for the Deir Yassin Massacre of Arab men, women, and children.

        Yitzhak Shamir, also a former prime minister of Israel, was a leader of the Sterngang, which was responsible for the assassination in September 1948 of Count Folke Bernadotte, the UN representative.

  3. Astonishingly inaccurate essay, particularly the last paragraph:

    “The problem of Palestinian statelessness was created by the 1947-1948 Zionist ethnic cleansing campaign against Palestinian villagers, which resulted in 720,000 out of 1.2 million being kicked out of their homes, with the Jewish immigrants moving into them without paying any compensation.”

    There was ethnic cleansing on by both sides, with a single massacre by each. And the number of acts of deliberate ethnic cleansing is insufficient to account for the degree to which Palestinian Arabs left. It should be noted that had the Arab ethnic cleansing succeeded, there would likely have been another holocaust.

    “The League of Nations had recognized Palestine as a Class A Mandate scheduled for statehood at the Versailles peace conferences”

    Uh, no, the League of Nations didn’t exist until AFTER the Paris Peace Conference, and the Palestine Mandate, approved several years later, made no mention of statehood. It did, however, mention that a major purpose of the Mandate was to create a Jewish National Home in Palestine, as approved at the Paris Peace Conference.

    “the British mandatory authorities repeated this pledge in their 1939 White Paper”

    The 1939 White Paper reneged on the Mandate’s pledge to create a Jewish National Home, just in time for Hitler to start murdering millions of Jews who had no opportunity to escape.

    “but instead European Jewish immigrants displaced the locals”

    The entire intent of the Mandate was to attract Jewish immigration to Palestine, which had been approved by the Ottomon authorities before World War I.

    “and made them a homeless nation, a nation without rights of citizenship in a state.”

    Every Palestinian who ended up on the Israeli side of the 1949 Armistice Line was granted citizenship in Israel. Arabs have served in every Knesset, even including the first one that was elected in 1949. Jordan also granted citizenship all Palestinians who ended up within the frontiers it controlled. It is Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and other Arab states who have kept Palestinians Arabs as stateless people.

    “Now the far right wing nationalist parties, the Likud and Israel Beitenu,”

    Actually both are to the left of the Democratic Party in the US in terms of their economic and fiscal policies.

    ” are trying to make sure yet another generation of Palestinians lives and dies without having a passport or a country that could so much as back their claim to own their own homes.”

    Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have passports issued by the Palestinian Authority. And both Likud and Yisrael Beitanu support a Palestinian State, as long as it is no threat to Israel. In fact, MOST Israeli political parties support a Palestinian State today. However, Hamas, which won a plurality victory in the 2006 Palestinian election, still rejects any Jewish state and still uses violent terrorism to achieve those goals.

    • I guess I’m not the only one with a stack of 3×5 cards… Too bad I’m not tech-y enough to turn them into text blocks I can pull up and insert on call. Honestly.

    • “There was ethnic cleansing on both sides….”

      What about Plan Dalet – the blueprint for ethnic cleansing of Arab populations – was there a similar comprehensive plan by Palestinians? I have never heard of one. Wasn’t Deir Yassin a neutral village? Did many Arab Christians welcome the Jewish refugees until they were dispossessed of their homes by Plan Dalet?

      “Every Arab who ended up on the Israeli side of the 1949 Armistice Line was granted citizenship in Israel……..”

      Only Israeli citizens who have a family member who is an IDF member or veteran can take part in the full range of social programs the government offers that all Israeli citizens must pay for as taxpayers. This would mean almost all Jews in Israel are so entitled and almost no non-Druze Arabs would be so eligible. There are segregated Arab-only units in the IDF – this was abolished by President Truman in 1948 as to the U.S. Armed Forces.

      The Arabs in the occupied territories have never had voting rights in Israeli elections.

      No Arab had ever held a cabinet minister position in Israel until just a few years ago. One Knesset member, Esterina Tartman, called it an ax blow to the tree trunk of Zionism.

      “Arabs have served in every Knesset……”

      Yes, however Israel’s Election Commission ruled to disqualify the “Arab List” from running in a recent Knesset election – but this was overturned by the Israel Supreme Court.

      “Hamas….uses violent terrorism to achieve its goals.”

      When was the last time a Hamas suicide bomber attacked Israel since the 2005 IDF disengagement from Gaza? Rocket attacks have stopped since Israel has pledged to stop targeted assassinations and extended fishing rights in the Mediterranean. Israel will not engage in direct peace negotiations with Hamas even though many Israeli Jews support this – including former defense minister Amir Peretz.

    • Not a word that is not fed by hasbara pure and simple. Since everything is hunky dory there, why don’t you take a trip and see for yourself?

    • To addition to the other comments, the Palestinians who left their homes were forced militarily or threatened by Iraeli authorities; they did not go of their own accord. This was confirmed by UN observers on the ground and a subsequent UN report. See Ch. VI of TYhe Arab Israeli Dilemma by Khouri,. Robert Fisk’s The Thousand Year War (I think that’s the titl;e since I can’[t find the book right now) among many sources. Read objective history instead of Israeli propaganda some times, you’ll be better off for it.

  4. Why do we continue to talk as if the “Two State Solution” is somehow a solution or a path to peace? It is not and is an easily proved fallacy.

    A little thought experiment will suffice: assume that the Two State Solution worked! The West Bank and Gaza are separate from Israel and do not represent any threat to Israel. Problem solved! Israel is at peace! Right?

    No, of course not, Israel would remain a country that denies equal rights to its religious and ethnic minorities. Israel would remain a brutally repressive country for Moslems while situated in the middle of the Islamic world. The struggle against oppression will continue. It will never gain “acceptance” as the Israelis are always claiming to desire.

    Nor should it be granted acceptance; there is no place in this world for such an ethnically and religiously purified country. All peoples and particularly Jews are safest in a world that accepts ethnic and religious diversity. An un-reformed Israel should be anathema to all.

    • If the two-state solution worked, the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza would be better off. Israel would remain a country that denies rights to minorities, and they would thus be in the company of India, Sri Lanka, Burma, China…
      Why not solve the Middle East’s problems one at a time? Let’s face the reality that the Jewish State is rich and strong and has rich, powerful friends. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
      The “right of return” is another unrealistic fantasy.

        • If you want to change a situation, you need to have a workable plan. Palestinian activists have thus far not kept the Israelis from stealing their land. Going on and on about what is just and ideal does nothing to help the Palestinians.
          If the Jews were in the Palestinians shoes, i’d similarly focus on the worst abuses, and be interested in realistic solutions

  5. This US veto should disabuse anyone with the vain hope that Obama might edge over to being an honest broker on Israel-Palestine issues.

    • Actually, Obama has been pretty stand-offish with Israel. The problem is a Congress that blindly supports Israel’s aggressive actions against Palestine in many ways. If it was just Obama, then Congress could easily cut the approximately $4Billion we give Israel for Defense and another roughly $4Billion for Financial Aid. When Egypt began mouthing off, it was a Congressman that threatened to pull their $1.3Billion we give them to play nice with Israel. But what might open you eyes is this recent bit of news:

      Chuck Hagel, a **Republican** from Nebraska, is considered to be President Barack Obama’s top choice for Pentagon chief. The two men have met privately to discuss the position, though the White House hasn’t revealed the timing of any announcement. In the days since Mr. Hagel’s name surfaced, opponents have said he is unreliable as a friend of Israel, pointing to his past comments and votes.

      Interesting choice huh?

      • Not so fast, John. My eyes are open and I see more than 300 dead Palestinian children after Operation Cast Lead, but I don’t see any tears for them from Obama. My ears are open and I hear Obama defend this Israeli assault. Same for Pillar of Cloud that cost Palestinians dozens of children. Same for the dozens killed by his drones. As for Hagel, check this from Mondoweiss:

        “As the neoconservative campaign against Hagel heated up, the liberal Zionist, self-professed “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group J Street came out with a counter-salvo. Hagel has “been a staunch friend of the State of Israel and a trusted ally in the Senate, speaking out on behalf of America’s commitment to Israel’s security,” the group notes. Similarly, a Think Progress blog post was published with the headline, “Chuck Hagel’s Pro-Israel Record.” The post noted that Hagel has repeatedly called Israel a “close ally” and that he “supported legislation opposing terror groups that reject the two-state solution.” Additionally, Think Progress further noted that “Hagel expressed concern about what Egypt’s revolution would mean for Israel’s security.” The liberal blog is a project of the Obama-connected Center for American Progress.”

        • You’ll always find something that counters any statement. However, I view Obama differently than most. He never tackled the gun issue although the NRA were frothing that he’d take them away..If fact, he signed 2 pro-gun bills. He hasn’t done much of anything for blacks, he seems inclined to modify Social Security and Medicaid…etc etc.. I don’t think he’s focused on Israel. But just because he doesn’t want to take on Congress on the issue of Israel,or the for-mentioned matters doesn’t mean he’s an Israeli sympathizer. My take is he picks his battles carefully and Israel has too big a support base here in the US. As to whether a liberal blog is concerned about Hagel’s statements on Egypt, the story is Hagel is a pragmatist and we pay Egypt $1.3 Billion per year to play nice with Egypt. However, Hagel doesn’t seem to be a Sen Joe Lieberman type Israeli sympathizer and that would be a nice change. And it blows me away that Obama would chose a Republican for the spot. ;=)

  6. “…another generation of Palestinians lives our dies without having a passport…”

    Decades ago, when I handled immigration cases, the Kingdom of Jordan issued passports to West Bank Palestinians. Later, the Palestinian Authority issued passports. Although I cannot comment about Gaza residents in these regards.

    The Palestinians rejected the White Paper as it did not affirm the authority of their then-leader.

  7. So much for history. I want to hear the current events of the European tape. Who has disabled it??

    • My uninformed and politically ignorant opinion of the European tape which I watched last night is that it is boring, without emotion or conviction and without any mention that the US is the only member not issuing a statement condemning Israeli plans for extensive, illegal theft of Palestinian land in the West Bank including “—installing squatters on it, in a step designed to cut the West Bank in two and make forever impossible a two-state solution to the problem of Palestinian statelessness.”

      I guess speaking against the lack of condemnation by the US is not politically and financially safe for most of the countries.

      My ignorant suggestion: The US government should immediately withdraw and move to a more honest, more democratic and less corrupted country “all” the military equipment, supplies and weapons including nuclear bombs supplied to Israel by the US or purchased with US foreign aide.

      Problem is that the corrupt Billionaires controlling the Federal Reserve, a private corporation and all the major banks around the world are controlling all money, including the depressions, recessions and the economies. They also control the major corporation, most governments, the US Congress and Supreme Court, the Military Industrial Complex, all the mass news medias in the US and around the world and probably most elections around the world including in America.

      Is this corrupt control every going to be replaced with honest, informed democracy?

      Is the US every going to have a real honest President with integrity, intelligence and wisdom? Or just continued puppets to the world ruling Billionaires?

  8. The USA is still claiming it is against the settlements, but refuses to condemn them. Is Obama a complete jellyfish? Does he want the USA continually humiliated like a Palestinian at a checkpoint? The USA should not be able to use its veto again to evade any responsibility for the illegal and cruel behaviour of its “ally”.

    btw I am in France and the video is suppressed.

    • “Is Obama a complete jellyfish?”

      Look at his behavior offering the Republican terrorists in Congress pre-emptive concessions.

      In short, YES.

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