The Palestinian UN Membership Bid is but a Mirage

Written by One Democratic State Group

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas ,has announced his intention to apply to the United Nations Security Council for full membership for a Palestinian state on Friday, 23 September 2011…

Membership at the UN according to its charter is open to all other peace-loving states which accept the obligations contained in it and in the judgment of the organisation, are able and willing to carry out these obligations.

The admission of any such state will be effected by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.

A recommendation for admission from the Security Council requires affirmative votes from at least nine of the council’s fifteen members, with none of the five permanent members voting against. The Security Council’s recommendation must then be subsequently approved in the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority vote.

Despite the long term goal of the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, many Palestinian activists are discontented with this bid and are opposing it.

According to Dr Haidar Eid from the Boycott National Committee, this bid does not take into account the plight of the 7million refugees who live in atrocious conditions outside Palestinian territories.

“This bid only pleases one third of the Palestinian people,” Eid explained. On a practical level he asked, how will Palestine be established as a sovereign independent state, when Israel has expropriated most of the land?

“64% of the West Bank is under Jewish rule and Israel has created a monstrous Apartheid wall in the centre of the West Bank,” Eid emphatically stated.

According to him, the USA is not attempting to solve the Palestinian problem but merely trying to move it out of the way. He said that this will be a repetition of the Oslo Accords, which was the first direct, face-to-face agreement between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Furthermore, Eid stated that the Oslo Accords were completely frivolous as the Palestinian people were made to believe falsely that peace was imminent. “Never in the Palestinian- Israeli conflict did Israel use phosphorous bombs and M16’s against Palestinian civilians as they did after the Oslo Accords,” Eid elucidated.

Dr. Eid said that the entire world perceives that there is a misunderstanding between two states, Israel and Palestine. Rather it is a case of human rights and democracy.

“We cannot accept the two state solution because it is a racist solution par excellence,” Eid concluded.

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