On August 21, Washington joined Germany, Britain and France. They presented a largely one-sided Security Council resolution to end over six weeks of conflict.
It’s pro-Israeli. It’s pro-Western. It’s anti-Palestinian. It’s more Gazan Versailles than legitimate peace plan. It demands rejection.
It’s in lieu of what’s fundamentally needed:
- a resolution holding Israel responsible for premeditated genocidal aggression;
- holding Netanyahu and other Israeli officials accountable;
- ordering them prosecuted in a Nuremberg-style tribunal;
- unconditionally ordering Gaza’s siege be lifted;
- mandating Israel alone pay for damage it caused, compensate surviving family members for their losses, and fully cover the cost of medical treatment for injured Gazans;
- assuring long denied justice for beleaguered Gazans;
- ordering Israel to halt settlement construction;
- mandating an end to occupation; and
- guaranteeing support for unconditional Palestinian self-determination within 1967 borders by a specified date.
The current resolution is deeply flawed. Claiming it’ll end fighting is fantasy. Or achieve any form of long denied justice. The two-page document is titled “Elements.”
- returning Gaza to PA control;
- reconstructing it under international supervision;
- preventing Hamas from rearming;
- wanting it kept defenseless against certain future Israeli aggression;
- restarting sham Israeli-Palestinian peace talks; and
- doing so based on what Israel categorically rejects – within pre-1967 borders – with no enforcement teeth.
Fact: Abbas and other PA officials are longtime Israeli collaborators.
Fact: They have no legitimacy.
Fact: They serve as Israeli enforcers.
Fact: They betray their own people.
Fact: Hamas is Palestine’s democratically elected government.
Fact: International law prohibits any nation or combination thereof from interfering in the internal affairs of others.
Fact: Palestinians alone may decide who’ll govern them under laws, principles and norms they choose.
Fact: Not Israel, Washington, Germany, Britain, France, or Security Council resolution denying them their inalienable right.
The proposed document condemns “all violence and hostilities directed against civilians, as well as indiscriminate attacks resulting in civilian casualties, and all acts of terrorism.”
It calls for an “immediate, sustainable” ceasefire on both sides. It’s based on the following principles:
- returning Gaza to PA control;
- undefined security arrangements to prevent resumption of hostilities;
- denying Hamas the right of self-defense;
- doing so by prohibiting all weapons and munitions sales to Gaza without PA permission;
- preventing the financing of Israel’s notion of terrorism;
- assuring Gazan self-defense is defined this way;
- assuring Israeli aggression is called its right to self-defense;
- lifting “economic and humanitarian restrictions” short of unconditionally ending siege;
- permitting reconstruction, economic rehabilitation and development based on what Israel will allow under rules it establishes;
- reopening all border crossings without assurances against future unilateral Israeli closures; and
- doing so in accord with the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access.
Washington and Israel brokered it. It was supposed to let PA officials control border crossings after Israel’s 2005 Gazan disengagement.
The resolution establishes a Western controlled international monitoring and verification body.
It would oversee implementation of agreed on principles, investigate ceasefire violations, inform the Security Council, facilitate movement of people and goods, as well as “ensure effective communications” between both sides.
Other draft provisions include:
- helping PA officials establish “effective governance” in Gaza – under rules acceptable to Israel and Western states;
- urging UN member states to contribute to rebuilding Gaza;
- doing so in lieu of demanding Israel pay for the enormous damage it caused;
- holding an international conference on rebuilding Gaza;
- urging attending nations to help pay Gazan civil servants and aid PA security forces; and
- initiating “renewed and urgent efforts by the parties and the international community to resume the negotiations in order to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of two democratic states, Palestine and Israel, living side by side on the basis of the pre-1967 borders in peace and security.”
It’s hard imagining Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups accepting what demands rejection.
The draft resolution violates international law. It’s a dagger in the heart equity, justice and peace.
It lopsidedly favors Israel. It renders Hamas defenseless. It offers what Israel can unilaterally abrogate for reasons it invents.
It puts longtime Palestinian collaborators in charge of governing Gaza. It assures justice denied.
It restarts sham peace talks. It proposes doing so on terms Israel categorically rejects.
It perpetuates the greatest hoax in modern times. Talks were stillborn from inception. Israel rejects peace and stability.
Palestinians have no say whatever. They’ve been brutalized for decades. They’re denied all rights. They’re virtual prisoners in their own land.
Oslo was unconditional Palestinian surrender. So were Oslo II, Wye River, Camp David, Taba, Bush’s Road Map, Annapolis, other negotiating rounds, and the most recent failed talks had they continued.
The current Security Council proposal holds Gazans hostage to Israeli and Western diktats.
It leaves Israel unaccountable for high crimes against peace. It assures future Israeli aggression.
It lets occupation harshness continue. It perpetuates decades of injustice. It leaves Palestinians isolated on their own.
It gives Israel wiggle room to interpret provisions to its own advantage. It denies Gazans the same right. It leaves major issues unaddressed.
- internationally guaranteed/universally recognized Palestinian sovereignty;
- ending occupation;
- letting diaspora Palestinians return;
- compensating them and Palestinian refugees for land and possessions Israel stole;
- ending settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land;
- giving Palestinians control of their airspace, coastal waters, and resources (including offshore gas reserves); as well as
- East Jerusalem as their exclusive capital.
The resolution instructs UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to initiate proposals to “implement the relevant provisions.” He’s a longtime pro-Western/pro-Israeli imperial tool.
It lets Security Council members circumvent international law. It lets them impose punitive measures if either side violates resolution provisions. It assures imposition on Palestinians alone.
It lets pro-Israeli Western nations force-feed unacceptable terms on Gaza. It gives Gazans no say. It punishes them for rejecting unacceptable demands.
It destroys Fatah/Hamas unity. It perpetuates longstanding injustice. It assures future conflict.
Current Israeli genocidal aggression continues. Western leaders support it. Israel murdered nearly 2,100 Palestinians. Over 10,300 were injured.
Large parts of Gaza lie in ruins. A pre-dawn air strike killed three al-Qassam Brigades commanders.
On Friday, thousands of Palestinians marched through Rafah. They did so in mourning. They honored Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed Attar.
Their deaths came a day after Israel unsuccessfully tried to assassinate senior al-Qassam Brigades leader Mohammed Deif.
An airstrike on his home killed his wife and eight-month-old son. Netanyahu tried to link his aggression to Obama’s war on the Islamic State in Iraq.
He lied calling both groups a “branch of the same tree.” He did so without a shred of credible evidence. None exists.
At the same time, Israel activated another 10,000 reserves. Hardliners Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and others want Hamas entirely destroyed.
Perhaps a second ground invasion will follow. Since Israel sabotaged Cairo talks, it murdered around five dozen more mostly civilian Palestinian men, women and children.
They included five family members digging a grave in Sheikh Radwan cemetery. They were doing so for lost loved ones.
They were noncombatants. They posed no threat. Israel deliberately murdered them in cold blood. It considers civilian men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm legitimate targets.
Doing so is part of its longstanding collective punishment policy. It’s in flagrant violation of international law.
It doesn’t matter. Western leaders support Israeli genocide. They turn a blind eye to its worst high crimes against peace.
They continue daily throughout Occupied Palestine. Gazans suffer most.
Long denied justice is nowhere in sight. The US/German/British/ French resolution assures keeping things this way.
Palestinians remain isolated on their own. Gazans remain trapped on their own land.
Israel is free to wage aggressive wars on whatever pretexts it invents. Business as usual continues.
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For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read:
The History of Resistance – The Eagle of Palestine
- Special Topic – All Israeli Massacres on Palestinians
- iRemember… – Confirmed Names of Martyrs Occupation (*)
- Special Topic – Ethnic Cleansing
- Israeli escalation in Gaza – A cover-up for settlement activity
- “Slow Death” -International report: Collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage – Incl Full Report PDF
- A “Leaflet” to the World about it’s own “forgotten” Extermination Camp called Gaza
- Gaza Siege Harshness Continues. Israel’s committing slow-motion genocide ~ by Stephen Lendman
THE LEGAL RIGHT OF RESISTANCE
81 Notre Dame Law Review1275(2006). Conducting an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and also discussing other genocides, this article details the inadequacy of many of the international community’s response to genocides, such as “targeted sanctions” or international peacekeeping forces. Examining international legal authorities such as the Genocide Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, the article demonstrates that groups which are being subjected to genocide have a legal right of self-defense. International treaties, Security Council arms embargoes, or national gun control laws cannot lawfully be enforced in a manner which prevents self-defense resistance to a genocide in progress, because under international law, the prohibition against any form of complicity in genocide takes legal precedence over lesser laws. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen. In PDF.
- The Palestinian Right of Self Defense
- Brayer: The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance – Source
- No. Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory – Source
- If Jews in WWII Warsaw would have had rockets: They would have fired them too – by occpal
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ROCKETS FROM GAZA
- The “Rocket” from Gaza Myth – Photography
- More facts about the Rocket from Gaza Myths – Storify
- Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about #Gaza ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Israel and #Gaza: Context Behind Projectile Fire ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets ~ by @AliAbunimah
- Israel is not looking for peace. Nor talks. But: This
* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.
Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.
How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.