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September 20, 2017 4:10 pm

In UN General Assembly Speeches, Palestinian and Iranian Leaders Savage Israel and Zionism

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Photo: UN.

Attacks on Israel’s legitimacy were in full flow at the UN General Assembly session in New York City on Wednesday, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the 1917 Balfour Declaration — in which Britain announced its support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” — as a “crime against our people,” while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the Jewish state as “the rogue Zionist regime,” in language harking back to the “Zionism-is-racism” days at the world body during the 1970s.

In an angry speech in which he repeatedly accused Israel of violating international law and abandoning the two-state solution, Abbas — moments after wishing Jews a “Happy New Year” on the eve of Rosh Hashanah — slammed the United Kingdom for having launched the process which led to the creation of the State of Israel in the first place.

Abbas charged the British with having “inflicted a grave injustice on the Palestinian people” by issuing the Balfour Declaration, asserting that in 1917, “97 percent of the inhabitants of Palestine were Palestinians.” While 90,000 Jews lived in Palestine at the time, out of a total population of 600,000, the PLO — of which Abbas is the chairman — declares in its charter that Jews who “normally resided” in the country before the “Zionist invasion” of 1917 “will be considered Palestinians.”

Claiming that the Palestine of 1917 was a “prosperous, progressive” country, Abbas said that the Balfour Declaration and the subsequent imposition of the British Mandate amounted to a “historical injustice.”

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“What is worse is that this November, [the British government] wants to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this crime against our people,” Abbas said, before calling on the UK to “apologize” for the Balfour Declaration as well as “provide compensation.”

The uncompromising tone of Abbas’s comments on the Balfour Declaration was reflected in the rest of the Palestinian leader’s speech. Abbas furiously attacked American and Israeli efforts to end discrimination against the Jewish state at the UN, calling on the Human Rights Council to retain its notorious permanent “Agenda Item Seven,” which focuses exclusively on alleged Israeli transgressions.

Continually accusing Israel of practicing “apartheid,” Abbas called for a boycott of the country — albeit without mentioning the activist phrase “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS). The “international community,” he said, had to end “all forms of direct and indirect support to the occupation,” and he demanded that Israel be confronted with an international onslaught “similar to the international community’s approach to the apartheid regime in South Africa.”

Abbas also called for the publication of the Human Rights Council’s so-called “blacklist” of companies that conduct business with Israeli communities in the West Bank. “Why should we hide this list?” Abbas asked rhetorically. “It is like terrorism — everyone should see this list to know who violates international law.”

Abbas restated his commitment to the Palestinian “right of return,” regarded by most Israelis as code for the destruction of the Jewish state, positioning it as a critical final-status issue that could only be negotiated once Israel agreed to substantial territorial concessions. Insisting the Israel has foregone the two-state solution, he nevertheless thanked outside parties, including the US President Donald Trump’s administration, for attempting to revive peace negotiations.

Nor was there any change announced to the PA’s policy of paying monthly stipends to convicted terrorists and their families at a cost of more than $300 million annually. Avoiding the payments question specifically, Abbas announced, “I salute our glorious martyrs and courageous prisoners in Israeli jails, and I tell them all that freedom is coming and that the occupation shall come to an end.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon expressed disgust with Abbas’ speech.

“Mahmoud Abbas has spread falsehoods from the UN podium which encourage hate, instead of ending the education towards violence in the PA,” Danon stated. “Today’s lies and excuses have proven once again that the Palestinian leadership is a serial evader of peace.”

Rouhani, meanwhile, could not even bring himself to utter the word “Israel” during his own address to the General Assembly earlier on Wednesday.

After issuing a call for “moderation,” Rouhani went on to say it was “reprehensible that the rogue Zionist regime that threatens international and regional security with its nuclear arsenal has the audacity to preach to peaceful nations.”

In another part of his speech, Rouhani described Israel as “the rogue racist regime,” before calling Israelis “usurpers” who had “trampled on the basic rights of the Palestinians.”

Rouhani restated that Iran would not accept any renegotiation of the July 2015 nuclear deal it agreed to with six world powers. The Iranian president also denied his country was dispatching its own troops abroad and supporting proxies, such as Hezbollah, throughout the Middle East, claiming, “We do not export our revolution through force of arms.”

“We enter hearts and engage minds, we recite our poetry and engage in discourse on our philosophers,” Rouhani said. “Our ambassadors are poets, mystics and philosophers.”

Like Abbas, Rouhani also offered Jewish New Year greetings, saying, “We rescued the Jews from Babylonian servitude” — a reference to the ancient Emperor Cyrus, who reigned in Persia one thousand years before the Islamic conquest, and who is revered in the Jewish Bible for having rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem.

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  • Thought is Free

    What a pair of liars Rouhani and Abbas are! So Cyrus was a Muslim, 1000 years before Muhammed? What garbage! And the 60,000 Jews in Turkish Palestine were Palestinians? Nonsense! Their pack of lies is just part of the Islamic Sharia law that you must lie to confuse your enemies. And the UN, to its shame, lets them peddle this trash.

  • Marc

    A Two Citizenships Solution vs. a Jewish-Arab State >>

    The number of Arabs and Jews living west of the Jordan River is approximately the same. A two states solution is meaningless without changing citizenship of Israeli Arabs.
    Israeli Arabs obtained Israeli citizenship illegally and against international law. In 1952, Jews rashly presented the Arabs with Israeli citizenship. Unfortunately, Israel long ago became a bi-national , it’s an incubator for Arab people. Arabs hate Jewish state. This can lead to events such as those that occur in Syria.
    Jews will not survive in a bi-national state.
    Israel must stop to impose Israeli citizenship to the hostile nation.

    Immediately after the establishment of a new Arab state west of the Jordan River ( or return Jordanian rule ), the Arabs of Haifa, Nazareth, Lod, Galilee, Negev, Jerusalem etc. must become citizens of their new (old) state.
    If the Jews do not want to continue to live in a bi-national state, and within a generation become a minority in Israel, they must prepare for a referendum (as in Scotland) based on the UN resolution to divide Palestine for Jews and Arabs.

    Fatah-Hamas government requires land free of Jews.
    Therefore, Israeli demands are legitimate and forced:
    1. To divide National Insurance for Jews and Arabs, by forming the funds from taxes collected separately from Jews and Arabs.
    2. To employ only the Arabs, who will replace Israeli citizenship to the status of Israel’s residents.
    3. Deductions from wages ( income tax and health tax) of Arab residents to transfer to the Palestinian Authority , of course along with responsibility for health, education , jobs and pensions to all Arabs who wish to remain in Israel.

    It’s possible to separate from the Arabs according to law, as the Irish and the British, as the Czechs and the Slovaks or as the Greeks and the Turks in Cyprus . First to separate economically and then geographically.
    Palestinian-Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs, Israeli citizenship to the Jews.
    Two Nations – Two States – Two Citizenships !
    The only sustainable long term solution is:
    The Arabs should be ruled by the Arab administration and the Jews should be governed by the Jewish government.

  • Marc

    A Two Citizenships Solution vs. a Jewish-Arab State >>

    The number of Arabs and Jews living west of the Jordan River is approximately the same. A two states solution is meaningless without changing citizenship of Israeli Arabs.
    Israeli Arabs obtained Israeli citizenship illegally and against international law. In 1952, Jews rashly presented the Arabs with Israeli citizenship. Unfortunately, Israel long ago became a bi-national , it’s an incubator for Arab people.
    Arabs hate Jewish state. This can lead to events such as those that occur in Syria. Jews will not survive in a bi-national state.
    Israel must stop to impose Israeli citizenship to the hostile nation.

    Immediately after the establishment of a new Arab state west of the Jordan River ( or return Jordanian rule ), the Arabs of Haifa, Nazareth, Lod, Galilee, Negev, Jerusalem etc. must become citizens of their new (old) state.
    If the Jews do not want to continue to live in a bi-national state, and within a generation become a minority in Israel, they must prepare for a referendum (as in Scotland) based on the UN resolution to divide Palestine for Jews and Arabs.

    Fatah-Hamas government requires land free of Jews.
    Therefore, Israeli demands are legitimate and forced:
    1. To divide National Insurance for Jews and Arabs, by forming the funds from taxes collected separately from Jews and Arabs.
    2. To employ only the Arabs, who will replace Israeli citizenship to the status of Israel’s residents.
    3. Deductions from wages ( income tax and health tax) of Arab residents to transfer to the Palestinian Authority , of course along with responsibility for health, education , jobs and pensions to all Arabs who wish to remain in Israel.

    It’s possible to separate from the Arabs according to law, as the Irish and the British, as the Czechs and the Slovaks or as the Greeks and the Turks in Cyprus . First to separate economically and then geographically.
    Palestinian-Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs, Israeli citizenship to the Jews.
    Two Nations – Two States – Two Citizenships !
    The only sustainable long term solution is:
    The Arabs should be ruled by the Arab administration and the Jews should be governed by the Jewish government.

  • John Rogers

    Is not the UN really another name for the OIC, Organization of Islamic Cooperation?

  • Howard Schaerf

    Iran confirmed the Jewish claim of primary sovereign rights by citing the role of Cyrus in rebuilding the Temple in the 6TH CENTURY BCE.ABBAS’S ”glorious martyrs & courageous persons” reference demonstrate his own dishonesty& illegitimacy!

  • Peter

    I would have been very disappointed if both of them would have said anything less than what they did as they really think that they can manipulate the world with their lies and deceits!!!!

  • Peter Joffe

    The UN is the center of Jewish Hatred and it is way past time that it is moved to Iran where it will be better suited. The UN serves the purposes of Islam evil.

  • Neil Klein

    It’s an insult to pigs to refer to Abbas & rouhani as pigs!!! abbas, rouhani & rocket man should all be eliminated if need be to stop their genocidal ideas!!!

  • SAWolf

    What does Israel bring to the World? More and more Nations know the muslims offer nothing, but forced ,”Submission”. Only the very insane would choose the 7th Century over the 21st.

  • Efram Paul

    Two of the most despicable people of our time spouting their antisemitic nonsense. If you want to see why the UN is a bigoted worthless drain of funds, those two epitomize it.

  • graylens

    Abbas’ actions and statements are in total rejection of the Oslo Accords. Abbas and the pa were supposed to fight terrorism and normalize relations with Israel. It also shows that Abbas , the pa et al have no intention to actually seek a real peace with Israel.

  • garry pollack

    There’s more chance of my comment Not! being put on hold than peace in the ME!!!

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