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Abbas Submits Weak UN Status Bid

Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator and traitor to his own people.

by Stephen Lendman

Palestine deserves full UN membership. It's entitled to all rights and privileges afforded other Member States. Getting them is simple. It should have happened years ago. 

Palestine satisfies all essential criteria. On November 15, 1988, it achieved statehood. 

Previous articles explained. Security Council vetoes can't prevent UN admission. General Assembly Member States have sole authority. 

A two-thirds majority admits full de jure members. A simple majority admits observer ones. Palestine has more than enough support for either.

Why Arafat didn't seek UN admission he can't explain. In 2004, Israel murdered him. It's indisputable. Clear evidence proves it. 

Abbas has lots of explaining to do. He's a longtime Israeli collaborator. He's a traitor. Israel made him president for that reason. 

Palestinians have good reason to expect a watered-down, meaningless UN bid. That's all they'll get. The fix is in. It shouldn't be that way.

Abbas seeks nonmember observer status. With it come significant rights. Getting them requires not requesting they be excluded or omitting them from draft text language.

Full rights permit joining specialized UN agencies. They include the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Law of the Sea Treaty (LST), NPT, International Court of Justice (ICJ), and International Criminal Court (ICC).

Membership gives Palestine control of its territorial waters and air space. Other rights are afforded. 

Suing Israel (at the ICJ) and Israeli officials (at the ICC) for genocide, as well as crimes of war and against humanity is permitted. By or after 2017, Israel can also be sued for criminal aggression.

November 29 is D-Day (decision day). UN Member States will vote. Palestine will easily gain upgraded nonmember observer status. At issue is what comes with it. It depends on what's excluded.

Abbas submitted a 316-word draft. It calls for resuming peace talks with Israel. Doing so is meaningless and insulting. Abbas knows it. Going through the motions is a charade. 

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