Three Cheers for an independent State of Palestine
Palestine statehood application has been submitted to the Secretary General of the United Nations on Friday, 23 September, 2011
Palestinian efforts at the UN have profound lessons for Sikhs, Kashmiris and Nagas, living under brutal Indian military occupation in South Asia for over sixty four long bloody years
Washington D.C. Wednesday September 28, 2011: The United Nations Security Council met, in a closed-door afternoon session Monday (September 26, 2011) in the United Nation’s building in New York, to commence discussions of the Palestinian application for statehood submitted to the U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, on Friday 23 September, 2011. Monday’s Security Council meeting was an informal consultation, and took place behind closed doors. The 15-member Security Council will later refer the issue to a committee for further action.
The application, was submitted last Friday (23 September, 2011) by Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who forwarded it to the UN Security Council the same afternoon. At a press conference last Friday, the current rotating head of the Security Council, Lebanon’s Ambassador to the U.N., Nawaf Salam, said the application would be put before the other Security Council members during Monday’s (26 September, 2011) meeting. The Palestinian statehood application would require nine out of the fifteen votes of the Security Council (current UN Security Council membership; China*, France*, UK*, USA* & Russia*; Bosinia, Brazil, Colombia, Gabon, Germany, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal & South Africa) in order to go before the UN General Assembly for final approval. The US has said that it will veto the Palestinians’ bid for statehood in the UN Security Council, while India, (with an ongoing brutal – and bloody – occupation of Sikh Punjab, Kashmir and Nagaland ‘nations’ in its territory on the subcontinent) has loftily declared that it will support the Palestinian statehood application. However, some diplomats say that it could take weeks, and possibly even months, before the matter comes to a vote in the U.N. Security Council or UN General Assembly.
Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, is reported to have said that “the time has come for Palestinian independence,” in a speech, he delivered last Friday to the UN General Assembly. Shortly there after he officially submitted a request to the world body for recognition of Palestine as a full UN member state. During the Friday speech Abbas said ‘Enough, enough, enough,’ and stated, that, “63 years of ongoing tragedy must end.” Abbas called the UN vote on the Palestinian Authority request for statehood a ‘moment of truth,’ during which the world must decide if it will continue to allow “the last military occupation in the world to continue.” The Palestinian Authority president held up a copy of the official request for full UN membership to raucous applause from the crowd of world diplomats. He added that the Palestine state in question should have the pre-1967 lines as its border. East Jerusalam (currently under Israeli occupation) would be its capital. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on the nations of the world to vote for the recognition of Palestine and urged the UN Security council to expedite its decision. “I say to the Israelis, come to peace,” Abbas said during his speech, reiterating his position that the statehood bid should not be an impediment to the peace process.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his Friday speech, to the UN General Assembly, said that, “the Palestinians would continue peaceful, popular resistance to Israeli occupation. He warned that Israel’s illegal West Bank settlement construction threatens both to destroy the two-state solution and the survival of his fledgling government, the Palestinian Authority. The PA president blamed Israel’s continued building of settlements on ‘Palestinian land’ for the impasse in the peace process. Abbas said that over the past year all attempts to renew peace negotiations were repeatedly “smashed against the rocks of the Israeli government’s positions.”Just prior to his speech, Abbas asked the United Nations to recognize a state for his people, even though the United States has vowed to veto the move.UN spokesman Farhan Haq said Abbas handed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a letter requesting full UN membership, which the Security Council must consider — although this may take some time. Israeli diplomatic officials in New York were quoted in the media as having said last Thursday that U.N. Secretary General Ban, however, will not immediately pass the request on, giving the Quartet (the US, EU, Russia and UN) time to come up with a statement, agreed upon by both sides, that would form the parameters for re-launching negotiations. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas set out his case in the speech to the UN General Assembly, where Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also took the podium to repeat his stale argument that only direct negotiations between the two sides could lead to a Palestinian state.
The prestigious London-based ECONOMIST a widely-read weekly magazine seems to have synchronized the publication of a Kfar Qusra-datelined article (in its latest issue of 24-30 September, 2011) headlined, “The West Bank; Villagers v Settlers; Life in the rural West Bank is a far cry from Diplomacy in New York,” with the UN speech delivered on Friday 23 September, 2011, by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (http://www.economist.com/node/21530175) The Economist article vividly describes the miserable plight of the Palestinian population living under Israeli occupation on the West Bank, since June 1967, and justifies their resistance to the encroachment and intimidation of armed Israeli settlers. The article vividly describes the miserable plight of the Palestinians, how they have been living in the occupied West Bank under Israeli occupation, in the following words: “Every midnight the Palestinian vigil against the predations of nearby armed Jewish settlers begins. Five students, armed with a pocket-torch, stand guard at the hilltop entrance of the small West Bank Palestinian village of Kfar Qusra. Farmers and their wives pitch camp in their fields, watching their flocks. It is not an even fight. Jewish settlers wield M-16 rifles. Palestinian Villagers have mobile phones and stones. But after religious zealots from the nearby Esh Kodesh (“Holy Light”) Israeli outpost scrawled “Muhammad is a pig” in Hebrew on the walls of the village mosque and rolled burning tires inside its prayer hall, the villagers decided that the moral high ground was no longer enough. “The age of sumud (stubborn steadfastness) has passed,” says a local Palestinian businessman. “We must defend ourselves. The whole town is prepared.” At an evening planning meeting, an 85-year-old landowner encourages his sons to abduct the next settler who chops down trees in his olive groves or slaughters one of his sheep. So far the new, more robust tactics of the villagers have worked. On September 16th, a week after an attack on their mosque hundreds of villagers had gathered to shoo the Israeli intruders away. One Israeli fled, said the villagers, in his underpants. In the panic Mr. Abu Rayda was shot in the leg, but they have yet to return. Mahmoud Abbas’s diplomatic manoeuvring in New York has left many villagers confused. But he may have raised expectations, especially in Area C, the rural 60% of the West Bank, including Kfar Qusra, which an “interim agreement” between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Israel in 1995 left under Israel’s full control. Ever since, Israel has tightened its grip over Area C, weaving a web of settlements, military bases, roads, separation barriers and checkpoints. Palestinian police in the designated area patrol in plain clothes and unarmed, but are not allowed to use force to restrain the Israeli settlers if they seek to impose themselves on the Palestinian villagers either by attacking them or by damaging their property. Israeli settlers now outnumber Palestinians in Area C by two to one; they regard the territory as theirs. Hence their horror at suggestions that the proposed two states should be based on the pre-1967 line, for that would mean their removal”.
In response to the ‘noise’ in the United Nations bid, Jewish settlers are mobilizing too. By day they march about, brandishing large Israeli flags. By night, activists exact what they call “price-tags”, for instance by defiling mosques, in the hope of provoking a conflict which the well-armed settlers feel sure they could win. They have also used their formidable presence in Israel’s combat units and supporters in Mr. Netanyahu’s ruling coalition to press home their advantage. To ward off anticipated Palestinian demonstrations in the wake of the UN vote in New York, Israeli soldiers armed with stun-grenades, tear-gas and a foul-smelling liquid known as ‘skunk’ have moved into settlements near Palestinian towns. If Palestinian hordes try to enter, says an Israeli settler security officer, the settlers are licensed to shoot”… Bizarrely, each side, in some respects, feeds the other’s appetite. Settlers pay Palestinian laborers to build their homes; Palestinians use the proceeds to expand their own villages. Zealots on both sides see land as sacred. Kfar Qusra’s villagers celebrated their success in chasing settlers away by staging their Friday prayers in the fields, prostrating themselves on the ploughed earth.
Meanwhile Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, threw his public support for the Palestinian state by urging the United Nations on Monday to accept the Palestinians’ (http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-urges-world-accept-palestinians-u-n-022128586.html) request for full membership in the world body and to recognize it as an independent state. His statement said that, “As a result of the continued Israeli intransigence and disruption of the peace process, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon all member states of the United Nations to recognize the state of Palestine (with the border as it was on June 4, 1967) with East Jerusalem as its capital, and to grant it full membership of the United Nations”. The comments of Prince Faisal’s will add to the pressure on Washington, which has vowed to veto the Palestinian U.N. membership application that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday. The U.N. Security Council will meet today, on Wednesday, to hand the issue to a committee that will review and assess the Palestinian application. Abbas has said he wants the council to make a decision within weeks, but Western diplomats say that the process could take much longer.
As was mentioned in paragraph three above, that during the Friday speech in the UN assembly, the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas said ‘Enough, enough, enough,’ and stated, that, “63 years of ongoing tragedy must end.” Abbas also called the UN vote on the Palestinian Authority request for statehood a ‘moment of truth,’ during which the world must decide if it will continue to allow “the last military occupation in the world to continue.” PALESTINE. THE LAST MILITARY OCCUPATION IN THE WORLD??? Surely Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas got carried away at the United Nations and forgot the sixty four years of the ongoing tragedy in India where the Sikh, Kashmiri and Naga nations have seen thousands murdered faced intimidations, prejudice, pogroms and state sponsored terrorism for over sixty four years ever since the British Colonials quit the South Asian subcontinent, in August 1947, after handing over instruments of state power to an evil nexus of the Brahmin and the Bania personified by India’s founding fathers like Pundit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel.