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As Palestine’s flag is raised at U.N., Abbas dumps Oslo security obligations

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It was a big day for Palestine yesterday, as its flag was ceremoniously raised to a packed crowd outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City– the first time the State’s flag has been raised at the international body. President Mahmoud Abbas dedicated the ceremony to “the martyrs, the prisoners and the wounded, and to those who gave their lives while trying to raise this flag”.

Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly, stated “On this day, we are of course keenly aware of the urgent need for real improvements on the ground and a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – one that fulfills the vision of an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel.”

CNN’s coverage, Historic raising of Palestinian flag at United Nations referenced the event as a “watershed moment” and included a live broadcast of the flag raising. It said, “The General Assembly overwhelming voted for this flag raising and called in the resolution for Palestine to raise its flag.”

Onlookers take photographs of the Palestinian flag as it is being raised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony outside United Nations Headquarters in New York REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

People record Palestine’s flag being raised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony outside United Nations Headquarters in New York REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The U.N. resolution “Raising the flags of non-member observer States at the United Nations,” was adopted on September 10th. There are two non-member observer States whose flags shall fly at the world body’s headquarters along with flags of its 193 Member States: the State of Palestine and the Holy See (Vatican).

Palestinian President Abbas made a bold statement earlier in the day during his speech at the 70th session of UN General Assembly.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, New York Sept. 30, 2015 (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, New York Sept. 30, 2015 (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)

Abbas stated that he was dumping obligations to coordinate efforts to maintain security of Israel’s occupation of Palestine, as laid out in the ’93 Oslo Accords. Jessica Schulberg, foreign affairs reporter for Huffington Post, called the announcement a “bombshell” and reported it signaled a “desperate frustration with the status quo”, quoting President Abbas:

“Our patience for a long time has come to an end,” Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly. “Israel has left us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of those agreements while Israel continuously violates them……..

“Is it not time to end the racist, terrorist, colonialist settlement of our land, which is enjoying the two-state solution?” he asked. “Is it not time for the longest occupation in history, suffocating our people, to come to an end?”

L.A. Times reports that Abbas added, “We cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements with Israel, and Israel must assume fully all its responsibility as an occupying power”.

That’s got to be a nightmare scenario for Israel, not relying on Palestinians to participate in securing their own imprisonment. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blasted off a statement condemning the move as “deceitful and encourages incitement and lawlessness in the Middle East.”

It remains to be seen what will come of this. Mouin Rabbani, Senior Fellow with the Institute for Palestine Studies, isn’t impressed. He said Abbas was grandstanding and failed to propose anything other than the same tired policies, just a repeat of what he’s been saying for over a decade. The boy cried wolf and the sheep died of laughter. As expected, nothing new, at any level.” 

Analyst Diana Buttu, former advisor to Abbas and Palestinian negotiators, said Abbas’s statement that he’s no longer bound by Oslo as having “no practical significance unless and until he disbands the Palestinian Authority and begins pushing for equality in the form of one state.” She continued:

If Abbas is at all interested in seeing Palestinians free in his lifetime he will immediately press for Israel’s isolation on the international stage and support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement until Israel’s apartheid regime is ended.

And human rights attorney Noura Erakat aimed straight for the bullseye, targeting U.S. government complicity as “the primary culprit for this intransigence” in her criticism of Abbas’s speech:

Abbas rightly called out the UN for failing to resolve the conflict but did not highlight the role of the United States, the primary culprit for this intransigence. The U.S. continues to provide Israel with unequivocal military aid and impunity. Abbas’s blatant omission is an indication that the Palestinian leadership remains committed to the status quo of U.S.-brokered bilateral negotiations but is simply seeking better terms and a greater commitment from Israel. That said, Abbas did suggest the need for multilateralism when he nearly begged for international protection for Palestinians. Indeed, he has submitted a request for protection forces to the UN President in the past and it has been rejected.

It seems that anything outside of the U.S.’s strict purview is slandered as counterproductive to the peace process, as has been the case with recent attempts at the International Criminal Court and other multilateral bodies. The result of this position is plainly evidenced in the death of the two state solution and the steady consolidation of Israel’s jurisdiction as a singular apartheid regime.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Full Speech at the 70th Session of the U.N General Assembly follows:

“I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque, aimed at imposing a new reality and dividing Al-Haram Al-Sharif temporally, allowing extremists, under the protection of Israeli occupying forces and accompanying ministers and Knesset members, to enter the Mosque at certain times, while preventing Muslim worshippers from accessing and entering the Mosque at those times and freely exercising their religious rights.

This is the scheme that the Israeli Government is pursuing, in direct violation of the status quo since before 1967 and thereafter. By doing so, the occupying power is committing a grave mistake, because we will not accept this, and the Palestinian people will not allow the implementation of this illegal scheme, which is aggravating the sensitivities of Palestinians and Muslims everywhere.

I call on the Israeli Government, before it is too late, to cease its use of brutal force to impose its plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, for such actions will convert the conflict from a political to religious one, creating an explosive in Jerusalem and in the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my honor to come before you to speak on behalf of the State of Palestine before your esteemed General Assembly in this session, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, which has made the promotion and protection of international peace and security and the preservation of human rights its most central goals.

The question of Palestine was one of the first just issues brought before the United Nations from the time of its inception, and yet it remains unresolved until this moment, as the organization and its members continue to be unable to end this injustice inflicted upon our people and to assist our people to exercise their right to self-determination and freedom in their independent and sovereign State.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I ask you to consider the history of the question of Palestine and the relevant United Nations resolutions to realize the obvious truth: that a historic injustice has been inflicted upon a people and a homeland, a people that had lived peacefully in their land and made genuine intellectual, cultural and humanitarian contributions to mankind. This people do not deserve to be deprived of their homeland, to die in exile or be swallowed by the sea, or to spend their lives fleeing from one refugee camp to another. Yet regrettably, their just cause remains at a standstill after the passage of all these years.

Our people have placed their hopes on the countries of this organization to help them to gain their freedom, independence and sovereignty, so that their wish and right to their own State, like all other peoples of the Earth, can be achieved, along with a just solution for the Palestine refugee issue in accordance with General Assembly resolution 194 and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are calling for rightness, justice and peace. While Palestine was partitioned into two States – according to which Israel was established 67 years ago – the second part of that resolution still awaits implementation. Palestine, which is an observer State in the United Nations, deserves full recognition and full membership. It is unreasonable and painful – in light of all the enormous sacrifices we have made, our patience over all of these years of exile and suffering, and our acceptance to make peace according to the two-State solution based on international law, the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the Quartet Roadmap – that the question of Palestine unjustly remains unresolved.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Continuation of the status quo is completely unacceptable because it means surrender to the logic of the brute force being inflicted by the Israeli Government, as it continues its illegal settlement expansion in the West Bank, especially in Occupied East Jerusalem, and continues its blockade of the Gaza Strip, deepening the immense suffering of our people there, in defiance of United Nations resolutions and the agreements signed between the two sides under international auspices. We recall here the words of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1976, when he stated that Israel will become an apartheid State if it continues its occupation of the Palestinian Territory and described the Israeli settlements on Palestinian land as “cancer”.

The persistence of this matter prompts us to ask: do the votes by democratic countries against Palestine-related resolutions and the legitimate rights of our people serve peace and those who believe in the two-State solution? Or do they serve and encourage extremists and increase their hatred and racism, making them believe that they are above the law, to the point where they commit the burning of a Palestinian family in the town of Duma in the West Bank, claiming the lives of an infant, Ali Dawabsheh, and his father and mother? What is left of this family is an orphan child, Ahmed, 4-year old, who lies between life and death in the hospital as a result of his burns, while the killers remain free and have not yet been arrested.

This is not the first crime. Before, they burned alive and killed the Palestinian child, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, in Jerusalem, and the child Mohammed Al-Dura in Gaza, and before them thousands have been killed in Gaza and the West Bank. And, we still remember the Deir

Yassin massacre and all of the crimes against our people that have passed without punishment. For how long will Israel remain above international law and without accountability?

Due to the time constraints, I shall not be able to discuss in detail how many Israeli violations are being committed against our people and how many repressive laws have been issued by successive Israeli governments, the latest of which is the formal legislation of instructions to fire live ammunition at and arrest and repress peaceful Palestinian demonstrators, as it continues to impose this illegal occupation.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We do not respond to the Israeli occupation’s hatred and brutality with the same. Instead, we are working on spreading the culture of peace and coexistence between our people and in our region, and we are anxious to realize it and to witness the day when all of the people in our region will enjoy peace, security, stability and prosperity. This cannot be achieved with the continuation of the occupation, settlement colonization, the wall, the burning of people, places of worship and homes, the killing youth, children and infants, the burning of crops, and the arrest and detention of people without charge or trial.

How can a State claiming to be an oasis of democracy and claiming that its courts and security apparatus function according to the law accept the existence of a so-called “price tag” gangs and other terrorist organizations that terrorize our people, their property and holy sites, all under the sight of the Israeli army and police, which do not deter or punish, but rather provide them with protection.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Is it not time to end this injustice? Is it not time to stop this suffering? Is it not time for the racist annexation wall to be dismantled? Is it not time for the humiliating and degrading checkpoints and barriers set up by the Israeli occupying forces in our land to be removed, for the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip to be lifted, and for our people to move in freedom and dignity in their own homeland and outside? Is it not time to end the racist, terrorist, colonial settlement of our land, which is destroying the two-State solution? Is it not the time for the six thousand Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails to see the light of freedom and to live among their families and communities? Is it not the time for the longest occupation in history suffocating our people to come to an end?

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Despite all the obstacles imposed by the occupation, we, since the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority, and until this moment, have worked incessantly to build the foundations of our State, its infrastructure and sovereign national institutions. We have made real progress on the ground, as affirmed by several international bodies, especially the United Nations, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. We will continue our efforts and work, with the support of our brothers and friends, to strengthen our State, committed to international standards, the rule of law and transparency as a democratic and modern State. In this context, we highly value the efforts of the AHLC, underNorway’s chairmanship, and urge donor countries to continue to support a better life for our people and our efforts to develop our State institutions.

In this context, our accession to membership of international organizations and treaties and conventions, is not directed against any one, but rather aimed at safeguarding our rights, protecting our people, harmonizing the laws and regulations of our country with international standards, and strengthening its international legal status and identity.

As for the internal Palestinian situation, we are determined to preserve the unity of our land and our people. We will not accept temporary solutions or a fragmented State. We seek to form a national unity government that functions according to the program of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and we seek to hold presidential and legislative elections.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Palestine is a country of holiness and peace. It is the birthplace of Christ, the messenger of love and peace, and the Isra’ and Mi’raj (ascension to heaven and night journey) of Mohammed, peace be upon him, who was sent as a mercy unto the world. This is Palestine that is still looking for peace, and its people want to live in their homeland in safety, security, harmony, stability and good neighborliness with all peoples and countries of the region. This is attested to by their cultural, humanitarian and spiritual contributions to humanity from the start.

Recently, on 17 May 2015, two nuns from Palestine, Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Baouardy, were canonized as saints by His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican in the presence of tens of thousands of the faithful from around the globe. The flag of Palestine was raised at the Vatican, which recognized the State of Palestine, as documented in the agreement signed between the Holy See and the State of Palestine.

We aspire to see the independent State of Palestine taking its rightful place among the community of nations, and we are confident that it will actively contribute to the achievement of economic, cultural, and humanitarian progress of civilization, with positive effects on our people, the region and the world.

It is from Palestine, and with Palestine, that peace will be achieved.

Here, I wish to express, on behalf of our people, deepest gratitude to the countries that voted in favor of the resolution enabling us today to raise the flag of the State of Palestine at United Nations Headquarters. The day is not far when we will raise the flag of Palestine in East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine.

I wish also to pay tribute to the recent decisions by the European parliaments that have clearly condemned Israel’s settlement activities and its products and affirmed the right of the Palestinian people to sovereignty and independence in their State alongside the State of Israel, and that also established a Committee on the relations with Palestine.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Several European countries and parliaments also affirmed their recognition of the State of Palestine, reaffirming our natural right to independence. In this regard, we thank the Kingdom of Sweden for its courage and recognition of the State of Palestine. Indeed, the countries that say they support the two-State solution must recognize the two States, not just one.

Today, I appeal to those countries that have not yet recognized the State of Palestine yet, to do so. We are confident that they will do so, based on conviction in the justice deserved by our people and their cause.

From this rostrum at the United Nations and in this period of religious holidays, I also extend a sincere call to the people of Israel for peace based on justice, security and stability for all. I must also call again on the Security Council and the General Assembly to uphold their responsibilities before it is too late and the chances for peace are lost.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

You are all aware that Israel undermined the efforts made by the administration of President Barack Obama in past years, most recently the efforts of Secretary of State John Kerry aimed at reaching a peace agreement through negotiations. The policies and practices of the Israeli Government and the positions of its Prime Minister and cabinet members lead to a clear conclusion: it is working extremely hard to destroy the two-State solution that we are seeking on the basis of the resolutions of international legitimacy.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We welcome the international and European efforts, including the French initiative calling for the formation of an international support group for the achievement of peace. In their recent summit, the Arab States confirmed their support for a resolution by the Security Council that reaffirms the clear parameters for a peaceful solution in accordance with the two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders and that sets a timeframe for ending the occupation. It is no longer useful to waste time in negotiations for the sake of negotiations; what is required is to mobilize international efforts to oversee an end to the occupation in line with the resolutions of international legitimacy. Until then, I call upon the United Nations to provide international protection for the Palestinian people in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have tried to oblige Israel to implement the signed agreements and to negotiate in conformity with the two-State solution through direct contacts with the Israeli Government, as well as through the United States, the Russian Federation, the European Union, and the United Nations (the Quartet members) and other parties. However, the Israeli Government insists on continuing its destruction of the two-State solution and on entrenchment of two regimes on the ground: an apartheid regime that is currently imposed on the territory of the State of Palestine and against the Palestinian people on the one hand, and another regime of privileges and protection to the Israeli settlers on the other hand.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The transitional Oslo Agreement and its annexes, and the subsequent agreements signed with Israel, stipulated that the agreements would be implemented within five years, ending in 1999 with full independence for the State of Palestine and the termination of the Israeli occupation. But Israel stopped the completion of the process of withdrawing its forces from areas classified as “B” and “C”, which represent more than 60% of the territory of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Instead, it intensified its settlement activities everywhere. Since the speech of President Obama in Cairo in 2009, in which he called for the cessation of settlement activities, the Israeli Government increased settlement activities by at least 20%, violating its obligation not to undertake any action illegally and unilaterally that would prejudge the final solution. Moreover, the occupying power has repeatedly infringed upon the areas classified “A”, which are supposed to be under full Palestinian security jurisdiction and in which we have developed the institutions of the Palestinian State.

At the same time, as Israel refuses to review the economic agreements that control the ability of the Palestinian economy to develop and be independent, it is determined to impose dominance on our economy, similar to its military and security dominance, and rejects the right of the Palestinian people to development and to their natural resources. As such, Israel has destroyed the foundations upon which the political and security agreements are based, which have also been undermined by the measures taken by successive Israeli governments that have negatedthe transitional phase aimed at realizing the independence of our State, and has perpetrated gross violations, which have made the situation unsustainable.

Thus, we declare that as long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us, which render us an authority without real powers, and as long as Israel refuses to cease settlement activities and to release of the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements, they leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them. We therefore declare that we cannot continue to be bound by these agreements and that Israel must assume all of its responsibilities as an occupying power, because the status quo cannot continue and the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council last March are specific and binding.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The State of Palestine, based on the 4th of June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, is a State under occupation, as was the case for many countries during World War II. Our State is recognized by 137 countries around the world and the right of our people to self-determination, freedom and independence is recognized globally as being inalienable and unquestionable.

I further recall General Assembly resolution 67/19 of 2012, which accorded to Palestine Observer State status, reaffirmed that the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization would be the interim government of the State of Palestine and that the Palestinian National Council is the Palestinian parliament of the State of Palestine.

I must reiterate: the current situation is unsustainable. Our people need genuine hope and need to see credible efforts for ending this conflict, ending their misery and achieving their rights. We will start the implementation of this declaration by all peaceful and legal means. Either the Palestinian National Authority will be the conduit of the Palestinian people from occupation to independence, or Israel, the occupying power, must bear all of its responsibilities.

At the same time, and based on our commitment to the principles of international law, the State of Palestine will continue in its efforts to accede to international conventions and organizations, and it will move forward in the defense of its people under occupation through all available legal and peaceful means, including as a High Contracting Party to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Those who fear international law and international courts must cease committing all crimes.

Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

My hands remain outstretched for the just peace that will guarantee my people’s rights, freedom and human dignity. I say to our neighbors, the Israeli people that peace is in your interest, in our interest, and in the interest of our future generations. Narrow vision is destructive. I hope that you will consider the dangerous reality on the ground and look to the future and accept for the Palestinian people what you accept for yourselves. Then, you will find that the achievement of peace will be possible, and you will enjoy security, safety, peace and stability. These are the aspirations ​​that we also seek to realize for the Palestinian people.

I thank you for your kind attention.

May the peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you.”

The State of Palestine's flag flies in the wind after being raised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony outside the United Nations on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

The State of Palestine’s flag flies in the wind after being raised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony outside the United Nations on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

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  1. ckg
    ckg
    October 1, 2015, 10:42 am

    L.A. Times reports that Abbas added, “We cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements with Israel, and Israel must assume fully all its responsibility as an occupying power”.

    If Abbas continues to allow the IDF unfettered entry into Palestinian cities to make “arrests” at night we will quickly know that his words are empty.

  2. hophmi
    hophmi
    October 1, 2015, 10:46 am

    “That’s got to be a nightmare scenario for Israel, not relying on Palestinians to participate in securing their own imprisonment.”

    Actually, I don’t think it is, at least not for the Israeli right. Israel was subject to much less international criticism when it was controlling all of the West Bank than it is now. Really, what’s the big nightmare? When Israel was there day-to-day, the Palestinians weren’t murdering Israeli civilians with suicide bombs, the Israelis weren’t the targets of an international campaign to delegitimize it, there was no need for a wall, and there was no need to invade the West Bank periodically. The Palestinians were a lot safer with the Israelis in charge than they are now, with a protection racket in charge and subject to an IDF invasion every time terrorist organizations grew too strong. They were also able to work in Israel, and Israelis were able to go to the West Bank, meet Palestinians, and spend money, helping the Palestinian economy. I think, particularly on the right in Israel, this is exactly what they want, because it will be an invitation for Israel to annex the West Bank. The history is that when Israel withdraws from a place, the criticism is worse, not better.

    For the Israeli center and left, it remains to be seen. If the Palestinians suspend security cooperation, they will lose billions in aid. If the Israelis do not take the bait, the PA will probably become a lawless place, terrorism against Israeli civilians will increase, and the Palestinian economy in the West Bank, which has been growing at a good pace in the last few years, will fail.

    In any case, there’s little evidence that this is any bombshell announcement; Palestinians have been threatening to suspend security cooperation for a long time, and this is not a big change in the rhetoric. http://time.com/4056160/abbas-un-speech-is-only-words/

    • diasp0ra
      diasp0ra
      October 1, 2015, 11:12 am

      Times were different back then. If Israel overtly takes control once again of the West Bank you can be sure this will not be the same.

    • eljay
      eljay
      October 1, 2015, 11:21 am

      || hophmi @ October 1, 2015, 10:46 am ||

      No point liberating the victim from the rapist’s basement and helping her get her life back on track, while holding the criminal accountable for his past and on-going crimes. Better to just let her remain chained and raped – but well-fed and nicely-clothed – in his basement.

      Charming.

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        October 1, 2015, 4:21 pm

        RE: “Charming” ~ eljay

        MY REPLY: That’s our hophmi!

        SEE: “Netanyahu’s Ministry of Fear” | by Uri Avnery | Counterpunch | September 25, 2015

        [EXCERPT] . . . Fear is a necessary condition for human survival. Most animals in nature possess it. It helps them to respond to dangers and evade or fight them. Human beings survive because they are fearful.

        Fear is both individual and collective. Since its earliest days, the human race has lived in collectives. This is both a necessary and a desired condition. Early humans lived in tribes. The tribe defended their territory against all “strangers” – neighboring tribes – in order to safeguard their food supply and security. Fear was one of the uniting factors.

        Belonging to one’s tribe (which after many evolutions became a modern nation) is also a profound psychological need. It, too, is connected with fear – fear of other tribes, fear of other nations.

        But fear can grow and become a monster. . .

        ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/25/netanyahus-ministry-of-fear/

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      October 1, 2015, 12:29 pm

      “Actually, I don’t think it is, at least not for the Israeli right. Israel was subject to much less international criticism when it was controlling all of the West Bank than it is now. Really, what’s the big nightmare?”

      You need to contact Mr. N, because he definitely does not see this as a win/win.

      “When Israel was there day-to-day, the Palestinians weren’t murdering Israeli civilians with suicide bombs, the Israelis weren’t the targets of an international campaign to delegitimize it, there was no need for a wall, and there was no need to invade the West Bank periodically.”

      Ah, yes, those halycon days of Israeli occupation! Torture in the Russian compound; daily house demolitions; dissidents getting exiled to Lebanon or Jordan; demonstrators getting gunned down in the streets by the forces of “law and order.” Come to think of it, with the exception of seeing fat reservists chasing skinny kids down back alleys, Old Occupation seems a lot like the New Occupation.

      Hophmi, enjoy it while it lasts.

    • ckg
      ckg
      October 1, 2015, 1:11 pm

      Israel was subject to much less international criticism when it was controlling all of the West Bank than it is now.

      Israel was subject to much less international criticism when the camera was not yet ubiquitous.

      • annie
        annie
        October 1, 2015, 1:13 pm

        and the web. those were the good ol days for zionism.

    • bryan
      bryan
      October 1, 2015, 2:10 pm

      Give us a break Hops – the world has changed, and that was no golden age for Palestinians but there are a host of facts you could have mentioned.

      (1) There were far less settlements at that time and hence there were less Jewish only roads, check points, and a far less intrusive military presence.
      (2) Globalization was less advanced, so Israel could not call upon a labour force of hewers and drawers from Thailand, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka etc, and so did employ West Bankers and Gazans for its menial work.
      (3) Israel was more secular and far less right wing so there were fewer religious and racist bigots marauding through the territories committing “price tag” and other atrocities.
      (4) The religious status quo, especially regarding Al Aqsa was not constantly challenged by religious fundamentalists, and while of course Jewish terrorism has always existed and there were bomb attacks against the West Bank mayors, Israel’s security services did a better job of keeping these under some sort of control, and indeed there was less incitement to violence from government ministers.
      (5) The West was far more dependent in those days on Arab oil so America’s enfant terrible was under more pressure to behave, as of course additional pressures came from an on-going Cold War.
      (6) Palestinian society still held hopes that eventually the world, and Israel, would recognise the justice of their call for national self-determination, building on the peace with Egypt and Jordan, and had not yet been radicalised by the brutal suppression of the overwhelmingly peaceful First Intifada.
      (7) The American Israel lobby was strong but not as dominant as it later became, the State Department had not been purged of all its realists (to be replaced by unprincipled ultra-Zionist neocons), and the hasbara industry, effective as it then was, had not yet achieved a complete dominance of the western media so there were some pressures on the Israeli government from the UN and American presidents to limit the worst of Israel’s excesses.
      (8) More than anything though, Israeli society was not so right wing, so there were internal groups who endeavoured to present a positive face to the world and resist Israeli attempts to demonize itself. The best evidence of this is the “400,000 rally” that gathered at a Peace Now rally in Tel Aviv to protest the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the Sabra and Shatilla massacre – compare that with the 95% of Israelis who applauded Operation Protective Edge, and the millions who complained that not enough children (or snakes as government ministers called them) had been slaughtered.

  3. zaid
    zaid
    October 1, 2015, 11:00 am

    These symbolic acts are actually counterproductive.
    they are like drugs that keeps Palestinians calm……just like the peace Process.
    I prefer Rage and Revolution.

    We Palestinians really need to Dump both Oslo and Abbas.

    • ckg
      ckg
      October 1, 2015, 3:16 pm

      These symbolic acts are actually counterproductive.

      Almost 50 years ago the Republic of Transkei declared its independence and raised its flag. Alas, that too proved counterproductive.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      October 2, 2015, 2:26 am

      “We Palestinians really need to Dump both Oslo and Abbas.”

      I hope you do zaid. Abbas hasn’t done anything for his people.

  4. Kay24
    Kay24
    October 1, 2015, 11:06 am

    Whether he meant it or not, I sensed that Abbas, like his people, are sick and tired of this suffering, and is demanding the world do something about it, instead of ignoring their plight.

    Israel has got away with everything – the occupation, murder, land grabs, and causing endless suffering to people who are helpless today, as they were when these homeless, ungrateful Europeans, were dumped in their territories, fracturing them, and making many of them refugees.
    The nations who were responsible for this stupid decision made by the UN, should be held responsible for making such a mess of the entire situation, and the resulting occupation. When will war criminals who take advantage of their power over these poor people, be held accountable? I am sick of the US being complicit in Israel’s endless transgressions, and being so hypocritical when it comes to blaming other nations. Israel is a long standing perpetrator of human rights violations, protecting THEIR terrorists, and blaming the victims for their own occupation and land grabs. The first reaction from Israel to Abbas’s claims is attack Abbas, and deflect (hasbara style) from what he has said when listing Israel long list of crimes.

    The US pretends Israel is right to mistreat the Palestinians, while it criticizes human rights violations by other countries, and trains rebels to overthrow dictators. Before we show concern for the Syrians, Iraqis, and wherever we have selfish interests, we should first make sure the Palestinians are free from the shackles the zionists have put them in. What a shitty situation.

    NOT ONE of our politicians have the spine to bring attention to the zionist crimes, nor condemn what they keep doing, using our weapons and aid, because America is always been “moved” by Netanyahu and his bandits, and we are like play dough to that arrogant nation.

  5. Boomer
    Boomer
    October 1, 2015, 11:07 am

    Thanks for this article about this noteworthy event. As I noted previously, Juan Cole has some good comments: http://www.juancole.com/2015/10/abrogated-netanyahu-boasted.html

    I”ve previously remarked (more than once) on how disappointed I am that the U.S. would vote against even allowing the Palestinian flag. We (the U.S.) are a big part of the problem.

  6. talknic
    talknic
    October 1, 2015, 11:53 am

    I dare say Abbas means the Occupying Power will be solely responsible for protecting the occupied, their property and their territory per the UN Charter Chapt XI, International Law and GC IV

    What it will no doubt show is that “Israel, the Occupying Power” has no intention of living up to any of its legal responsibilities and; the State of Palestine will have the right under the UN Charter to demand Israel be forced to comply.

    • Rusty Pipes
      Rusty Pipes
      October 2, 2015, 2:06 pm

      Precisely my take on his speech and the flag-raising. Abbas makes a passing reference to requesting blue helmets, even though the request has been turned down before.

      Demanding that Israel be forced by the UN to comply appears like Abbas’ next logical step.

      • Rusty Pipes
        Rusty Pipes
        October 2, 2015, 4:38 pm

        Here’s the passing reference to UN protection:

        It is no longer useful to waste time in negotiations for the sake of negotiations; what is required is to mobilize international efforts to oversee an end to the occupation in line with the resolutions of international legitimacy. Until then, I call upon the United Nations to provide international protection for the Palestinian people in accordance with international humanitarian law.

  7. Citizen
    Citizen
    October 1, 2015, 12:04 pm

    Bibi is on tv now, speaking to the UN.

  8. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    October 1, 2015, 12:32 pm

    Diana Buttu, former advisor to Abbas and Palestinian negotiators, said Abbas’s statement that he’s no longer bound by Oslo as having “no practical significance unless and until he disbands the Palestinian Authority and begins pushing for equality in the form of one state.”

    Complete agreement! Abolish the PA and demand equal rights within “Greater Israel”.

  9. amigo
    amigo
    October 1, 2015, 1:00 pm

    If I,m not wrong , then correct me but didn,t nietanyahu dump the Oslo Accords a long time ago , just after he “killed ” them.

    ” It’s now clear: the Oslo peace accords were wrecked by Netanyahu’s bad faith
    Avi Shlaim”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/12/oslo-israel-reneged-colonial-palestine

    “Netanyahu admits on video he deceived US to destroy Oslo accord”

    http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/netanyahu-admits-on-video-he-deceived-us-to-destroy-oslo-accord

    Why didn,t Abbas put up this video for the UN general assy so they know who the f–k is kidding who.

    He should also have walked over to Proser and hand him the keys to the West bank/Gaza /East Jerusalem and told him in a loud and clear voice to tell his boss , he is now responsible for maintaining and paying for the Occupation.

  10. amigo
    amigo
    October 1, 2015, 1:36 pm

    While it may not be such a big deal and is symbolic , I just bet the zionists are pretty well p—-d off.

    I wonder if Golda is looking down or should that be up , wondering why a people who do not exist have a flag flying at the UN .Suck it up Golda.As someone here said , “shit happens”.

  11. milx
    milx
    October 1, 2015, 1:50 pm

    Once in a while I check in on MondoWeiss and I’m never disappointed at how the propaganda machine keeps running. Even though Abbas is not stepping down, disbanding the PLO, calling for new elections, or ending military cooperation with Israel, useful Annie still calls the speech “a bold statement.” You guys aren’t even bright enough to make strong, evidence-based, realistic arguments for your own side. This would’ve been a perfect time to critique Abbas’ ongoing collaboration with Israel and note his speech as one of dozens of PR ploys. Palestinian nationalism has become excellent at executing PR ploys (ever since they stopped hijacking airplanes) but if you think anyone is Israel is nervous about Palestinian statehood because the UN is now flying a flag you’re living in an alternate reality. Want to get serious about fulfilling the aspirations of Palestinian nationalism? Demand that Abbas evacuate security relationships with Israel and suspend all day-to-day municipal activities. Make Israel pick up the trash and put soldiers back in Ramallah to keep the peace. Anything short of that is just whistling dixie.

    • annie
      annie
      October 1, 2015, 4:14 pm

      milx, i thought the statement was bold, it doesn’t mean i think abbas is bold or will carry thru. the only statement i made in the article that was cut (aside from things like ‘in the rose garden’) was ‘some people found it surprising, others not so much’. this partly expressed the lackluster nature of my own opinion – but – it didn’t make the final cut.

      after presenting msm reactions (we’re a news site, what others are saying matters) , i posted segments of the statements (opinions) of three experts i respect. the very first one i presented most represented my own opinion, which is why i chose it first of the 3:

      Rabbani …

      said Abbas was grandstanding and failed to propose anything other than the same tired policies, just a repeat of what he’s been saying for over a decade. “The boy cried wolf and the sheep died of laughter. As expected, nothing new, at any level.”

      Even though Abbas is not stepping down, disbanding the PLO, calling for new elections, or ending military cooperation with Israel….Want to get serious about fulfilling the aspirations of Palestinian nationalism? Demand that Abbas evacuate security relationships with Israel and suspend all day-to-day municipal activities.

      speaking of bold, that’s a very bold statement milx. and i’d even be more impressed with your critique if it weren’t already expressed in the article. of course, buttu doesn’t use the word “demand” (very bold of you):

      note Buttu:

      no practical significance unless and until he disbands the Palestinian Authority and begins pushing for equality in the form of one state…..immediately press for Israel’s isolation on the international stage and support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement until Israel’s apartheid regime is ended.

      critique Abbas’ ongoing collaboration with Israel

      here’s me taking a swipe at that:

      nightmare scenario for Israel, not relying on Palestinians to participate in securing their own imprisonment.

      guess i should have spelled out the word “collaboration” to make it clearer.

      sorry you’re disgusted i didn’t write more of a (personal) opinion piece. my sentiments were expressed in the article via the experts i chose to quote. and i ended the article quoting erakat (fantastic) to express my personal revulsion towards the actions of my own government.

  12. Boomer
    Boomer
    October 1, 2015, 7:54 pm

    excerpt from a piece by Menachem Klein at +972:

    “Abbas, on the other hand, cannot seem to move forward. On the contrary, under his presidency, the Palestinians have only regressed. After more than a decade under his rule, the Palestinians are further away from independence, and living with less democracy than under Arafat. Under Arafat, the Palestinian Authority built democratic institutions. Not much, if anything at all, has been left over from them. The Palestinian Legislative Council (the Palestinian parliament) does not meet, the last elections to parliament and the presidency — which were set for 2009 — never took place, and do not seem to be anywhere on the horizon. Although he is already past 80, Abbas stubbornly refuses to appoint a successor, and while he does appoint governments, there is not parliament to either back them vote them out of office, as Arafat experienced in 2002.”

    from: http://972mag.com/abbas-peace-project-has-hit-a-dead-end/112170/

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