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Some commentators have said the UN vote, which, by a massive majority, gave Palestine observer status is meaningless... Meaningless?

Now, for starters, we finally are not talking about a stateless "PLO" or the "Palestinian people", we are talking about "Palestine", a country that now actually and officially exists as a sovereign state, although its territory is totally occupied and subjugated and slowly being colonized, by another state, Israel.

The Israelis, of course act as if nothing had happened, in fact to show their contempt for the UN vote they have authorized the construction of 3,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, only a day after the UN upgraded the Palestinians' status.

As always any body or anybody that backs Israel into a political or humanitarian corner immediately ceases to be "a credible mediator", or "partner for peace", that is the general hasbara line and always has been. Nothing new here, except it wont work anymore.

The significance of the UN vote is that as of now, the vast majority of the world's sovereign states, with their vote, or with their abstention, have simply told Israel that it ceases to have that special status of political and moral immunity that it has hidden behind until now.

Even Germany abstained!

That is how much moral legitimacy Israel has lost; Germany dared to abstain!

Not important? To begin with the UN vote is a universal slap down of American hypocrisy and the US role in the pantomime "peace process"... It also drains a lot of energy from the march to war with Iran.

But, in my opinion the most important thing the UN vote does is to firmly underline the validity and continuing relevance of the post - six day war, UN Resolution-242, which most Israelis consider a joke.

Now the West Bank territories that are illegally occupied by Israeli troops and "settlers" are clearly the legitimate property of a people whose existence and rights as the citizens of a universally recognized, but illegally occupied, state have now been overwhelmingly validated by the "international community"...

This leads us to the point that most worries the Israelis: the possibility that the state of Palestine will take the state of Israel to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. And well the Israelis may worry: for decades they have been in flagrant violation of international law as an occupying power with hundreds of well documented incidents, each of which could lead to international arrest warrants.

The UN vote has made it clear that if Israel doesn't change its ways, it is about to gain apartheid-South African-pos-Milosevic-Serbian status. This will certainly complicate things for them in dealing with their only friendly neighbors and major trading partner, the EU, both culturally and commercially.

Because Israel is about to replace apartheid South Africa as a universal pariah.

Not important? I cannot think of any comparable disaster in the entire history of modern Israel.


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  •  Very Proud that Soccer stars support Palestine (3+ / 0-)

    In a country where racism is rife and open - to the point where folks of Israeli Palestinian extraction (population over 1M) cant play for soccer clubs owned and supported by non Palestinians, I am glad that these soccer stars are against the hosting of important tournaments in Israel.

    The continued building of houses in annexed Palestinian land and the thumbing of noses by arrogant Bibi and Likud will not bring any lasting peace but keep the imbroglio alive and well.

    Since we all know that the apartheid in Israel cannot stand on its own, without the US support, it goes to show that the current subjugation of Palestinians will come to end. Who knew that apartheid in SAfrica will one day end?

  •  International Criminal Court (1+ / 0-)
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    May justice be served.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:07:51 PM PST

  •  Israel Announces New Housing (2+ / 0-)
    White House opposes new Israeli settlement construction
    By BYRON TAU | 11/30/12 1:42 PM EST
    The White House condemned Israel's decision to build more than 3,000 new settlements in the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

    "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

    New Settlement Building

    Is this a challenge?

  •  ICC (2+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster, valion

    As I pointed  out in an earlier post, "Israel" cannot be taken to the ICC, as only individual accused can be. Thus those in the various Israeli governments who directly approved  any annexation of occupied territories or organised the building of settlements with the intention of creating 'facts on the ground' are liable personally for their breaches of international law.

    Disputes between nations are considered by the World Court but that does not have any enforcement powers except through Security Council resolutions to approve the use of force as provided for in the Charter

    Similarly, some actions may have taken place before the ICC gained competence. An obvious case is the conspiracy with the UK and France to invade Egypt in 1956 or indeed the most recent bombardments  of Gaza as the Crime of Aggression has still to be prosecutable at the Hague.

    "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:07:29 PM PST

    •  There was an interesting article today in the NYT (3+ / 0-)
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      johnny wurster, Celtic Merlin, valion

      about the Hague Court and war crimes. Here. along with several listed in Google from other news sources. In this case, a person charged was in fact acquitted, on terms that might be useful for those here looking to ICC to examine, since so many have such hopes for ICC. In the case noted, the individual was found not to have had a personal connection to the war crimes committed, and even the prosecutorial faction had warned there was not necessarily enough evidence to convict. Not the first acquittal. But it may be time for those here to familiarize themselves with the actual processes of those courts, before we build up hopes that are not well founded that they can and will solve all problems.

      •  Convictions? (0+ / 0-)

        No I don't think so... what the accusations will do is publicize Israel's crimes and how they avoid being convicted, the political methods they use to escape justice.

        Oswald Featherboa Phd.

        by featherboa on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:07:13 AM PST

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