Welcome, Palestinian State

Last Thursday, Palestine gained the non-member observer state status by 138 votes in favor, 41 abstentions and 9 against. So what does this status mean?

First, Palestine can now be called a state. Although it seems insignificant, the word state is really relevant for the Palestinians, because they have been fighting for it for a long time. Second, Palestine can now ask for membership in different international organizations such as the International Criminal Court and others. Third, Palestine is a step closer to obtain the full membership in the United Nations. I could go on, but I think that you already got the point.

The thing is: does this mean that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is going to end? Well, no. First, the President of the Palestinian Authority – Mahmoud Abbas – has to unite Hamas and  Fatah in order to be able to negotiate a peace agreement. Second, Israel has to be open to negotiations. Considering that the state wants to build more settlements in the occupied territories and is going to withhold the Palestinian Authority’s tax revenues, I think that Israel will not be open for negotiations anytime soon.

So, lets wait and see.

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3 responses to “Welcome, Palestinian State

  1. It’s both sad and ironic that a people who were so savagely victimised, brutalised and forced into ghettos could later do the same to others.

    • That is the most disgusting thing that can ever be said against Israelis and Jews. The “you of all people” accusation.

      Let me introduce you to Chas Newkey-Burden, a British gentile (non-Jew) who wrote a brilliant, concise and moving article Let us turn this vile accusation on its head.

      Here’s an excerpt:

      there is still one anti-Israel argument that makes my jaw drop. And it is one that is made with unfortunate frequency. It is the “they-of-all-people” argument: the suggestion that the Jews, having faced extraordinary persecution, should know better than anyone not to be oppressors.
      […]
      Where to begin in response? The heroic Howard Jacobson made a fine start when he proposed that “they of all people” is the natural successor of Holocaust denial. He wrote that the argument leaves the Jewish people doubly damned: to the Holocaust itself and to elevated moral scrutiny as a result of it.

      I agree, and I would go further. I contend that, as a result of the Holocaust and what preceded it, it is we gentiles who should know better. The Holocaust followed centuries of slander, persecution, violence and murder committed by gentiles against Jews. So it is not you who have an increased responsibility to behave morally, but us.
      […]
      Yet much of the world still continues to delight in damning Israel with indecent haste. From Al Dura (the false claim that Israeli forces murdered a boy in Gaza) to Jenin, from the Goldstone Report to the Gaza flotilla; time and again the world has found Israel guilty of a particular crime before all the evidence was available. When the full picture emerged and exonerated Israel it was too late to undo the damage. We gentiles, of all people, should know better.
      […]
      Let us strip the “they-of-all-people” argument down to its very basics: gentiles telling Jews that we killed six million of your people and that as a result it is you, not us, who have lessons to learn; that it is you, not us, who need to clean up your act. It is an argument of atrocious, spiteful insanity. Do not accept it; turn it back on those who offer it. For it is us, not you, who should know better.

      • I think the point of the previous comment is not to say that Jews, who were victims of a terrible atrocity, should have something to learn from that. Instead, I think it is a comment on the human condition – that we as HUMANS (Jews, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists, etc.) can carry out such horrible acts on each other over and over again. We decry one group of people for their atrocities and then turn around and commit them again on another group. It is the human condition that we cannot avoid that makes it both ironic and sad.

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