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Amb. Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, representing Sudan, whose ruler in 2012 was wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, and who presented the UN resolution upgrading the PLO status on behalf of the Arab group.

I agree that this is a little like the joke about the police commissioner who boasts that while there has been an increase in crime incidents in the city, there are millions of citizens who have not committed any crimes in the past quarter — nevertheless, a measure of sanity among the world’s nations must be acknowledged and even praised.

The UN General Assembly today voted 138 to 9, with 41 abstaining, to upgrade the PLO’s observer status to the same level held by the Vatican, that of a “non-member state.”

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An email sent out last night by UN Watch notes that although the number of Yes votes may appear large, in fact it amounted to the usual automatic majority for any resolution attacking Israel — and the proposal actually won 28 fewer votes than a pro-Palestinian resolution adopted last week, and fewer than is usually received by such resolutions.

Moreover, as UN Watch also reported — in a Tweet reposted by Canadian Cabinet Minister Rona Ambrose among many others —  the PLO won 38 fewer than the 176 votes the U.N. General Assembly gave to genocidal Sudan when recently electing it to a principal U.N. body that oversees human rights.

Let’s be grateful for small favors. Think of it, there are 50 whole nations out there that are not sure they want Israel to be erased from the map, and 9 of them are actually against the idea at this time!

Although mostly symbolic, the statehood designation, as President Abbas boasted last year in a New York Times op-ed, paves the way for the “internationalization of the conflict as a legal matter,” enabling the PLO to pursue claims against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Incidentally, just so you wouldn’t be completely overcome by euphoria, the UN Human Rights Council is planning to release a massive report in early 2013 — by a commission of inquiry modeled after the one that produced the notorious Goldstone Report — which is likely to recommend the ICC prosecution of Israeli officials for “war crimes” in connection with the settlements.

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42 COMMENTS

  1. hm this is a very great result for the palestinian people. now they can finaly sue israel for crimes against humanity, for war crimes, torture, stealing, invading a free country without anybodys wish and for no reason, for killing innocent women and children every day. there are just 49 countries who did not say yes or not. majority of germany is on palestinian side and that for the crimes israel is doing over and over again. the majority of german people would have said YES.

  2. hm this is a very great result for the palestinian people. now they can finaly sue israel for crimes against humanity, for war crimes, torture, stealing, invading a free country without anybodys wish and for no reason, for killing innocent women and children every day. there are just 49 countries who did not say yes or not. majority of germany is on palestinian side and that for the crimes israel is doing over and over again. the majority of german people would have said YES.

  3. On November 28, 1941 the religious and political leader of the Palestinian Arabs and one of the most influential leaders of the Arab world Haj Amin el Husseini met with Adolf Hitler in Berlin.

    Husseini remained in Berlin through the end of the war and served as a Nazi agent. In Berlin he broadcast daily diatribes to the Arab world on German shortwave radio in Arabic. Specifically Husseini exhorted them to kill the Jews in the name of Allah and make common cause with the Nazis who would deliver them from the Jews, the British and the Americans.
    In 1943 Husseini organized the Hazhar SS Division of Bosnian Muslims. His division carried out the massacre of 90 percent of the Bosnian Jewish community of 12,000.

    In 1920 Husseini personally invented what later became known as the Palestinian national movement. He shaped its identity around the sole cause of destroying the Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

    In 1946, as his fellow Nazi war criminals were being tried in Nuremberg, Husseini made a triumphant return to Egypt where he was welcomed as a war hero by King Farouk, young officers in the Egyptian army who fused Nazi national socialism with the Islamism of the Muslim Brotherhood and took over Egypt after deposing Farouk in 1951.

    It is fitting that yesterday, on the anniversary of Hitler’s meeting with Husseini, Germany announced that it would not oppose Husseini’s heirs’ bid to receive UN recognition of a Palestinian state that seeks Israel’s destruction

  4. 2 or 3 State solutions will not work if we take the words of Palestinian leaders seriously. According to the PA, PLO, Hamas, et al. the only way for peace is for Palestine to be free from the River to the Sea. When the last Jew is ethnicaly cleansed from the land. But even them Islam has shown that it will just start fighting amongst themselves Sunni vs Shia, Persian vs Arab, etc. The only way Peace can be brought to Gaza and the West Bank is for Israel to take it back, disolve the PA, round up Hamas and through them in a dark whole, and give the Palestinian people the freedoms all Israelis enjoy including Moslems with in Israeli controled land. The one State Solution is the only realistic solution.

  5. Perhaps it is you nwho do not know or understand history. First Jews have lived there for almost 6,000 years, second, it was not the United States who created Israel and before you say anything else, you need to look up who supported Israel and then make your statement and this time be truthful!

    If you want to be correct, you must first understand that "Palistine" was located where Jordan is today and it was the Jordanians who "threw them out"

    You cannot make a statement true just by saying it, The truth of the matter is, it was Arabs and the Palistiniasns who started the war!

    Lastly, you may think that the Palistinians will now be able to charge Israel with all kind of crimes, what makes you think that crimes were actually committed against the Palistinians? It was actually Palistiinians who committed crimes against Israel and when Israel charges Palistine with crimes there will be no one to defend the Palistinians because it was they who actually committed all of the crimes!

  6. Germany would be (for now) for the palestinian people, after all just look at history during WW2. I was in Germany in 1990 and they still have a hatred for the Jewish people. But then again, they hate everyone except themselves. If the Jewish people did not exist, who would they turn their hatred on next? The palestinian people? You can beat your bottom dollar on that.

  7. It is not surprising that there are people in this world who have a prejudgement of Israel which arab propaganda feeds. If the arabs, (hamas & fatah) want to eliminate Israel, then Israel should use the monies collected for the "arabs" as compensation for the devistation inflicted by the "peaceloving" arabs whose school maps do not show the state of Israel.

  8. apfelkuchen225
    Similarly, you need to really study the history of the 6 day war before making absurd comments. Was Gamal Nasser your uncle that you lie for him. He lied to everyone and even lied to the King of Jordan, telling him he better join the war which he was winning if he wanted a share of the spoils of defeating Israel – this when he had already lost the war. Problem is those pesky Jews from Israel always outsmarted your favourite family.

  9. Hey, does anyone else want to create a country? How about one in Minnesota, or, even better, maybe take a few blocks of NYC and call it a country? New country, anyone? It could start a whole new craze! And it will be approved for non=member status by the mickey mouse assembly that used to be the venerable UN- remember the days when the UN was actually a valid body of member nations before it became a huge rubber stamp? (actually I don't, but I know it once was.) Welcome to Wonderland!

    I wonder what stage this all is in the coming of Moshiach. Please, G-d, let it be soon, in our day!

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