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Palestinian statehood – kind-of, maybe, not really…

December 1, 2012


Palestinian celebrations after UN resolution granting recognition...

Palestinian celebrations after UN resolution granting recognition…

So, the Stephen Harper Conservatives voted against the United Nations General Assembly resolution giving Palestine partial (minimum, kind-of, a little bit of) state recognition on Thursday.

Israel immediately retaliates against the 138-9 vote in favour of Palestinian recognition by authorizing 3,000 new settlement houses in the disputed territories.

Because, you know, allowing 3,000 more ultra-Orthodox Jewish families within a stone’s throw of Palestine will do wonders for the peace process. 

Anyway, so who were the other 8 principled countries that supported Israel and voted against the UN resolution.

1. Israel. 2. The United States. 3. Canada. 4. The Czech republic. 5 Panama. And the Pacific island micro-nations of 6 Marshall Islands, 7 Micronesia, 8 Nauru and 9 Palau. (Who, I think I read somewhere, have to vote with the US at the UN as part of their aid packages. Which also pretty much goes for Panama at the UN as well.) 

Such esteemed company!

Of course, everyone knows that the vote changes nothing for the Palestinians. It’s a very small moral victory, a sign that the world supports the idea of statehood without having to do anything concrete in order to make it happen.

I’m sure lots of UN representatives went out to steak and tar-tar afterwards in Manhattan after the vote feeling good about themselves while not actually having to dirty their hands in the process.

I like how our Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t set foot in the General Assembly, ignores the UN on a daily basis,  but jumps up and down when it concerns a perceived grievance against Israel.

I also like the comment from the Israeli representative who used the age-old slight-of-hand of saying that “No decision by the United Nations could break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.”  I love the illusion Israel likes to create that the land was always empty, or that only Jews have ever lived there.

Too bad indigenous people’s around the world (and their 15,000 year land claim) didn’t have state-of-the-art military systems and nuclear warheads like Israel. Then they could use the same argument in discussions with Ottawa, Washington, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Canberra and most of the other 200 UN nations…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Eric Weiner permalink
    December 1, 2012 10:52 pm

    ah… if only they could.

  2. December 2, 2012 11:13 pm

    A beautifully constructed blog. The irony, the angry despair was coupled with an informative and clear exposition of what is going on. It is all so horrible and very, very sad. Thank you.

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