-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
Continued state terror operations by the Israeli regime have not stopped the Palestinians, besieged by Zionist-Egyptian blockades, from obtaining by legal means defacto statehood from UN, in spite of stiff opposition and vote against it at UN by Israel and its fascist master USA.
Clearly, the Palestinians whose lands USA and UK jointly misappropriated for Israel with the backing of UNSC are on track in making a soverign home for themselves to enjoy life as free citizens without fear of any state gang of terrorists or US-Israeli provocative aggression or terror attacks on the people and lands on a regular basis.
Now Palestine is a recognized state and it no more requires the support of USA plus Israel and these rogue states shamelessly misuse the America’s UN veto.
Arrogant USA and Israel would not recognize Palestine in a hurry but might later they would do so as Palestine is not a big economic power to bribe them. The USA encourages Israel to kill the Palestinians and confiscate their remaining lands as part of Zionist expansionism in Middle East.
Palestinians have already got the defacto UN membership against the will of super power and its secret fascist ally Israel but when it obtains full membership it would enjoy full freedoms and a clear cut soverign nation with marked territories in due course.
Palestinians were protesting against Trump’s Jerusalem fanaticism during last week’s protests in Nabi Saleh. The situation in Bethlehem of West Bank where the Israeli forces were attacking the people of Palestine in its usual brutal way was very so horrible. The bullet entered the face of Fadel Tamimi’s 15-year-old son, Palestinian minor Mohammed face below his nose, breaking his jaw before getting lodged in his skull. After undergoing a complex surgery, he was placed in a medically-induced coma. Seventy hours later, Mohammed woke up. “”I met him at the hospital after he was injured. My wife fainted three times repeatedly when she saw him,” Tamimi told the media. We didn’t think he would make it. I felt like I had lost my son,” said Fadel.
Palestinians have come a long way; have valiantly resisted the Zionist oppressive tactics and intermittent terror attacks on them to achieve whatever little they could at UN. World knows that Palestinians are the oppressed nation and does not believe whatever the anti-Islamic media in the west say about the Palestinians and that they retaliate the terror attacks of Israel.
Israel and USA imposed all sorts of restrictions on their movements inside the Palestine and denied permission to out of their country even for medical purposes. No leader or realer of any country is allowed to visit Palestine, especially Gaza Strip for whatever reasons and Israel refuses visas for Muslims to visit Palestine.
Occupational crimes are ruthless as they are meant to silence the protesters. Many Palestinians in Bethlehem described their own leadership PLO as feckless and as such their own confrontation with the Israelis as futile as it has huge arsenals of terror goods and WMD from USA. Ibrahim Skakiyeh, 28 is a father of two from Ramallah, was out hawking red Santa hats and selfie sticks in Manger Square, near the Church of the Nativity, venerated as the traditional birthplace of Jesus. “All on loan,” he added. “It’s been sold,” Abu Sabaiyya’s cynicism echoed a widespread sentiment as he stared out at the separation wall adorned with graffiti, including a recent addition: an image of Trump wearing a black Jewish skullcap. “Trump’s announcement ruined everything,” Skakiyeh said, adding that he still had to purchase milk and diapers on his way home.
These people are lucky enough to have decent jobs do not want to jeopardize their livelihoods and regular incomes and Israel uses these people to play mischief with PLO. A few thousand protesters have turned out at familiar friction points in the West Bank or along the Gaza border on the designated “Days of Rage” called for by the political factions. “But there are never any results.”
Donald Trump’s recognition this month of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital gave another opportunity for the Zionist military to attack Palestine children. Israeli soldiers have cracked down on Palestinians resistance protests outside the gates of the Jacir Palace Hotel, a luxury inn in the West Bank city of Bethlehem in West Bank – only yards away from Israel’s 26-foot-tall concrete barrier separating Bethlehem from Occupied Jerusalem – and along a stretch of road that has become a main flash point for protests.
The clashes have simmered on Bethlehem, like the rest of the Palestinian territories, seemed suspended in a kind of limbo. The popular mood in the city was more one of hopeless resignation.
Many Palestinians keep losing lives because of Zionist firing and attacks on a regular basis, now view the confrontations with Israeli soldiers as pointless since they also now consider the Jerusalem declaration unlikely to be reversed by unilateral USA as Israel keeps hanging around its neck. This is exactly what USA and Israel sought.
Yet, despite the dire predictions in Israel of major turmoil in Palestine, and the best efforts of both Fatah and Hamas to mobilize the masses, so far there has been no large-scale, spontaneous outburst of violence, a new intifada in the wake of the US president’s declaration.
Real Palestinians struggling to make ends meet seem to have more immediate concerns than throwing stones at Israeli soldiers just like Kashmiris do with Indian terror forces that keep attacking them and enacting fake encounters to silence the freedom Kashmiris.
The deputy leader of Fatah, Mahmoud Aloul, recently declared the Oslo peace accords with Israel to be over and said that all forms of resistance were legitimate. The sentiment in Gaza is not much different. “I only throw stones. I have no gun in my hand,” Mohammad Abu Salah, 24 said, during a clash with Israeli soldiers at the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, while ducking the clouds of tear gas.
Since Trump’s declaration, at least 11 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. Analysts have still not discounted the possibility of a larger flare-up in Gaza and West Bank. These people are lucky enough to have decent jobs do not want to jeopardize their livelihoods and regular incomes and Israel uses these people to play mischief with PLO. A few thousand protesters have turned out at familiar friction points in the West Bank or along the Gaza border on the designated “Days of Rage” called for by the political factions. “But there are never any results.”
In a recent survey, 70 per cent of Palestinians said that President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority should resign. In a Christmas message Friday, Abbas said that Trump’s decision had “encouraged the illegal disconnection between the holy cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem.”
Detentions and ill-treatment of minors
Israel now is engaged in systematically reducing the population of Palestine and force the youth to give their struggle for sovereignty according to a Mossad-Pentagon scheme and makes the youth and children of Palestine suffer. Therefore, Israel targets the youth, minors and children to kill and disable them so that Palestinians know it is impossible to protest against the occupation forces of Israel because USA back every brutality the Zionist regime commits against the humanity.
According to the UN, Palestinians experience an almost 100 percent conviction rate in Israel’s military courts. As of November, 311 Palestinian children were being held in Israeli prisons, according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer. The UN reports that at least 345 Palestinian children were injured between December 5 and -18 December in the wake of Trump’s declaration. A separate tally by the Palestinian Red Crescent said that nearly 3,600 Palestinians were injured during protests, 729 of whom were wounded with rubber bullets and at least 192 by live rounds.
Mohammed is one of at least seven Palestinian minors to have suffered serious injuries by Israeli forces since protests broke out across the occupied Palestinian territories, following a US decision earlier this month to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to a new report by Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP).
The DCIP’s accountability program director, said the most worrying aspect of Israel’s crackdown on recent protests was its “misuse of so-called less lethal crowd-control weapons”. These include rubber bullets, sponge bullets and tear gas. The DCIP documented two cases in which a Palestinian minor was seriously injured by a rubber bullet. The first one is about a 15-year-old, identified by DCIP as Qassem K, who was shot with a rubber bullet during clashes in Nablus on December 20. The bullet fractured his skull, resulting in a “critical” injury, the group said. Mohammed Tamimi was the second serious case. DCIP said the bullet caused “severe bleeding in his brain” before being removed after two operations.
The use of rubber bullets as a crowd-control weapon was abandoned in Israel and Jerusalem more than a decade ago, after an investigation into the killings of at least 12 Palestinian citizens of Israel in 2000. They were replaced by sponge-tipped, plastic bullets. However, the use of both rubber and plastic ammunition has been criticised by rights groups for causing serious injuries and deaths.
In the occupied West Bank, meanwhile, Israeli forces continue to use rubber bullets, despite banning them in Israel and Jerusalem. Eqtaish, of DCIP, said Israeli forces often violate their own regulations on these weapons by shooting Palestinians at close-range and above the waist, which “leads to serious, sometimes permanent, injuries and may even result in death”.
Two 14-year-old Palestinians were also severely wounded by Israeli forces in the besieged Gaza Strip after they were shot in the head with a tear gas canister. One of the teens, Mohammed al-Farani, experienced internal bleeding in his brain and doctors were forced to remove his right eye.
Israel has typically relied on “crowd-control weapons” to quash protests over Trump’s controversial move; at least three Palestinian children were also injured by live ammunition. Two of these children were shot in the face, the report said, with one 16-year-old suffering “skull fractures and vision loss” after being shot above his right eye.
The DCIP group was “deeply concerned” about Israel’s “excessive use of force employed by trigger-happy Israeli soldiers”, adding that these violations occur “in a climate of impunity that encourages such a heavy-handed approach”. Without soldiers facing accountability, Israel “signals tacit approval for killing or seriously injuring children”, said Eqtaish.
There has been a significant uptick in children being put under Israeli military detention since the latest wave of protests erupted. 77 Palestinian minors arrived at Israel’s Ofer military prison, located in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, in the first 19 days of December, compared with 35 in all of November. The majority of cases documented involves the ill-treatment, sometimes amounting to torture, of Palestinian minors and their denial of basic, fair trial rights in Israel’s military court system. One prominent case that received widespread attention was that of Fawzi al-Junaidi.
A photo showing the 16-year-old blindfolded and being dragged by more than 20 soldiers in Hebron went viral, and became a symbol for Israel’s use of excessive force on Palestinians. Junaidi, who is now facing charges of throwing stones, was arrested a few days after protests broke out.
According to DCIP report, out of 520 cases of Palestinian children being detained by Israel between 2012 and 2016, 72 percent experienced physical violence and 66 percent “faced verbal abuse and humiliation”. Ahed Tamimi, Mohammed Tamimi’s 16-year-old cousin, was also detained in an overnight raid on her home on December 19, followed by her mother and cousin.
About 45 percent of all children are detained during night raids.
Israel’s detention and ill-treatment of Palestinian minors often rupture the cohesion of Palestinian families. Fawzi started working after school at age 11 to help his family, after his father sustained a leg injury that left him disabled and his mother developed a terminal illness. Fawzi told a DCIP lawyer he was “repeatedly beaten and verbally abused” for almost two hours. Last year, Fawzi dropped out of school completely. “Fawzi breathed life into our family. He sacrificed his schooling and much of his life so that we could continue as a family,” said Mohammed al-Junaidi.”He is suffering so much now. They hurt him. I feel so sad for him, but I can’t do anything for him. We have no choice but to rely on God’s mercy.”
US coercive aid policy
There cannot be two opinions that USA remains the cause of all regional tensions and the continuing tensions in West Asia and it uses Israel to ferment crises everywhere. Israel, like Russia, has been asked by USA to take part in Syrian destabilization process .
It is no secret that fascist entities USA and Israel operate jointly, trying to sustain their immoral influences among weak nations. The USA very tactfully uses its military aid to weak countries to support every cause it pursues. When the UN voted against Trump and Netanyahu, an angry Trump got annoyed and warmed those that opposed USA. Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Washington, Trump vowed to cut US aid to any nation that votes against the USA. The president complained that some of the US’s partners receive hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, “and then they vote against us at the Security Council or…potentially, at the Assembly…Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot of money from wasteful aids. We don’t care,” Trump said.
The USA under a foolishly fanatic Trump on December 18 terror vetoed a UNSC draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem. The US veto of the UNSC resolution condemning its Jerusalem decision was a clear indication of the world’s disapproval of the decision and imperialist mindset of USA and unilateral approach to world politics.
The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to the holy city is being strongly protested. The decision violates several UNSC resolutions on Palestine as well as international laws and norms, Sheikh Sabah added. “The decision, if implemented, will crush all hopes for peace in the Middle East and it will be a direct slap toward the Arab peace initiative,” he said.
USA-Israeli twins have begun a dirty trick with Arabs by Trump’s unilateral announcement of confiscating Jerusalem for Israeli use as its new capital a as if Tel Aviv is not enough to store all terror goods, including the nukes it got illegally from USA.
Both USA and Israel, having exposed themselves as rogue states in modern world, got isolated by the recent UN vote against their joint effort to take away Jerusalem from Palestinians which is a holy place for Muslims, are still opposed to Palestine emerging as a full membership of UN , but however, they can do nothing to deny Palestine full UN membership, except one last minor prolongation to stop the besieged Palestinians to become a soverign nation.
UNSC seat for Palestine
American unilateralism is unique as the president coerces other allies to fall in line. The USA depends entirely on its power of its UN veto for forcing entire world fall in line and threatening other nations that do not obey and oblige Washington.
The veto system is fully as one veto member, like the USA, can decide every decision of the UN and UNSC and impose its will on the world. USA has misused its veto for shielding the Zionist crimes for so many years of existence of Israel in West Asia.
Veto system is extremely harmful in a world which moving towards greater democracy and freedoms. How can one power is able to impose its own will on UNSC?
For a world to be truly democratic, the UN veto must be removed. Or, alternatively, majority of veto members should be taken to pass or fail a resolution. In that case, USA would have lost his veto as majority of UNSC would have adopted the resolution criticizing Trumps Jerusalem gimmick.
How can USA take a unilateral decision on Jerusalem which does not belong to it or to Israel?
There should a limit to US nonsense.
On June 2, the UN General Assembly elected Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Poland and Peru as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council to serve a two-year term starting Jan. 1, 2018.
Kuwait expressed its eagerness to make the new member of UN Palestine a UNSC member and said that it will highlight the Palestinian cause during its tenure as a non-permanent member of United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The remarks were made by Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti deputy prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs, during his participation at the regular session of the Kuwaiti National Assembly.
The UN veto members are supposed to protect the a nations and people but they are only protecting themselves by suing the veto and making profits by servicing other nations seeking some favors. While USA and its capitalist-imperialist allies have shielded the Zionist regime from punishment for its terror attacks in Palestine and Mideast at large, Russia and China, having got their own so-called “non-aligned” block never cared to protect the Palestinians or Kashmiris from the occupational assaults of enemy militaries.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that Palestine will request full UN membership soon. the adviser to Palestinian President for Foreign Affairs, Nabil Shaath, was quoted in online media reports as saying that the request for full UN membership would be made in January 2018.
However, nothing seems to force Israel to end crimes against humanity and it continues to harass, kill and terrorize the Palestinians in all possible ways. World hopes the USA would reconsider the situation and back down from this unjust Zionist policy.
A seat on UNSC for Palestine would be a fitting honor to a nation that fought for centuries and sacrificed thousands of lives in the process as Israeli military kept on killing the Palestinians as its key Zionist state policy.
World celebrated victory in the recent voting of the UN General Assembly resolution against Trumps’ attempt to take away Jerusalem and result was a huge victory for Palestine and big failure for the USA and its clear biased policy toward Israel.
Trump’s foolish announcement on Jerusalem as his major achievement during the first year of rule as Jewish capital to keep the Jewish fund givers for his poll campaign happy and his intention to move the US Embassy there, triggered denunciations from around the world, with even close allies suggesting he had needlessly stirred more conflict in an already volatile region.
Since US President Donald Trump’s announcement on December 6, there has been a spike in military detentions of Palestinian children, with the number of minors held in one Ramallah-based detention centre more than doubling compared with the previous month.
The city’s status lies at the core of the Israeli-Palestinians conflict, and Trump’s move was widely perceived as siding with Israel. Even small crises over Jerusalem’s status and that of the holy sites in its ancient Old City have sparked deadly bloodshed in the past.
In spite of Washington’s coercive and pressure tactics and threats of reprisals, UN member countries overwhelmingly voted against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Turkey, European states, Arab nations, among others have quashed Trumps Jerusalem gimmicks by a UN vote with a clear victory for Palestine. On Dec. 21, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the status of Jerusalem to declare Trump’s decision on Jerusalem “null and void”. At a rare emergency special session, the draft resolution was adopted 128-9 with 35 abstentions.
Participants from the two sides a symposium was held by China from Dec. 21 to 22 also agreed that the international community should support the revival of Palestine-Israel peace process and enact a series of political and economic incentives, according to a document from the symposium. They praised China for offering a communication platform for them.
Palestinian and Israeli peace advocates reached a series of consensus to promote the settlement of the Palestine-Israel issue at a peace symposium. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the two sides affirmed that a “two state solution” is the only viable option to resolve the issue.
While hatred and rejection of Israel by the world dominated international relations, today the USA is also hated by the humanity as Zionist Trump has openly joined ultra fanatic and criminal Netanyahu who killed Palestinians particularly children to make Jews happy.
Preservation of Jerusalem’s status as a special territory under UN control would make it a safe and secure place.
One thing is indeed noteworthy about unity of Muslim nations- big and small expressing solidarity for the cause of Palestinians and against Trump-Netanyahu’s Jerusalem gimmick. Never before in the history of Palestine had the entire Islamic world stood up in defending the rights of people of Palestine. Also, now even the European powers led by UK are also backing the genuine cause of besieged Palestinians.
Victory shall be for Palestinians and other nations fighting against fascist oppressions and the colonialist yokes and equally for sovereignty from the occupiers to live with dignity!