UN Legitimizes Palestinian Terror Regimes in Judea/Samaria/Gaza

November 30, 2012 3:52 pm 7 comments

Palestinian Authority President Abbas at the United Nations.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has voted to make ‘Palestine’ a ‘non-member state’ of the UN. This has done no less than legitimize the two Palestinian regimes that promote terrorism, murdering Jews and Israel’s destruction. How can the world claim to be fighting terrorism when it has just declared that two terrorist regimes should enjoy sovereignty?

For years, the UN, controlled by a majority composed of dictatorships and tyrannies, has frequently supported odious and evil causes. This is the organization which gave us the infamous ‘Zionism is racism’ resolution among scores of other anti-Israel, anti-American, anti-democratic resolutions. It is the body that appointed Libya to its Human Rights Council and Iran to its Committee on the Status of Women.

True, UNGA resolutions are non-binding and have no legal force; only Security Council resolutions have legal force. Nonetheless, the Palestinian movement enjoyed a victory. Why? Because this resolution gives aid and comfort to its cause – its actual cause of eliminating Israel as a sovereign Jewish state, not its fictitious cause of creating a peaceful Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Consider Fatah/Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas’ choice of language. He falsely called the state he professes to wish to live peacefully alongside “racist” and guilty of creating “apartheid” and a “colonial occupation.” No-one makes peace with racism or apartheid or colonial entities – they dismantle them. Can any other meaning be read into  Abbas’ words in 2010 to Arab journalists – “If [Arab states] want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favor”?

Abbas insisted, citing UNGA’s 1949 resolution 194 (rejected by all Arab states at the time), on the legally baseless so-called ‘right of return’ of Palestinian refugees of the 1948-9 war and their millions of descendants to Israel, which would end Israel as a Jewish state.

The horrid irony is that Abbas’ cause fits the lurid description he applied to Israel. His Fatah party still calls in its Constitution for the destruction of Israel (Article 13) and the use of terrorism as an essential element in the struggle to achieve that goal (Article 19). Indeed, Fatah’s emblem depicts the whole of Israel re-labelled ‘Palestine,’ flanked by images of a Kalashnikov rifle and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat. Hamas, which controls Gaza, a portion of the territory Abbas is claiming or statehood, calls in its Charter for the destruction of Israel (Article 15) and the murder of Jews (Article 7).

Senior PA officials, including Abbas, Saeb Erekat, Ahmed Qurei and others have clearly insisted that a Palestinian state be Jew-free. The PA also does not accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. Abbas has said this several times; so have other PA officials. Nor has the PA fulfilled its Oslo obligations to dismantle terrorist groups and to end incitement to hatred and murder against Israel in its schools, media and speeches. To the contrary, the PA calls terrorists shahids (‘martyrs’) and officially honors and glorifies dead terrorists, like Dalal Mughrabi, naming schools, streets and sports teams after them. The PA refuses to arrest terrorists and pressures Israel to free Jew-killers it has imprisoned – scarcely the action of a regime interested in making peace and ending violence.

The Palestinian goal has never been statehood; it has been preventing or destroying Jewish statehood. The proof is that, whenever offered statehood alongside a Jewish state – in 1937 (Peel Commission), 1947 (UN partition plan), 2000 (Barak/ Clinton plan) or 2008 (Olmert plan) – they turned it down.

What then did the PA hope to achieve? Broadly, three things:

  • Statehood without signing peace with Israel and ending the conflict.
  • UN affirmation that all of Judea/Samaria, Gaza and eastern Jerusalem is ‘Palestinian’ and, where still with an Israeli presence, ‘occupied’ rather than ‘disputed.
  • Enabling continued conflict with Israel with recourse to international organs that such a declaration will facilitate. As Abbas wrote in May 2011 in the New York Times, “Palestine’s admission to the United Nations … would also pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies and the International Court of Justice.” The events of this week have confirmed this Palestinian intention. Several states, reluctant to oppose the Palestinian UN bid, implored the PA to amend its resolution to indicate it would not pursue legal vendettas against Israel. The PA refused.

By voting to approve the PA as a non-member state, the UN has enabled Abbas’ Fatah/PA to take steps in the direction of all these goals. It has served to delegitimize Israel and demonize Jews living beyond the 1949 armistice lines – even Jews living in the eastern suburbs of Jerusalem and the Old City. It is a step towards a sovereign terror state that will share its longest border with Israel. It may be a prelude to more unrest and violence, not peace.

The Obama Administration and several other countries correctly opposed the Palestinian UN statehood bid. Now it is the turn of the U.S. Congress. The U.S. can cut aid to the PA, which has after all circumvented U.S.-sponsored negotiations and ignored U.S. opposition to this UN move. Also, as former UN ambassador John Bolton argued last year, Congress should legislate a cutoff of all U.S. contributions to any UN agency that acknowledges or authorizes Palestinian statehood. The U.S. provides nearly a quarter of the UN’s regular budget, which in turns funds major UN organs. The UN can decide if it wants Palestinian ‘statehood’ more than U.S. funding.

Morton A. Klein is President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and Dr. Daniel Mandel is Director of the ZOA’s Center for Middle East Policy.

7 Comments

  • So Israel is fighting the French “colonial powers” ! Never heard of the Geneva Convention of 1949, have you ? Of course not, it’s easy to pretend you are a “Western democracy” when you are surrounded by dictatorships. http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20130921-french-diplomat-thrown-ground-israeli-troops-aid-seized

  • To the UN belongs a great Mazal-Tov. They have now brought into the world the Golem State of Palestine. Unlike the original primitive type, this one is also endowed with multiple personalities. It has both a yetzer kleptocrat and a yetzer theocrat. The blessings of peace this will bestow on those living in its shadow (and even more so to those living under its thrall)can not be overstated.

  • william is correct; no entity has done more to legitimize the false claims of the so-called Palestinians more than the State of Israel. As we see, diplomacy, such as Oslo, leads to progressively greater acts of terror. so, israel is complicit in the terror perpetrated against its own people. The delusional mindset of its leaders and its electorate must be expunged before we see any real progress toward the eradication of the evil that opposes Israel’s (and Jews’) existence.

  • Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas succeeded in his appeal at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 29, to upgrade the status of the PLO as an “observer state’ at the UN.

    All presentations that Abbas made to his people in the Arabic language made it clear that his concept of an “observer state” will include all of Palestine, “from the river to the sea”, in accordance with the PLO Covenant, which was never cancelled.

    As I write this memo, the PLO is organizing riots in Ramallah to mark the world’s recognition of a PLO state that will replace the state of Israel, in accordance with the PLO Covenant, which was never cancelled.

    PBC Radio today

    PBC, the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation Radio Station, the official voice of the Palestinian Authority.

    PBC Broadcast: 29/11/2012

    Time: 0845 AM

    “Today the whole world recognizes the criminality of the occupation, the existence of a Palestinian State. Everyone except the United States, which has prevented Palestinian aspirations in the past, and Micronesia, a country of only 30 kilometers.

    Today is a proud day to be a Palestinian, and we must be united. Today we take the first step towards ending the occupation, and reclaiming our homeland, from Gaza, to Nablus, Jerusalem, Haifa, Afula, all of Palestine.

    We will use our newfound recognition to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes against humanity in the past two weeks.

    We are all one Palestine, and now more than ever we must be united because this is the beginning of the end of the occupation.

    Our brothers in Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Gaza, we now all speak with one voice”.

    it is up to US citizen to write to every members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the US House Foreign Relations Committee,[members of both committees listed on the internet] to demand a suspension of US aid to the Palestinian Authority, as a response to their heinous action at the East River today.

    The Capitol switchboard number is: 202-224-3121. You can reach your representatives this way. The comment line for the White House is: 202-456-1111;1414. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, PRESIDENT ISRAEL ADVOCACYTASK FORCE

  • Israel has legitimated the PA and PLO far more than the UN has. Who do you think they signed the Oslo accord with? As for colonial states being targets for dismantling, Britain still seems to be around.

  • Joshka Wessels

    Sorry but Judea and Samaria do not legally exist! Get off your zionist planet. It’s Occupied Palestine now. It’s Occupied Palestinian Territory. Do you know what the word occupied and occupation actually means ? Just for the sake of analogy: if your neighbours start building in your backyard after they have bullied away your extended family from the house next to you and then they say “let’s negotiate”, what would you do ?

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