HELPING THE LONGEST ANTI- COLONIAL STRUGGLE

2012-12-03 05:32

The recent historic United Nations General Assembly decision to accept “Palestine” as a non-member observer state is a crucial and a small step forward.

The huge support that Palestine has received at the United Nations indicates that Israeli-US propaganda and US domination in the old conflict is slowly coming to an end. 138 states out of 193 voted in favour of Palestine. Upgrading Palestine to a UN non-member observer state proves that Western governments are becoming more open to supporting the Palestinian cause.

Although upgrading its status is just a symbolic one, the support is very stimulating, to say the least, for the people of Palestine. The desire for a life of dignity and peace based on justice, equality and peaceful co-existence for all those who live in Palestine has a taken a new dimension.

The issue of legitimacy is very important. This new frame of reference would allow Palestinians and their friends all over the world to put more pressure on the Israeli regime to heed to international law.

Palestine as a non-member observer state now has the right to use international organizations like the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its grievances.

While the new UN status will not bring real changes on the ground, the observer status sends a concrete message to members of the international community; that the so-called negotiation process is a farce and it has gone on for too long, producing neither human rights nor end the brutal occupation.

Unfortunately, the upgrade will not really address core issues. The Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948 is yet to see justice, refugees are yet to return, thousands remain imprisoned, and the regular and organised violence committed against the Palestinians are relived over and over again while the world watches. In addition, the occupation of Palestine and the systematic colonization of Palestinian land still continues unabated.

Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who grossly lacks legal, political and especially ethical authority among Palestinians, should use this new wording to bring the different Palestinian resistance and political and religious movements under one body in order to establish new leadership and to create a new political vision and direction.

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, should take lessons from Yasser Arafat’s rise, fall and eventual demise. He was once regarded as a hero by the Palestinians. The Israelis used him and then discarded him, labelling him an obstacle to the peace process.

Until every global leader recognizes Israel’s crimes for what they are: Israel is built on Palestinian land, gross breaches of international law, the brutal Israeli regime will continue committing crimes against humanity with impunity.

The reality is that if international law were imposed the occupation of Palestinian land would definitely end.

To amicably resolve one of the most brutal and longest anti-colonial struggles, effective and firm action is needed from the global community.

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