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Palestinians Will Go to UN on September 23


Posted on September 14, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

Do not Believe Rumors circulating around. The PA is not backing up, those rumors are spread by Israel, US and the Israel Lobby around the world, they want you to believe that Abbas is going to down grade his request at the UN for that of observer, that position is not of the interest of Palestine and will not be of use. Ashton the EU representative is trying to convince Abbas not to bid for State Hood, the same with US and Israel. They are running around like a fox following by dog-hounds, trying to instill fear to Abbas using all kind of threads, but the PA is resolute to seek full recognition.

Fatah official: Palestinians will go to UN by September 23

Comments were made by Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior member of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and a member of the special PLO committee that prepared the UN bid.

By Amira Hass

The Palestinians plan to submit a formal request for full United Nations membership to the Security Council by September 23, despite the United States’ opposition and Europe’s reservations, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will refer to this request in his speech to the General Assembly on that date, Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh said yesterday.

Shtayyeh, a senior member of Abbas’ Fatah party, was a member of the special PLO committee that prepared the UN bid.

Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, he sought to dispel rumors that the PA has decided against applying to the Security Council and will instead apply only to the General Assembly. The latter cannot grant full UN membership, but can recognize an applicant as a nonmember state with observer status.

“We are going to the United Nations, we are going to the Security Council,” he said. “We are going to seek full membership based on [the] 1967 borders.”

Meetings with European and American officials have not yielded any written proposal for resuming Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that the Palestinians view as serious, he said. But even if the West did draft such a proposal, he added, it would be meaningless without Israeli consent, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will never accept the Palestinians’ two key demands: the 1967 borders and a cessation of settlement construction.

He said that Hamas leader Khaled Meshal had expressed support for the UN bid.

Going to the UN is part of a strategy for transferring the Palestinian struggle for independence from the bilateral to the multinational arena, since the bilateral arena has proven a failure, Shtayyeh said. But he insisted this in no way contradicts a resumption of negotiations. The UN bid is aimed not at delegitimizing Israel, but at delegitimizing the occupation and legitimizing the State of Palestine, he said.

Palestinians, he added, have no intention of accompanying their UN bid with violence, and will not “fall into the trap set” by what he referred to as daily attacks by settlers against Palestinians.

He also said Palestinians understand that the reality of life in the West Bank will be no different the day after the UN vote than it was before – unless settlers escalate their assaults, in which case the situation will deteriorate, he warned.

Once their membership application is submitted, he noted, Palestinians have no control over the timetable of subsequent events, such as when a special Security Council panel starts discussing the application or when it submit its recommendations to the full council. But based on past experience, he said, the process could take days, weeks or even months. Nor is a rejection necessarily final, Shtayyeh added: Jordan’s application was rejected three times before being accepted.

Israel, he predicted, won’t carry out its threat to freeze tax transfers to the PA if it goes through with the UN bid, because it’s not in Israel’s interest for the PA to collapse. But if Israel does freeze the transfers, Abbas has already asked Arab states to compensate for “every penny,” he said.

UN headquarters AP October 12, 2010 United Nations General Assembly Hall on Oct. 12, 2010.
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Last-minute push to avert PA UN bid


Posted on September 06, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

US envoys arrive in Israel for meetings with Israeli prime minister, while Tony Blair travels to Ramallah to meet Abbas.

Abbas said the UN bid was a last resort after the PA had “exhausted all other options” [EPA]

Gaza City — With one week to go before the United Nations General Assembly convenes, there is a flurry of diplomatic activity in Jerusalem and Ramallah, much of it aimed at the Palestinian Authority’s plan to seek enhanced membership at the UN.

A delegation from the United States, led by White House advisers Dennis Ross and David Hale, arrived in Jerusalem on Tuesday to meet with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Hale is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. In Ramallah, meanwhile, Abbas met with former British prime minister Tony Blair, the envoy from the so-called “Quartet,” composed of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.

The US meetings, according to the State Department, were aimed at “finding a formula” to restart long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the PA. Talks broke down last September over Israel’s refusal to halt construction in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Abbas has said he will only return to the table if Israel freezes new construction, and agrees to use 1967 borders as a basis for negotiation.

A spokesperson for the US embassy in Tel Aviv would not comment about Ross and Hale’s trip, and the embassy has not released any statement on the meeting with Netanyahu.

The meeting comes at a slightly awkward time for US-Israel relations: Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg reported on Tuesday that Robert Gates, the recently-departed US secretary of defence, described Netanyahu as an “ungrateful” ally. ‘There will not be a retreat’ Blair said this week that he was “optimistic” about bringing both sides back to negotiations.

Abbas’ office has not released any details of their meeting in Ramallah. Saeb Erekat, the PA’s chief negotiator, said in Amman on Tuesday that the UN bid will go forward regardless of Israel’s actions. “The Palestinian decision is to head to the UN Security Council,” Erekat said. “And there will not be a retreat even if Israel proposed any initiatives.”

Erekat also complained about American threats, saying that the US has pushed the PA to drop its bid without offering any concessions in return. US officials and members of Congress have repeatedly threatened to slash aid to the PA if it goes to the United Nations. Meanwhile, the diplomatic frenzy does not register much here in Gaza, where few people have expressed much interest in the bid. “It’s just politics,” said Abu Omar, gesturing around his small shop, which was temporarily darkened by one of Gaza’s regular power cuts. “I need electricity.” Hamas has said little about the planned vote, which is purely a Fatah initiative.

A Hamas official told Al Jazeera that the movement has not decided whether or not to call for demonstrations in Gaza. “There’s still plenty of time before we decide what we will do,” Ahmed Yousef, the Hamas deputy foreign minister, said in an interview. “Somebody from Fatah approached me recently about what we might do… we could decide in the near future.”

Abbas plans to submit the PA’s bid for statehood around September 20. But Palestine cannot be admitted as a state without the Security Council’s approval, and the Obama administration has already said it would veto such a move. The US veto leaves Palestinian officials with the option to pursue “non-member observer status,” a step below full recognition which requires only a two-thirds vote in the General Assembly. Only one other state, the Vatican, currently holds such a status at the UN   Source: Al Jazeera

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Palestinian Bid for UN Statehood Recognition should not be questioned, Israel existence should be


Posted on August 02, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

Parts of this articles taken from To the Point Analyses Deconstructing The News By Laurence Davidson And Again I deconstruct the News and the opinion, but at the end you the readers are the opinion makers.

Lawrence Davidson argues that, while UN recognition of Palestinian statehood could be potentially of psychological value to the Palestinian cause, “boycott, divestment and sanctions within the context of increasing worldwide awareness of Israel’s essential racist nature shows real promise of results in the long term. In my opinion there is actually a good chance that a worldwide BDS movement, growing steadily for say the next quarter century, can actually achieve the de-Zionization of Israel.”
If he Serious, another 25 years of Israel occupation, Really? Professor? are you kidding? Israel only in the last 8 years have annexed over47 % of Palestine land since they started building the apartheid wall, without counting the other already stolen land in 1948 and 1967.

And there is another threat to already death peace process, “Ideas about annexing parts of the West Bank that until recently were considered extreme have been gaining traction in the Knesset in recent weeks as the Palestinian Authority continues threatening to declare a state unilaterally in September. … “We’ll have to protect ourselves,” [National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau] said. “If [the Palestinians declare a state], I’m going to suggest to my government to extend our sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and over the highly populated blocs we have in Judea and Samaria, just to start with.” Jerusalem Post

Going to the UN for recognition.

While Lawrence Davidson is right on his assessment of the great psychological value for Palestinians to boots their moral, if Palestine is recognized, I completely disagree to his second statement regarding BDS to be long term solution, and sending a subtle message to Palestine not to Bid for UN Statehood Recognition, I wonder how long term he is referring to.  Even if he is neutral on the conflict and he speaks only as expert, he is sending the wrong message.

When he include in his article the wording of : Ali Abunimah but only on the surface he explore the words of Ali Abunimah, he makes no analysis of the situation only copying pasting the analysis of this great journalist, that on his own words gave us the looming future of a Palestine recognized by the UN in paper but not in essence, not in substance knowing that Israel has laugh and ignored every single resolution ever drafted against her illegalities and crimes.

Journalist Ali Abunimah is one of the most important sources of information and analysis of the Israeli war on Palestine and the ongoing struggle for justice. He is cofounder of the invaluable Electronic Intifada website and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. He talked to Eric Ruder about the latest developments in the region–and what lies ahead for Palestinians.

Right now the International Activist Community, Bloggers, writers, and thousands of old and newly formed Pro-Palestinians Organizations have been spreading the message on the reality on the ground in Occupied Palestine and the serious threat to regional peace with the Existence of Israel as it stands now, playing the bully not just in Palestine, killing indiscriminately but also in the neighbors countries like Syria, and Lebanon and creating an atmosphere of unrest, brewing conflict in a way only Israel is expert on doing, using flag operations and dirty propaganda.

It is hard to accept sometimes that we may be just playing in a chess game that have to end, but we have to rely also on the hopes and ideals that, that we as a spectators have in this conflict we all want peace, so we all are being part of this movement of peace. We can not take away the importance of the Arab revolutions, the threat that the whole of the people raising have in the regime of the region of the Arab world. I don’t think is insulated from the main middle east conflict, all the Arabs want peace, only their leaders keep playing this game of mouse and cat with Israel and the UN.

We know that the official propaganda from Israel and the Paid Media is spreading notion that if Palestine “Unilaterally”  bid for statehood in the UN, the Oslo Accord will be buried. As a thread to insult the intelligent of Palestinians and the world that know that Israel never has comply with the accords. The famous Oslo Accords signed in a ceremony in Washington DC by Yasef Arafat RIP and Yitzhak Rabin RIP, which actual documents were signed by Mahmoud Abbas for the PLO, Shimon Peres for Israel, Warren Christopher for the United States and Andre Kozyev for Russia.

ESSAY ONE: 

The Palestinian Bid for UN Statehood Recognition – An Analysis (1 August 2011)

Robert Serry

Mr. Robert H. Serry of the Netherlands was appointed by the Secretary-General as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority in November 2007. In this capacity, Mr. Serry will be the Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Quartet.

PRESS RELEASE

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process warns Security Council
of “Dramatic” Deadlock in Peace Process, Calls for “Credible Political Path
Forward” and Bold Actions on the Ground

26 July 2011

In a briefing to the Security Council today in which he described the “profound and persistent deadlock” between Israelis and Palestinians, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry described as “dramatic” the failure of the parties to meet their
agreed timeline for a permanent status agreement by September this year.
The Special Coordinator underscored what is at stake given the current deadlock. He noted that “the Palestinian Authority has, in key areas, reached a level of institutional performance sufficient for a functioning state” and made real security and economic gains in the recent
period. As a result, Mr. Serry said that “the Palestinian Authority is ready to assume the responsibilities of statehood at any point in the near future.”
However, continued Mr. Serry, “without a credible political path forward, accompanied by more far-reaching steps on the ground, the viability of the Palestinian Authority and its statebuilding agenda – and, I fear, of the two State solution itself – cannot be taken for granted,” Mr Serry warned. He called on the international community to unite and “shape a legitimate and balanced way forward that helps the parties overcome their differences and ultimately return to negotiations. We will continue to work with Quartet partners to seek urgent action in this regard. We also note the prerogatives of the Security Council and the General Assembly.”
Mr. Serry noted that Israeli steps of enablement on the ground had been made in the past, “bold measures have been lacking in recent times”, while worrying developments were taking place in the Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank, including a surge in demolitions with 700
Palestinians displaced this year, and continued settlement activity, including the recent confiscation of 19 hectares of private Palestinian land. “Settlements are illegal under international law and prejudge final status discussions, and settlement activity must cease”,
he said. “I urge Israel to do more to empower its moderate, committed and peaceful Palestinian partner”, Mr. Serry said. He also called on donors to ensure that the Palestinian Authority’s fiscal position is stabilized, so that it can continue to pay salaries and meet its other
financial obligations.
Mr. Serry expressed concern that a calm between Israel and Gaza that was restored in early April was “challenged by the firing of some 18 rockets into Israel since 23 June”. He also reported that Israel conducted three incursions and 16 air strikes, killing two Palestinian militants and injuring
eight, but also killing one Palestinian civilian and injuring fourteen. “Militants’ firing of indiscriminate rockets towards civilian areas is unacceptable and must cease. Israel must also show restraint. Tensions have subsided in recent days. My office remains active in
promoting a full restoration of calm, which remains a cornerstone for any broader achievements.”
Mr. Serry said the Gaza economy was growing, but from a very low base. He noted approval of $265 million of UN projects for Gaza as a “significant start” to address Gaza’s vast basic needs including education, housing, and sanitation. However, he urged Israel to allow aggregate, iron
bar and cement for use by Gaza’s private sector, to facilitate exports, and to enable freer movement of people in an out of the Strip, stressing that “We continue to seek the full reopening of all legitimate crossings.” He noted the importance of continuing to combat weapons smuggling.
Noting the closure of a Gaza youth NGO and efforts to intrusively audit international NGOs, Mr.
Serry called on Hamas to fully respect “the free and independent exercise of the functions of these Organizations”. He also urge “full respect for the work of UN agencies”, noting that some of their activities in support of Palestinian beneficiaries had been misrepresented recently.

ENDS ..Read all the other UN Resolution on Palestine Matter

Well Politicians knows how to built a case, they know how to structure the wording to make them sound accommodating to their ultimate goals take for instance this three statements:

“shape a legitimate and balanced way forward that helps the parties overcome their differences and ultimately return to negotiations.

With this is de legitimizing the right Palestinians aspirations to self determination, even in her bid for the UN, he is taking away her right to conduct herself as a state,  and taking the task to the hands of the “Quartet” and telling straight forward to Palestine that there is no UN Vote, that they have to keep “negotiating” and that is the problem, more time passes there is no land to negotiate, all the rights will be taken away, the only thing to be negotiated will be their right to stay Muslims in a Jew State, that what will boil down to the end, if Palestine do not move forward with the UN Vote in her favor.

“the Palestinian Authority is ready to assume the responsibilities of statehood at any point in the near future.” 

He knows that he carries official weight for the Palestinian Bid in SEPTEMBER, so he is sure to leave dates out, the Oslo Accords signed back in 1993 did have a date of “No later than 1996” a resolution should have been meet on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Off course in 1993 Oslo Accords, the most important issues were purposely left out.
Refugee Return, Jerusalem, Settlements expansion, security and BORDERS.

“without a credible political path forward, accompanied by more far-reaching steps on the ground, the viability of the Palestinian Authority and its state building agenda – and, I fear, of the two State solution itself – cannot be taken for granted,”

What is he saying with these classic  political demagogy , pure rhetoric with no clear meaning. Both of the above statements “credible political path forward” what is that? absolute nothing, Ah! the the second very clearly is sending the political message; “The viability of the Palestinian Authority and its State Building Agenda-AND , I FEAR THE TWO STATE SOLUTION ITSELF- CAN NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. ” he gave his verdict to the case, he is denying Palestine her right to be a viable State, and not because Palestine is not capable, but because UN the club make sure Palestine stay subservient of Israel and in a NEAR FUTURE, taking more land until there is no more to claim for a State. which will bring to memory Bush Speech  in Public Television US official approval  to Israel keep the Settlements Expansion, and really is not that Israel need US permission but with this gimmicks and political charged statements the congress get away to granting money to Israel.

Part I – The Palestinians Go to the UN

On 26 July 2011 Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, appeared before the UN Security Council. Mr Serry is a career Dutch diplomat and had led the Middle Eastern Affairs Division of the Dutch Foreign Ministry. There is every reason to believe that he knows what he is talking about.

He told the Security Council that the “peace process”, that is the political process allegedly seeking a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, had reached a stage of “profound and persistent deadlock”. Attempts to resume negotiations are “extremely difficult”, he said. And, “in the absence of a framework for meaningful talks, and with Israeli settlement activity continuing, the Palestinians are actively exploring approaching the UN”. That is actively considering asking for UN recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state within pre-1967 borders.

Mr Serry’s description of the negotiations seems pretty straightforward. The two sides are at a dead end. And, as Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat noted, this dead end follows negotiations that have stretched out over at least 20 years.

“The reason decades of negotiation have settled nothing is because they were meant to settle nothing. The Israelis from the word go used the ‘peace process’ as a cover to steal Palestinian property.”

Indeed, we know that in the most recent phase of these marathon negotiations the Palestinian team had dropped just about all of their original demands. Erekat told US Middle East envoy George Mitchell that the Palestinian negotiators had done everything but “convert to Zionism”.

Yet, the Israelis scorned the Palestinians offered compromises. As Mr Serry indicated, Israel’s settlement of Palestinian land continues. In fact, throughout this entire 20 year process colonization has gone on unabated. And, of course, all of it is illegal under the Geneva Conventions. One of the reasons that restarting any negotiations is so “extremely difficult” is that the Palestinian side has insisted that, as a prerequisite for any new talks, Israel must begin to abide by international law. Israel has refused.

So, it might come as something of a surprise to the uninitiated observer that Israel and the United States are pointing fingers at the Palestinians in this affair.

For instance, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, stated in the Security Council on 26 July that “now is the time for the international community to tell the Palestinian leadership what it refuses to tell its own people – there are no shortcuts to statehood. You cannot bypass the only path to peace.”

For the initiated this statement makes no sense at all. If 20 years of negotiating gets you nothing but more violence and more theft, to describe that process as the “only path to peace” is to contradict yourself. Something that has proven incapable of achieving X, cannot be the “only path” to X. Just so, to say that there can be no shortcuts to X and therefore one must persist along a road that has historically proven not lead to X is, well, a non-sequitur.

Israel’s staunch ally, the United States, also opposes, with equal illogic, the Palestinian move toward UN recognition. Rosemary DiCarlo, the US deputy ambassador to the UN, announced that the US will oppose any “unilateral action”on the part of the Palestinians at the UN. She interpreted the Palestinian move as an effort to “isolate Israel at the United Nations”. She insisted that the Palestinians resume negotiations.

In response to DiCarlo, Riyad Mansour, Palestine’s UN observer, pointed out that “120 countries already recognize an independent Palestinian state” and so coming to the UN is hardly a “unilateral” action on the part of the Palestinians. He went on to explain that UN recognition of a Palestinian state at this time would be “the consecration of the of the two-state solution” and help make that solution more inevitable.

Unfortunately for Mansour, his words belie the fact that Israel has no intention of allowing a meaningful two-state solution. In fact, all this Palestinian National Authority (PNA) talk and manoeuvring goes on against the background of a stark reality: Israel is inexorably eating up Palestine. The reason decades of negotiation have settled nothing is because they were meant to settle nothing. The Israelis from the word go used the “peace process” as a cover to steal Palestinian property. They are close now to being able to present the world with a fait accompli, those ugly “facts on the ground” and they don’t want any complications.

What sort of complications? Actually, these are more psychological than concrete. As Ali Abunimah has pointed out, the United Nations has never done anything to stop Israeli theft and this “symbolic” gesture of UN recognition will not impact it either. So why should the Israelis care?

Well, here are a couple of possibilities: a) such a move toward recognition on the part of the UN General Assembly would actually replicate the process by which Israel itself became recognized as a state and b) this move would also echo the original intention of the UN to have Palestine divided between Jews and Arabs. Psychologically, the entire process must resonate deeply within Israeli/Zionist consciousness. It is giving them a sort of national anxiety attack.
Alternatives

Leaving aside Israel’s psychological angst and the PNA’s fantasy that their manoeuvres will make a viable solution “inevitable,” we come back to the question of what is really most likely to work in the long term? I think that we have to confront some hard truths at this point.

1. Israel will continue to illegally swallow Palestine. For the Zionists this is a zero sum, one-state game.

2. The United States will continue be an accomplice to the crime by protecting the criminal.

3. The PNA is helpless to stop this.

4. Sadly, the peace process is a fraud. A cover for the on-going crime.

So what is the path of resistance that has the greatest chance of changing the facts on the ground?

1. Well there is Hamas. Hamas is in fact the real government in Palestine if we are to take seriously the notion of democracy. That was confirmed by its victory in free and fair elections in January 2006. That makes Hamas a lot more legitimate than the present PNA and in fact as legitimate as the Israeli government. True, Hamas refuses to recognize Israel and would destroy the Zionist state if it could. But then Israel refuses to recognize Hamas and is in fact trying to destroy it. Both governments have used terrorist methods, though Israel has used them more consistently. In the end the real issue is, once more, one of power. Hamas cannot destroy Israel. Ultimately Israel can destroy Hamas. As an option for long-term success, for changing the facts on the ground, Hamas does not look like the answer.

2. That brings us back to BDS: boycott, divestment and sanctions. The Israeli historian and advocate of Palestinian rights, Ilan Pappe, has pointed out that BDS, as part and parcel of an overall “civil society struggle in support of Palestinian rights, has been successful in key European countries”.

There can be little doubt that public opinion is shifting away from Israel even in the heartland of Zionist influence, the United States. The aim of this movement is to replicate with Israel the process that brought apartheid South Africa to its knees. And, through this process, to actually realize a one-state solution for Palestine. Not, of course, the one-state solution the Israelis seek, but rather a new state of Palestine/Israel that offers “equality and prosperity for all the people who live there now or were expelled from it by force in the last 63 years.”

In my opinion there is actually a good chance that a worldwide BDS movement, growing steadily for say the next quarter century, can actually achieve the de-Zionization of Israel. On the other hand, creating “equality” and “prosperity” in the new state that results will have its own problems, but that is a different struggle for a different time.

Right now, Ali Abunimah is right, UN recognition of Palestine as a pseudo state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip will solve nothing and may well cause more problems for the Palestinians on the ground. Alternatively, boycott, divestment and sanctions within the context of increasing worldwide awareness of Israel’s essential racist nature shows real promise of results in the long term.

We should go with what works.

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