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Israeli Settlement Construction Jeopardizes Palestinian Statehood Plans

  Israeli Settlement Construction Jeopardizes Palestinian Statehood Plans - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians want and deserve long denied full UN de jure membership and official statehood recognition, including all rights granted other members.

 

On September 23, Abbas formally petitioned the Security Council. Normally it reviews applications for a maximum 35 days. Whether or not America vetos Palestine's bid is irrelevant. It solely recommends. Only the General Assembly admits new members.

Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others

  Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others - by Stephen Lendman

 

In mid-October, Netanyahu's cabinet agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian political prisoners in two waves (including 27 women and nearly 300 children) in return for Hamas releasing Gilad Shalit after over five years in captivity.

 

Wave one is completed, freeing 477 Palestinians. In two months, phase two will release another 550. According to terms, 203 will be deported, 40 exiled overseas, and 163 expelled to Gaza.

Life in East Jerusalem

  Life in East Jerusalem - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians suffer grievously under occupation, including in East Jerusalem. Israel wants it entirely Judaized as its capital even though legally it's an international city under UN trusteeship.

 

No matter. Palestinians face daily hardships and abuses, including its elected officials.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Prisoner Swap

  Israeli/Palestinian Prisoner Swap - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since Hamas captured Gilad Shalit on June 25, 2006, on and off talks negotiated his release. 

 

Hamas took him captive, responding to repeated Israeli attacks, including a widely reported beach shelling. It killed eight Palestinians, injuring 32 others, including 13 children. Israel denied responsibility, falsely blaming a Hamas mine despite forensic evidence proving otherwise.

Abbas, UN Membership and Peace Talks

  Abbas, UN Membership and Peace Talks - by Stephen Lendman

 

Globetrotting to enlist UN membership support, Abbas told Time magazine in Columbia on October 11 that he'll resume talks if Israel accepts the Quartet's proposal.

 

Israeli-Style Peace and Justice

  Israeli-Style Peace and Justice - by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel is a repressive rogue state. Netanyahu bombs Gaza and attacks fishermen while talking peace.

 

On October 10, without provocation, Israeli jets bombed northern Gaza. An explosion rocked Rafah city. So far, no cause is known but Israel most likely is responsible.

 

Anti-Defamation League Assails Palestinian UN Membership

  Anti-Defamation League Assails Palestinian UN Membership - by Stephen Lendman

 

For nearly a century, ADL falsely called itself "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency (fighting) anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry...." 

 

Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell

  Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell - by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel treats Palestinian prisoners horrifically. In detention, interrogations include torture, intimidation and other abuses. 

 

"Security prisoners" are punitively isolated for extended periods. Others for any reason or none at all face similar short or longer-term treatment.

 

Israeli Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid: Crimes Against Humanity

  Israeli Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid: Crimes Against Humanity - by Stephen Lendman

 

Colonialism and apartheid are especially serious international law breaches because they fundamentally violate core legal principles and values. 

 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed self-determination as an essential principle of international law. All states must respect and promote it. Colonial occupation is in clear violation.

Israeli State Terror Belies Wanting Peace

  Israeli State Terror Belies Wanting Peace - by Stephen Lendman

 

In his book "Overcoming Zionism," Joel Kovel called Israel "a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses" led by terrorists posing as democrats.

 

Throughout its history, Israeli policy toward Arabs has been corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful. 

Palestinian Freedom Later, Not Now

  Palestinian Freedom Later, Not Now - by Stephen Lendman

 

On October 2, Haaretz said "Israel accepts Quartet peace plan," making Palestinian UN membership conditional on negotiating peace with an unwilling partner.

 

No matter that decades of on-and-off talks never achieved resolution and won't now. 

Abbas Feeling Heavy-Handed Pressure

  Abbas Feeling Heavy-Handed Pressure - by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington wants Abbas' UN membership Security Council application tabled in limbo for months. On September 28, it was sent to a standing admissions committee.

 

On September 30, New York Times writer Neil MacFarquhar headlined, "Palestinian Request Sent to Experts," saying:

23 people injured during settler attack on Palestinians and Israeli activists

This morning (30/9) Israeli activists and Palestinians were attacked by settlers near the settlement of Atarot. The landowner of the plot to which the activists came in order to plant trees was also attacked by the settlers who cracked his head open, as well as attacking his wife. The two were have been hospitalized at Hadasa Ein Karem hospital.
 
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Police officers who were present at the scene did nothing while the activists were beaten and their cameras smashed. Some of the attackers wore police shirts and carried service weapons, which attests to the fact that they are a part of the police force even though they were off duty.

Three other activists have been hospitalized at Hadassa Ein Karem and an additional three have been arrested by the police, who have NOT arrested any of the assaulting settlers, in spite of having witnessed everything.

Later this evening, more activists arrived to protest against the pogrom which had taken place earlier. They too were attacked and beaten, with stoned being thrown at them too. In spite of police presence at the scene, the police did nothing.

As a result of the second attack, 19 people have been injured, requiring medical attention, and three have been hospitalized at Hadasa Ein Karem. Again, several cameras were destroyed. Moreover, cars belonging to the activists, which were parked outside the settlement of Atarot, were damaged by the attackers, who smashed windshields and head and tail lights, as well as puncturing tires.
 
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Palestinian UN Membership Roulette

  Palestinian UN Membership Roulette - by Stephen Lendman

 

As Palestinian legal advisor in 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its Declaration of Independence, creating a Palestinian state. 

 

Palestinians now want and deserve official recognition and full de jure UN membership. Washington and Israel remain obstructionist. 

 

Israeli West Bank Annexation Bill

  Israeli West Bank Annexation Bill - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians petitioned the UN for sovereign recognition and full UN membership.

 

Four extremist MKs responded, calling for West Bank settlements annexed. A previous article explained, accessed through the following link:

 

Ahmad Qatamesh: Israeli Prisoner of Conscience

  Ahmad Qatamesh: Israeli Prisoner of Conscience - by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 21, 2011 at 2:00AM, Israeli soldiers arrested Qatamesh at his brother's Ramallah home.

 

An hour earlier, his wife (Suha), daughter (Hanin), and two female relatives were held hostage to force his surrender.

 

Calls to Annex West Bank Settlements

  Calls to Annex West Bank Settlements - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since 1967, Israel established 121 settlements, recognized by the Interior Ministry as "communities." Another 100 unauthorized outposts were built. 

 

In addition, 12 annexed Jerusalem neighborhoods are considered settlements under international law. Moreover, settler enclaves exist in Palestinian East Jerusalem areas. They include:

Obstructing Palestinian Statehood Begins

  Obstructing Palestinian Statehood Begins - by Stephen Lendman

 

On September 23 in New York, a State Department "Special Briefing" was held. An unnamed "Senior Administration Official" commented on the Quartet's Palestinian statehood proposal, saying:

 

Quartet Anti-Palestinian Statehood Proposal

  Quartet Anti-Palestinian Statehood Proposal - by Stephen Lendman

 

Quartet representatives UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Middle East envoy Tony Blair, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy High Representative Catherine Aston explained its elements.

 

AIPAC's Ugly Agenda

  AIPAC's Ugly Agenda: by Stephen Lendman

 

AIPAC is an unregistered foreign agent representing Israel. Edward Said once called it "the most powerful and feared lobby in Washington."

 

Calling itself "America's Pro-Israel Lobby," it's represented Israeli interests since founded in 1953. In 1963, it was incorporated as a division of the American Zionist Council (AZC), its precursor.

 

Netanyahu and Obama Spurn Peace

  Netanyahu and Obama Spurn Peace - by Stephen Lendman

 

As a belligerent modern-day Sparta, Israel is a pariah state. Netanyahu exceeds the worst of Ariel Sharon. 

 

His government is Israel's worst ever. His majority Knesset allies are rogue, racist criminals, operating outside international law.

 

No Peace or Justice in Our Time with Netanyahu

  No Peace or Justice in Our Time with Netanyahu - by Stephen Lendman

 

Like his Washington paymaster/partner, Netanyahu deplores peace. Initiating talks never worked before and won't now.

 

Speaking privately at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York, Bill Clinton said Netanyahu lost interest because Palestine has a president he controls, and normalizing relations with the Arab world is within reach.

 

Resuming Peace Process Hypocrisy to Subvert Palestinian Statehood

  Resuming Peace Process Hypocrisy to Subvert Palestinian Statehood - by Stephen Lendman

 

On September 20, London Guardian writer Chris McGreal headlined, "Palestinian statehood: plan emerges to avoid UN showdown," saying:

 

Palestinian Statehood: If not Now, When?

  Palestinian Statehood: If not Now, When? by Stephen Lendman

 

After 63 years, including 44 under occupation, 85% of Palestinians want statehood now, not later or perhaps never.

 

Israel and Washington object, wanting permanent occupation and subjugation. 

 

Obama and Netanyahu to Palestinians on Statehood: Go to Hell

  Obama and Netanyahu to Palestinians on Statehood: Go to Hell - by Stephen Lendman

 

"(T)he (UN) General Assembly shall meet every year in regular session commencing on the Tuesday of the third week in September, counting from the first week that contains at least one working day."

 

The 66th session began Tuesday, September 13. Access its agenda through the following link:

 

Abbas Speech Signals Capitulation

  Abbas Speech Signals Capitulation - by Stephen Lendman

 

Without saying it, he left little doubt how he'll petition the UN on September 23.

 

Speaking on television from Ramallah, he said:

 

"We are going to the United Nations to request our legitimate right, obtaining full membership for Palestine in this organization."

Palestine's Rocky Road to Statehood

  Palestine's Rocky Road to Statehood - by Stephen Lendman

 

Some roads prove too rocky to traverse, especially when opposition against the real thing comes from alleged supportive allies.

 

The worst of all enemies often are traitors to a just cause. That in a word sums up Palestine's dilemma as loyalists count down to September's General Assembly meeting next week. 

 

Israeli Police State Crackdowns Against Palestinian Demonstrators

  Israeli Police State Crackdowns on Palestinian Demonstrators - by Stephen Lendman

 

America's First Amendment guarantees free assembly. No matter. Demonstrators for social, economic and political justice are assaulted and arrested.

 

For weeks, hundreds of peaceful environmental protesters in front of the White House against a controversial 1,661-mile Alberta, Canada to Port Arthur, TX pipeline have been arrested for exercising their constitutional rights - whatever the issue.

Face-Off: Palestine v. Washington/Israel on Statehood

  Face-Off: Palestine v. Washington/Israel on Statehood - by Stephen Lendman

 

With the moment of truth arriving next week, rhetoric from both sides suggests Palestinians again will lose out.

 

Instead of an advocate representing them in New York, a collaborationist apparently will show up. Public statements and body language say so.

 

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