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An historic victory for Palestine-another rejection of Occupation

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An historic victory for Palestine-another rejection of Occupation

Franklin Lamb

Beirut

The United Nations General Assembly vote of 11/29/12, which some in Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee's camps are calling a "birth certificate for our country" is the latest of more than 400 UN resolutions on the Question of Palestine and a rare major victory for Palestinians after 65 years of resisting occupation.

The UN action, which was backed by an overwhelm majority of UN members with a lopsided vote of 138 to 9, may well force the Zionist regime to seriously consider a just peaceful resolution of the conflict.

With due respect to the nearly 50 percent of the UN members who voted against the historic Palestine Resolution on 11/29/12 at the General Assembly, which is to say t he Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru ( the world's smallest republic covering just 8.1 square miles with a population of 9, 378)), and Palau, with its approximately 20,000 inhabitants, all former U.S. Trust Territories   and currently "freely associated states" of the United States, with U.S. zip/postal and telephone codes much more closely resembling American states (51st, 52nd, 53rd and 54th) than   sovereign countries,   the World spoke clearly in favor of   Palestinian self-determination.   Indeed, the only reason these dissenting four "countries" are UN Members at all is due to cold war era efforts of Washington to stack the General Assembly in its favor by running up the numbers of its safe votes.

Over the past fortnight, as the US and Israel piled layers of threats onto their mantra of derision regarding yesterday's historic UN vote on Palestine,   both countries   desperately tried to dissuade the Palestinians from scrapping their application for non-member observer state membership status with the United Nations.

Way too much did Israeli officials and their US lobby protest, thus drawing more international attention and curiosity as they kept dissing the "purely symbolic empty gesture and meaningless act."

Naftali Bennett, leader of the extremist right-wing national religious Zionist party in Israel, Habayit Hayehudi ("The Jewish Home") leader warned the day before the vote that "the PA bid for non-member status at the UN has very real implications on Israel, and that we must take harsh measures in response. I don't accept the claim that this is a symbolic move," Bennet told Israel Radio. "This is not symbolic at all. This has very practical implications. "He added: "We must tell the Arabs, if you pursue a unilateral strategy at the UN, We will pursue a unilateral strategy in annexing settlements in the West Bank."

There is some important symbolism in the UN admitting Palestine as a non-member observer on the 65th anniversary of   the November 29, 1947,   adoption by the UN General Assembly of the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II)). On December 2, 1977, it was recorded that the assembly called for the annual observance of November 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (A/RES/32/40 B).

  Last minute appeals by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton plus a late night pre-vote visit by US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Middle East envoy David Hale to the hotel room of   the Palestinian Authority hold-over President Mahmoud Abbas failed to convince him to withdraw the resolution and to include the demanded eviscerating codicils.

Secretary of State Clinton could not have been more mistaken as she insisted at her news conference on 11/28/12 that "the only path towards a Palestinian state was through direct negotiations. As I have said many times the only path to a two-state solution that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people is through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not New York." Few in the state department, according to congressional staff members who liaise with Clinton's staff, believe that direct negotiations would ever lead to Israel voluntarily rejecting its current apartheid system or that the interminable "peace process" has ever been taken seriously by the Zionist regime and in fact constitute   a hoax.   In contradistinction, the growing reality in the Middle East and all five continents is the belief that only Resistance, with its scores of forms, will liberate Palestine from Zionist occupation.

Low balling the UN vote"..

Following the 138 to 9 vote, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, intimated, as did the usual Amen chorus of anti-Arab & anti-Islam zealots, from the US Israeli lobby, including the likes of ADL's Abe Foxman, that" just as predicted, anti-Semitism was lurking behind the lopsided vote" and that it all amounted, in the words of Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev, "to nothing but cheap political theater that should not come as a surprise to anyone."

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as it does on any issue involving Palestine and Israel issued Talking Points for members of Congress and other Zionist organizations to be used when communicating with constituents and giving media interviews. AIPAC keeps close track of how many interviews each member gives and how closely they tow the Zionist line so as to help determine how much cash the particular member will receive for re-election as well as other perks.

For this crucial UN vote, the US Zionist lobby used U.S. Senators Ben Cardin  (D-MD) and  Susan Collins  (R-ME) drafted a letter from these AIPAC stalwarts to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts by the Palestinian Government to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly.

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