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Palestinian statehood bid ‘papers ready’

The Palestinians will not be deterred from seeking UN membership, senior officials say in response to a report that the the US is trying to head off their bid.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that the US has launched an attempt to persuade the Palestinians not to seek statehood at the annual UN General Assembly meeting beginning on September 20.

“When it comes to going to the United Nations, I think the train has left the station,” Muhammad Shtayyeh, a member of Fatah’s central committee who is overseeing the UN bid, said on Sunday.

“We’re already on the way to New York. We are very ready for this. All our papers are ready.”

The New York Times, citing US officials and foreign diplomats, said the US has tried to restart peace talks with the Israelis in a bid to convince Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president and leader of Fatah, to drop the bid.

The Obama administration has made it clear to Abbas that it will veto any request to the UN Security Council to make a Palestinian state a new member outright, the newspaper said.

But the US does not have enough support to block a vote to elevate the status of the Palestinians’ nonvoting observer “entity” to that of a nonvoting observer state, according to the newspaper report.

‘No chance for talks’

Palestinians expect “more than 150” of the 192 UN member countries to endorse full Palestinian membership.

But this would fall short of the number needed to ratify an application, which must be approved by the Security Council.

If approved by two-thirds of the General Assembly, it would allow the Palestinians for instance to gain full membership of UN agencies such as WHO, UNESCO or UNICEF.

The US argues that the Palestinians will only achieve meaningful statehood through a revival of direct peace talks with Israel.

Comment: The US never argued that “peace talks” would resolve the Sudan division and the south seeking independence. Nor did the U.S. argue that “peace talks” would ensure that Saddam Hussein and the Kuwaitis would be able to resolve their differences. So what is it about the Palestinians? Are they the Children of a Lesser God? Israel’s negotiations tactics are clear: build more settlements and negotiate grabbing more Palestinian lands!

The New York Times said the US was labouring to find language that would be sufficient to lure the Palestinians away from their bid, bring Israel to the negotiating table and be acceptable to the other members of the peacemaking Quartet – the EU, UN and Russia.

But Shtayyeh, the Fatah official, said the Palestinians had made every effort to negotiate.

“The only thing Israel wants to talk about is security, security and security,” he said. “There isn’t really any chance for negotiations with this current Israeli government.

He said that until now, the Palestinians had not received any serious offer from the international community.

“All these offers are to stop us from going to New York. They are not really about genuine peace,” he said.

EU divided

In a related development, EU foreign ministers meeting in Poland have urged both Israel and the Palestinians to return to direct peace talks while offering to take a lead role in hammering out a solution acceptable to all sides.

Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister, said on Sunday the Palestinian proposal, to be formally detailed in the coming days by Abbas, could prove a failure for Israel, the Palestinians and the US.

Should the Palestinians receive widespread backing “Israel would be isolated”, the Palestinians “would face a poor tomorrow” after losing vital funding, and the US too will “face isolation”, he said.

Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister, said separately that it was key to “try to influence different parties to act constructively”. Germany opposes the Palestinian initiative.

Europe stands divided on the question, with the Czech Republic, Italy and the Netherlands also opposed but Spain pledging to vote in favour.

Despite the fast-approaching deadline, Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, insisted that a return to the talks table remained a possibility.

“We believe that we need to have a negotiated settlement as quickly as possible and that anything that can help that process is good,” she said.

The despicable UN report that Israel did not violate international law by imposing the illegal siege of Gaza…

Or the report that Israel simply used “excessive force” in its attack on the Mavi Marmara (Flotilla) and executing at least 9 civilians in cold blodd…

Or the UN’s call for freedom of South Sudan yet remains silent on Palestinians quest for freedom and independence…

 

These and more – prove that the United Nations is simply a puppet in the hands of Super Powers to be manipulated at will! Those seeking freedom will only get their freedom if the Superpowers “approve” their application!!!

If a “terrorist” supporting government like Sudan is in question, we go in full force to demand and support the liberation of the South – seeking its freedom and Independence. People like Clooney and other despicable opportunists run to “inform” the world of the severity of the Southern Sudanese…

Yet as Israel continues its Apartheid practice, ethnic cleansing policies, building more illegal settlements on Palestinian lands, torturing Palestinian prisoners of all ages, Clooney and the U.N. choose silence!

And the terrorist state of Israel and its actions against Palestinians, more horrific than the Holocaust itself, are simply “regrettable” actions…or excusable or whatever terminology that spins the ugly truth into something less negative-sounding!

 

And when Palestinians seek a vote to support their independence from the terrorist regime of the Israeli NaZionists, we – the USA – threaten such a freedom-seeking action with Veto, halting all aid to Palestinians (of which they see none – it goes into the pockets of the puppets played by the US government – as was the case in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and many more) and publicly demanding that such a request by Palestinian is hasty, illogical and produces mistrust with the Israelis…

In other words, Palestinians must be disbanded more and reduced to tribes like the Indian “nations” that remain in the U.S.

So when will the UN ever find Israel guilty of any crime?

When pigs fly!

Or when the superpowers become real democracies seeking justice for all…

Otherwise, the oppressed will continue to fight back for their freedom. And sooner or later, the oppressed and occupied win. History has just slapped the Universe with such evidence: Libya, Tunisia and Egypt have been liberated!

Kudos to Turkey and its expulsion of the Israeli diplomats terrorists from Turkey!

The demise of Israel is coming soon… the previews are almost over!!!

 

ATW

 

As abhorrent the Norway massacre is, it must be quite annoying and “deflating” to the Muslim bashing community of degenerates who wished that the terror act would have been carried out by Muslims rather than one of their “own.” It seems that Christians are terrorists too! We’ve seen that in the massacres and crimes committed in the U.S.A – the likes of Timothy McVeigh, Andrew Joseph Stack III, Jared Loughner just to name a few! Yet, in the U.S., the media would not refer to these degenerates as “terrorists.”

One comment that struck me on a news site, stated:

I am shocked this had nothing to do with muslims. Why were muslims groups claiming they were responsible for the attacks then? 

Who was the “Muslim Group” that claimed credit? Well, someone please share this piece of “enlightening” information. I bet that the claim came from some sadist media reporter or agency who quickly assumed that it had to be “Muslims” who committed the crime, and by being the “first” to report this, their fame and incredible “sources” would become the talk-of-the-town.  Regardless, if such a Muslim group is somehow linked to the terror attack, I would also bet that they will bear a new name – and one which contains the word “Jihad” in it – and we’ll be led to believe such “reports” because, like cattle, we believe whatever garbage we’re being fed.

The sad truth is atrocities like this are a daily occurrence in Palestine. Israelis jail, massacre, kill and ethnic-cleanse Palestinians daily. They even publicly discriminate against non-white Jews in Israel!

Israel is most probably the only country in the world which imprisons women and children of “suspected” so-called terrorists, indefinitely. The world always chooses silence over Israeli terrorism (Deir Yasin, Qana, Hebron, Jenin, Gaza, Jerusalem, International Flotilla, etc.) and their use of prohibited weaponry (cluster and phosphorus bombs against civilians) so as not to upset “Jews” or be referred to as “anti-Semite!”

Mona Eltahawy speaking at the J Street Conference 2011 (2.27.11) . These are her complete opening remarks.

History before Our Eyes: Broader Implications of Democracy Movements in the Arab World.

Panelists:

Mona Eltahawy, Journalist
Ron Pundak, Director General, The Peres Center for Peace
Robert Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

Moderator: Steve Clemons, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Chair: Ambassador Samuel Lewis, Former American diplomat and former head of the U.S. Institute of Peace

 

Although the US did not explicitly condone nor condemn the GCC’s (Gulf Cooperation Council) latest decision to sanction the deployment of its forces into the island kingdom, the Barack Obama administration has taken a cautious approach to the growing protests there so as not to undermine the opposition parties’ demands or inadvertently strengthen Iran’s ability, real or imagined, to leverage the opposition leaders of Bahrain’s roughly 70 per cent Shia majority.

“We urge the government of Bahrain to pursue a peaceful and meaningful dialogue with the opposition rather than resorting to the use of force,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Sunday. “In particular, we urge our GCC partners…to act in a way that supports dialogue instead of undermining it.”

 

This is the exact same verbiage (or garbage) the U.S. Administration uses with Israel: “We urge the Israelis and Palestinians to pursue peace talks..” while the Israelis massacre, expel, ethnic cleanse and annex Palestine using brutal and barbaric force, courtesy of the U.S. Tax Payers’ money.

  • When Saddam invaded Kuwait, the U.S. was quick in establishing a No Fly Zone and then invade Iraq to bring the country “democracy.”
  • When South Sudan wanted their freedom, U.S. and Mr. George Hypocrite Clooney rushed to the south’s aid and cries for Hypocrisy.. I mean, Democracy!
  • When Libyans are being massacred by a tyrant thug, responsible for heinous crimes against his own, let alone other people, as in Lockerbie,  and uses planes, tanks and poisonous gases to crush the people, we issue Bahrain-like statements.
  • When Yemeni’s are under daily attack by the most vicious of weapons: chemical gases that paralyze and send bodies into violent convulsions, we issue Bahrain-like statements.
  • When Palestinians wanted to establish their state and live in peace, the U.S. determined (under the direction of its masters, AIPAC Zionist thugs) that “the time wasn’t right” and vetoed the reolution that called for an independent state called Palestine!

In other words, we do not condemn the tyrants unless we are absolutely certain that they will be vacating their seats of power and tyranny. This is the U.S. foreign policy and democracy!

 

  • We preach Democracy and practice Tyranny!
  • We preach Peace and practice Destruction!
  • We preach Justice and practice Injustice!

 

 

This is a letter from freshman Republican Congress people who want to keep getting pro-Israel money and/or who don’t want it to go to their opponents. They are either profoundly unprincipled or profoundly ignorant. People in their districts should expose and oppose them strenuously. How abhorrent that they are typical of the majority of our Congressional representatives from BOTH parties.

A successful political career is apparently dependent on how much Israeli-Ass-Kissing a Congressman/woman is willing to do or to what extent they will go to serve foreign interests instead of their own constituents.
It’s also outrageous that these profoundly ignorant and unprincipled Congress people will refer to Middle Eastern countries seeking freedom and democracy as “Upheaval!” Is it because the majority is Arab and Muslim? Yet they support the “upheaval” in Sudan and the independence of the oil-rich South Sudan seeking its freedom from the Muslim north!

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The Middle East meant only Israel to many. Now the lives of millions of Arabs have been brought to Europe’s attention

Nick Cohen Nick Cohen The Observer, Sunday 27 February 2011

The Arab revolution is consigning skip-loads of articles, books and speeches about the Middle East to the dustbin of history. In a few months, readers will go through libraries or newspaper archives and wonder how so many who claimed expert knowledge could have turned their eyes from tyranny and its consequences.

The Map erroneously includes Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of the Arab World.

To a generation of politically active if not morally consistent campaigners, the Middle East has meant Israel and only Israel. In theory, they should have been able to stick by universal principles and support a just settlement for the Palestinians while opposing the dictators who kept Arabs subjugated. Few, however, have been able to oppose oppression in all its forms consistently. The right has been no better than the liberal-left in its Jew obsessions. The briefest reading of Conservative newspapers shows that at all times their first concern about political changes in the Middle East is how they affect Israel. For both sides, the lives of hundreds of millions of Arabs, Berbers and Kurds who were not involved in the conflict could be forgotten.

If you doubt me, consider the stories that the Middle Eastern bureau chiefs missed until revolutions that had nothing to do with Palestine forced them to take notice.

• Gaddafi was so frightened of a coup that he kept the Libyan army small and ill-equipped and hired mercenaries and paramilitary “special forces” he could count on to slaughter the civilian population when required.

Leila Ben Ali, the wife of the Tunisian president, was a preposterously extravagant figure, who all but begged foreign correspondents to write about her rapacious pursuit of wealth. Only when Tunisians rose up did journalists stir themselves to tell their readers how she had pushed the populace to revolt by combining the least appealing traits of Imelda Marcos and Marie-Antoinette.

• Hearteningly, for those of us who retain a nostalgia for the best traditions of the old left, Tunisia and Egypt had independent trade unionists, who could play “a leading role”, as we used to say, in organising and executing uprisings.

Far from being a cause of the revolution, antagonism to Israel everywhere served the interests of oppressors. Europeans have no right to be surprised. Of all people, we ought to know from our experience of Nazism that antisemitism is a conspiracy theory about power, rather than a standard racist hatred of poor immigrants. Fascistic regimes reached for it when they sought to deny their own people liberty. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the forgery the far-right wing of the decaying tsarist regime issued in 1903 to convince Russians they should continue to obey the tsar’s every command, denounces human rights and democracy as facades behind which the secret Jewish rulers of the world manipulated gullible gentiles.

Syrian Ba’athists, Hamas, the Saudi monarchy and Gaddafi eagerly promoted the Protocols, for why wouldn’t vicious elites welcome a fantasy that dismissed democracy as a fraud and justified their domination? Just before the Libyan revolt, Gaddafi tried a desperate move his European predecessors would have understood. He tried to deflect Libyan anger by calling for a popular Palestinian revolution against Israel. That may or may not have been justified, but it assuredly would have done nothing to help the wretched Libyans.

In his Epitaph on a Tyrant, Auden wrote:

“When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter
And when he cried, the little children died in the streets.”

Europe’s amnesia about how tyranny operated in our continent explains why the Libyan revolution is embarrassing a rich collection of dupes and scoundrels who were willing to laugh along with Gaddafi. His contacts in Britain were once confined to the truly lunatic fringe. He supplied arms to the IRA, funded the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, Vanessa Redgrave’s nasty Trotskyist sect, and entertained Nick Griffin and other neo-Nazis. We should not forget them when the time comes to settle accounts. But when Tony Blair, who was so eloquent in denouncing the genocides of Saddam, staged a reconciliation with Gaddafi after 9/11, his friendship opened the way for the British establishment to embrace the dictatorship.

It was not only BP and other oil companies, but British academics who were happy to accept his largesse. The London School of Economics took £1.5m from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, money which by definition had to have been stolen from the Libyan people, despite being warned to back away by Professor Fred Halliday, the LSE’s late and much-missed authority on the Middle East, who never flinched from looking dictators in the eye.

“I’ve come to know Saif as someone who looks to democracy, civil society and deep liberal values for the core of his inspiration,” purred the LSE’s David Held as he accepted the cheque.

Human Rights Watch, once a reliable opponent of tyranny, went further and described a foundation Saif ran in Libya as a force for freedom, willing to take on the interior ministry in the fight for civil liberties. Meanwhile, and to the surprise of no one, Peter Mandelson, New Labour’s butterfly, fluttered round Saif at the country house parties of the plutocracy.

Last week, Saif, the “liberal” promoter of human rights and dining companion of Mandelson, appeared on Libyan television to say that his father’s gunmen would fight to the last bullet to keep the Gaddafi crime family in business, a promise he is keeping. The thinking behind so many who flattered him was that the only issue in the Middle East worth taking a stand on was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that the oppression of Arabs by Arabs was a minor concern.

 

 

The longevity of the regimes presided over by the Gaddafi, Assad and Mubarak families and the House of Saud ought to be a reason for denouncing them more vigorously, but their apparent permanence added to the feeling that somehow Libyans, Syrians, Egyptians and Saudis want to live under dictatorships.

The European Union, which did so much to export democracy and the rule of law to former communist dictatorships of eastern Europe, has played a miserable role in the Middle East. It pours in aid but never demands democratisation or restrictions on police powers in return. That will have to change if the promise of the past month is to be realised. If it is to help with democracy-building, Europe will need to remind itself as much as the recipients of its money that you can never build free societies on the racist conspiracy theories of the Nazis and the tsars. They are and always have been the tunes that tyrants sing.