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December 27, 2016 5:09 am

The UN’s Land Grab in Israel

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United Nations member flags outside headquarters in Manhattan. Photo: Wikimedia commons.

United Nations member flags outside headquarters in Manhattan. Photo: Wikimedia commons.

The UN Security Council’s recent vote on Israel was not about “settlements.” It was a ruse to steal parts of Israel by calling these areas “illegally occupied Palestinian territory.”

Obama latched on to the idea, and helped lobby other countries to support the Resolution. Not too many people noticed John Kerry’s November New Zealand visit. Despite Kerry’s claim that the visit was about the Syrian conflict, I believe the true purpose was to discuss the impending Security Council meeting (New Zealand has a seat in the Security Council).

Egypt withdrew its sponsorship of the anti-Israel resolution due to Donald Trump. But it could have taken a quick phone call by Obama (or Biden) to get New Zealand to step in and join Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela as co-sponsors of the treacherous act.

Beyond the settlement issue, the wording of the Resolution wrongly claimed that “settlement in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including east Jerusalem has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”

UN Resolution 242, passed in 1967, called on Israel’s armed forces to withdraw from territory. It didn’t demand that Israel withdraw from all the territory, as Resolution 2334 does.

Resolution 242 acknowledged Israel’s right to protect itself and live in peace within secure and recognized borders. The newly adopted UNSC 2334 has the chutzpah to rename all of these areas as “occupied Palestinian territory.”

The Security Council has tried to convert a false definition into international law.

The Resolution ignored ongoing Palestinian terrorism and their failure to achieve any of the perquisites for a state — and it ignored the right of every country in the area to live in peace, particularly Israel, as demanded in UNSC Resolution 242.

Although the new Resolution is packed with demands for Israel, it makes no similar demands of the Palestinian Authority or of Hamas. In fact, Hamas is not mentioned at all– as if it doesn’t even exist.

The UNSC Resolution blankets Israel as the sole perpetrator of international lawlessness. It fails to recognize any Palestinian wrongdoing.

Both sides of the Palestinian political divide want to eradicate the Jewish state. The PLO and Hamas charters both call for the eventual destruction of Israel — and the murder of its Jews. This was not addressed by the UNSC.

The Oslo Accords divided Judea and Samaria into three zones. Area A was put under the civil and security administration of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Area B was given to the PA for their civil rule with security elements to be jointly shared by Israel and the PA.  And Area C was put under exclusive Israel civil and security control.

There are almost 600,000 Jews and less than 100,000 Arabs residing in Area C. The Palestinian Authority — with the assistance of EU countries — is illegally  transferring Bedouin Arabs into Area C. This is in direct violation of the Oslo Accords, which the UN has flagrantly disregarded.

Under the Oslo Accords, the status of Area C was supposed to be directly negotiated by Israel and the Palestinians. Instead, Area C has now been given the status of “illegally occupied Palestinian territory” by the United Nations. But this is simply not what was supposed to happen. The Oslo Accords never demand that Israel withdraw from this territory.

The most abhorrent aspect of the UNSC resolution is the fact that it tries to give control of all Jewish holy sites in the “occupied” areas to the Palestinians.

When the Security Council calls the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem — with its synagogues, yeshivot, Jewish population and businesses, the Jewish Temple Mount and the Western Wall, the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, the Hadassah Hospital and other profoundly Jewish Israeli institutions — “Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem,” this is a surrender that no Israeli government or any caring Jew is prepared to accept.

The fact that the United States, New Zealand, the UK and France lent their hand to this infamous act is appalling.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies and the author of the upcoming and timely book ‘1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’

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  • Mikel

    Barry the British got New Zealand to step forward.

  • I tell the Arab-Palestinians! Go ahead try and take my/our Jewish land if you want to try!
    There are laws that will stop you and than there is me/us the IDF and other forces that will stop you! We are done being pushed around by anyone and I mean anyone. We will fight back and defend ourselves; we will not let the Holocaust repeat itself – NEVER AGAIN.
    As it is now, Israel has the Jewish land by right!
    That is just the fact! Israel is in possession of its own historical land and possession is nine tenths of the law.
    I am also telling the rest of the world to mind its own business and stay out of Israel’s internal affairs; it includes any people in Israel who want to give away Jewish rights and heritage to others. That includes the criminal biased organization known as the U.N. a corrupt, biased and a parasitic enterprise that must be dismantled. As Jews we are prohibited in giving away Jewish land in Israel and if it given away it is not valid. (See Ben Gurion statement at the 1937 Zionist Convention.
    They, the world at large have their own problems to contend with.
    They were complicit during WWII when over 6 million Jews, men, women and children were exterminated. This will not happen again! The world stood by while the Arab countries terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and their children where they have lived for over 2600 years and confiscated all their assets. Most of those expelled Jewish families were resettled in The Land of Israel, their historical homeland.
    There is a real status quo that requires energy to make the change!
    Are you going to put in the energy to try to change it???
    Maybe it is better to cut your continued losses and accept whatever generous package we the Israelis offer you the Arab-Palestinians, because quite frankly under the current conditions we do not owe the Arab-Palestinians anything (there is also the Faisal Weizmann Agreement of 1919) and we can just unilaterally set our own legal borders insisting that viable land for real Arab-Palestinians self determination already exists in Jordan on Jewish allocated land and historical land (and expelling and confiscating all Jewish assets) which the British in violation of Agreements reallocated to the Arabs over 77% of Jewish allocated land under the San Remo Conference of 1920! The Arab countries were not satisfied with the over 12 million sq. km. with a wealth of oil reserves they were allocated after WWI.
    The Arab-Palestinian can also relocate to the Jewish homes and land (over 120,000 sq. km. which is 6 times the size of Israel) previously owned by the million Jewish families who were terrorized and expelled from Arab countries and all their assets and land confiscated by the Arab countries, the confiscated assets and land which is at over six times the size of Israel and is valued in the trillions of dollars.
    Israel has resettled the million Jewish families and their children the Jewish refugees expelled from Arab lands, with limited resources.
    It is time that the Arab countries resettle the Arab-Palestinians refugees, in Jordan which was suppose to be part of the Jewish state, or the homes and the over 120,000 sq. km. of land that the Arab countries confiscated from the million expelled Jews who owned it for over 2,400 years.
    The options we are proposing to the Arab-Palestinians is more than fair, considering you are constantly terrorizing and killing our people every chance you get. That is what you teach your Arab children and masses to do.
    It all depends on whether we can see the Arab-Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and there is nothing that they have ever done to date that can lead us to believe that they will be good peaceful neighbors!
    On the contrary; their actions and incitement has been more terror and violence, and the indiscriminate killing of men, women and children, including babies in their cribs. Trying to control the U.N. to get what you want unjustly will not work. Start working and stop milking the world nations for funds, which you use mainly to finance terror and violence and your corrupt leaders are stealing a good part of those funds.
    YJ Draiman

  • Sigfridiii

    Time to disband the UN and replace it with something fit for purpose.

    • Michael Cunningham

      Long past time, but why replace it?

  • Joseph Feld