Palestine – UN Farce Promises Theatre of the Absurd

September 26, 2011 by David Singer
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The appearance of Mahmoud Abbas at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September was reportedly met with “rapturous applause” by those present to witness this latest farce in the ongoing efforts to create a new Arab State between Israel and Jordan for the first time ever in recorded history…writes David Singer.

UN Secretary General Ban KI – moon was presented with a letter signed by Mr Abbas as “ President of the State of Palestine, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation “.

Mr Abbas’s letter stated that he had  “the profound honor, on behalf of the Palestinian people to submit this application of the State of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations.”

He continued: “This application for membership is being submitted on the Palestinian people’s natural, legal and historic rights and based on United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 (II) of 29     November 1947 as well as the Declaration of Independence of the State of Palestine of 15 November 1988 and the acknowledgement by the General Assembly of this declaration in     resolution 43/177 of 15 December 1988.

“In this connection, the state of Palestine affirms its commitment to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the vision of     two states living side by side in peace and security, as endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly and the international community as a whole and based on     international law and all relevant United Nations resolutions.”

Those joining in the rapturous applause should now digest what Mr Abbas is asking for – and reflect on his standing to do so.

When they do – the application should be rejected by both the Security Council and the General Assembly for the following reasons:

  1. Mr Abbas falsely continues to use the title “President of Palestine”  although his term of office expired on 1 January 2010 pursuant to Article 36 of  the Basic Law 2003 (as amended).
  2. The application does not identify the territorial boundaries of Palestine and  thus would preclude any action by the UN against such a member – should the provisions of the UN Charter be breached by it n the future.
  3. No State can be admitted as a member of the UN  that fails to comply with the preconditions necessary for the declaration of Statehood pursuant to the Montevideo Convention 1933. The Declaration of Independence of the State of Palestine on 15 November 1988 is similarly deficient.
  4. Basing the application on UN General Assembly Resolution 181(11) of 29 November 1947 is meaningless since this Resolution was rejected in1947 and has become extant. General Assembly resolutions in any event are not binding in international law.
  5. As Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – Mr Abbas is committed to maintaining the territorial indivisibility of Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and  Jordan under Article 2 of the PLO Charter.  The current application contains no mention of his intention to revoke this provision in the Charter or to forgo any claims to any other parts of this territory from either Israel or Jordan.
  6. Claiming that the application is based on international law and all relevant UN resolutions is contradicted by the fact that the PLO considers all such law null and void under article 20 of the PLO Charter which states:

“The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void.“

No commitment has been made by Chairman Abbas to revoke this provision of the PLO Charter as a condition of the UN approving his application for membership.

7.   The PLO is no longer the sole spokesman for the Palestinian Arabs and Mr Abbas is deceiving the UN in claiming to be speaking “on behalf of the Palestinian people”

An unconstitutional President claiming to be the sole spokesman for the Palestinian Arabs when he clearly is not – as his unresolved power struggle with Hamas shows – applying for membership of the United Nations for a country within undefined boundaries that is not controlled by the PLO whilst claiming to respect and observe international law when the opposite is demonstrably evident – is indeed the theater of the absurd into which the UN finds itself being propelled once again..

Israel’s Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu – followed Mr Abbas to the podium and was quick to  point out how automatic majorities at the UN had been used to incite institutionalised hatred against Israel.

“After all, it was here in 1975 that the age-old yearning of my people to restore our national life in our ancient biblical homeland — it was then that this was braided — branded, rather —     shamefully, as racism. And it was here in 1980, right here, that the historic peace agreement between Israel and Egypt wasn’t praised; it was denounced! And it’s here year after year that     Israel is unjustly singled out for condemnation. It’s singled out for condemnation more often than all the nations of the world combined. Twenty-one out of the 27 General Assembly     resolutions condemn Israel — the one true democracy in the Middle East.

Well, this is an unfortunate part of the UN institution. It’s the — the theatre of the absurd. It  doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi’s Libya     chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam’s Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament.

You might say: That’s the past. Well, here’s what’s happening now — right now, today. Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the UN Security Council. This means, in effect, that a terror organisation presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the world’s security.

You couldn’t make this thing up.

So here in the UN, automatic majorities can decide anything. They can decide that the sun sets in the west or rises in the west. I think the first has already been pre-ordained. But they can also   decide — they have decided that the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest place, is occupied Palestinian territory.”

The theatre of the absurd is definitely set to swing into action once again at the UN over the next few weeks. As it does so – the authority and standing of the UN is set to sink into further disrepute.

David Singer is a Sydney Lawyer and Foundation Member of the International Analysts Network

Comments

5 Responses to “Palestine – UN Farce Promises Theatre of the Absurd”
  1. ben says:

    There are enough precedents for this theatre of the aburd that singer points out – unfortunately all inconvenient for Singer’s hasbara. The balfour declaration, promising a homeland, in a country that does not belong to Great Britain. The Zionists grasping the hand of david balfour who restricted jewish immigration to Britain. The use of a fairy tale to establish a “national homeland” for people as far as the USA and Russia. A claimed common nationhood for Moroccon Berbers, ethiopian falashmura, Indian Shanivar teli, Cochinites, Baghdadis, Iranians, Yemenis, Poles and Russians.
    The UN voting to divide Palestine to give the majority of the territory to Jews who owned less than 13 per cent of the land. The institutional brainwashing of Australian kids in sectarian schools that somehow a land they have no organic connection with, is central to their lives. Protesting against the Belgian court’s trail of Sharon while establishing a legal precedent by executing Eichmann. You get the idea.

  2. Otto Waldmann says:

    I am sure that angry Zionist racist David Singer does not need my help in replying web pedestrian Mark Levy, the one dedicated, aparently, to peace.
    As a happy, laden with joy Zionist ,juicefully entertained by peace loving Jews of the Mark Levy kind,I am, yet, joyfully curious about the peace Mark is dedicated to.
    Could it be the kind of peace Palestinian Jew haters ar prommoting, because then Jew Mark may, while himself immersed in the joy of entertaining Palestinian celebratory mode, most certainly court the ONLY peace his choice of brethern know, i.e. they are only at peace if grief observed at Jews. Try enjoying it, Jew -for-Peace Mark, but ask your Mum first !

  3. Mark Levy says:

    I figure my 2 posts might not be published by the ‘moderator”.
    But hey I was only passing by on that website, and looking at the quality of the ‘article”by David Singer, I don’t think I will come back and waste my precious time here to read what an angry racist zionist is writing!

    Mark, Jew for Peace

  4. Mark levy says:

    David Singer’s “article” is written by an angry racist extremist zionist. It is unfortunate that this piece of nonsense has been published somewhere.
    Angry because the Palestinians clearly outplayed Israel with this UN application.

    David forgets to mention that Israel was created in a very similar way, at the United Nations by the General Assembly!!! Palestine is following a similar route.

    Without the UN, Israel would not exist.
    So Mr. Singer, now knowing this, is the UN a “theater of the absurd” to have allowed Israel to be created??
    Mr. Singer, please stop writing, your opinion does not count after seeing what nonsense you write.

    Free Palestine, this is long OVERDUE!
    Mark Levy, moderate Jew for a just peace.

  5. Otto Waldmann says:

    There is NO question that legal arguments have a validity which, realistically, pertains to the relativity of the RESPECT for the forensic dialestics,the consensus for the authority of the LAW and, implicitely, court forum. OUTSIDE all of the above considerations what prevails is the famous realpolitik ! Accordingly, the repeated ovations to Abass’ speach, the jubilation among the palestinians, the farcical celebratory arrangements bradishing slogans and signs of a fait accompli at the UN in favour of a non existent state, but, most importantly, the “birth”of a new tactical armoury in the arsenal of terror against Israel on a scale hitherto un-ecnocutered, are the realities on the ground AND the kassam riddled air we are now compelled to consider, face, fight against.
    Like some chinese pastry dish with pearls of wisdom or whatever messages hidden inside, the rockets raining across the Israel – Gaza divide contain one subliminal kassam message, i.e. : ” Kassam the Law !!!”, spelling accuracy allowing for the same realtivity…

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