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Saturday, February 19, 2011

UN resolution on settlements, hope and futility...


There was a petition to try and get Obama to not use the veto at the UN about a resolution to make Israel comply with international law on settlements.

Guess what happened. 14 members voted for it, the US voted against it. I really thought we'd have a chance for justice after all the people in the Middle East pushing for democracy and the Palestine papers revealing that Israel wouldn't bother with anything less than total capitulation by Palestinians. I guess justice and/ or democracy isn't really what we're after in the Middle East.

Two points I found particularly funny:

The US opposes new settlements but says taking the issue to the
UN will only complicate efforts to resume stalled negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinians on a two-state solution.

All that law and stuff just complicates things. Let's ignore it and resume negotiations?? If we throw out the law, what on earth are the basis for negotiations??? Israel's right to exist??? What kind of mediator are we anyway? Rubbish!

The UN vote came a day after Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
spoke by telephone, according to Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil
Aburdeneh. They discussed the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia and the resolution
on settlements, he said.


He talked to Abbas. Well, that explains it! Might as well have been talking ot Israel. They talked about this resolution the day before the US vetoed it. I bet Abbas was all about that (See Palestine Papers). Wonder when the resolution is to give Israel Gaza and the West Bank, ban refugees, revoke Palestinian citizenship, give away Jerusalem and pay Israel for all the trouble they've had to endure? That's one UN resolution on Israel we'd be all over.


And speaking of futility...


Bil'in marks its sixth anniversary of nonviolent protest against the Wall and Occupation. It is encouraging in a way, but when you think of how the domino effect will miss Palestine and why, it is discouraging for sure.

Palestinians have been at the nonviolence thing for awhile. It's the way resistence started and it continues through present these several towns that hold weekly protests (more famously).

In hearing news that kind of takes the wind out of your sails after listening to all the hopeful voices in Egypt and Tunisia, I think of this quote I heard recently:

"...in order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a
conscience."

---Stokely Carmichael talking about a flaw in Dr. King's theory.


I am against violence for a number of reasons, so where does that leave us? I would suggest the world's largest sit-in in the streets of Israel by Palestinians, but unless they were already in Israel, this would be a problem... This would be far riskier for Palestinians than for Egyptians or Tunisians simply stepping out to protest and going back home to shower- or a two week camp out (not to belittle the Egyptian effort at all). It would involve a series of acts of civil disobedience and risk of life or imprisonment just to get to the site of the protest where we could then talk af the Egypt or Tunisian style risks of arrests, beatings, riot police, tear gas, live ammo, Mossad dressed as Palestinian instigators of violence, etc and not so Egyptian and Tunisian risks of US forces being deployed to rid our "friend" of the "threat."


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