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Palestinians, Beware False Friends, Such as the
By Stuart Littlewood
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 9, 2012
The usual empty rhetoric
Stuart Littlewood assesses whether UK Labour leader Ed Miliband
is worthy of the praise heaped upon him by the Palestinian Authority’s UK
representative, Manuel Hassassian, and urges Palestinians to beware of false
“friends”, such as the Miliband brothers and other Labour leaders, who are
unconditionally committed to Israel.
A press release has just
arrived in my inbox from the Palestinian mission in the UK proudly
proclaiming Ambassador Manuel Hassassian's jaunt to the Labour Friends of
Palestine Gala Dinner where he was keynote speaker alongside Labour Party
leader Ed Miliband.
Ed of course is the brother of David Miliband, a
Tony Blair protégé and foreign secretary under the worthless Gordon Brown
government and certainly no friend of the Palestinian people.
also a Blair-Brown protégé, had already declared that Labour would be
“Israel’s friend in good times and bad”. So let’s hope that age-old warning
“The friend of my enemy is my enemy” was ringing in the other guests’ ears.
Miliband repeated his party's
support for the two-state solution and Palestinian statehood. Some 130
member countries of the UN already recognize Palestine as a state, so this
is no big deal from Miliband.
Ed Miliband “wants Israel to end its expansion of illegal
settlements but not, apparently, to restore the land on
which existing ones were built.”
The Labour leader’s contribution was the usual empty rhetoric. He wanted
to breathe new life into the peace process.
We must do more to end
violence on the ground on all sides, continue to press the Israeli
government to bring the expansion of illegal settlements to an end...
There will be no path to justice for the Palestinians, security for
Israel and stability for the international community without respect for
human rights and international law... As the leader of the Labour Party
I pledge to do everything… to ensure we actively pursue a path that
supports the realization of Palestinian statehood in the context of a
negotiated two-state solution.
Miliband supports statehood only in the context of a negotiated
two-state solution. And that’s to be achieved by reviving lopsided and
discredited talks. He wants Israel to end its expansion of illegal
settlements but not, apparently, to restore the land on which existing ones
were built. And he talks about respect for human rights and international
law without mentioning enforcement.
He’ll “do everything” alright –
everything to avoid applying the law. That is because he has already pledged
his party’s friendship, through thick and thin, for Israel’s criminal
Ambassador Hassassian thanked him for his help towards
achieving peace and justice in the Middle East, though it’s hard to see what
Miliband has done to achieve anything of the sort.
In his speech
Hassassian said that the policies of the Israeli government were rapidly
killing any chance of a two-state solution.
If the status quo continues
and the international community does not take action, there will be very
little to negotiate. Israel continues to defy international law in its
continued expansion and annexation of Palestinian land... These
violations are not issues to be agreed as part of negotiations but are
issues that Israel has a duty to end.
Actually, it’s the duty of the international community to put a stop to
the violations. The Israelis will simply carry on until clobbered with
The leopard and his spots
All this pussyfooting has so
outraged my good friend Dr David Halpin that he sent Hassassian a reprimand:
"I would not share a meal with a man from an 'ethnic' group who had taken my
country by force and by terrorism. That group, that entity, has no respect
whatsoever for moral or international law.... Leopards do NOT change their
Then came this message from Maisoon, who regularly sends me
newsletters. "This event sadly shows and proves how low and subservient the
Palestinian movement in the UK has become. This is not the first time that
the PA's [Palestinian Authority] representative has praised the presence of
such phoney supporters...”
She feels deeply offended when such people
are invited to attend. "When are our Palestinian representatives going to
stop their grovelling? The entire Palestine Mission here makes a complete
mockery of our struggle for freedom… Hassassian, like the rest of the
worthless PA gang, inspires no faith, honour or trust."
Hassassian once admitted: “Always the Palestinians have been the underdog.
We never had a symmetrical relationship in terms of negotiations. All the
time we have been dictated to by the US government and the Israelis because
they have had the upper hand." If that’s the case, then why does he and his
PA and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) bosses even entertain the
idea of sitting down to more of the same? Look where it’s got them. Or, more
to the point, where it has got the Palestinian people. Their leaders are
suspected of doing very nicely thank-you.
The United Nations also
prefers lopsided talks to the more difficult task of upholding its own
Here is the UN’s special coordinator for the Middle East peace process,
Robert Serry, addressing a UN international meeting in May 2010 .
How can we take the current
situation – a continuing Israeli occupation with a heavy military and
settler presence, a fragmented Palestinian territory and a divided
Palestinian polity – and start building from there? How do we build the
only future that could work – a sovereign Palestinian state, uniting the
West Bank and Gaza, with a capital in East Jerusalem, politically plural
but with one authority and one security structure, at peace with itself
and with Israel within secure and recognized borders, with a just and
agreed solution for the refugees and their active participation in
building the state of Palestine? How do we implement the vision of
Security Council resolutions, which guide me and the entire UN system in
its approach to the conflict?
In my view, five things are needed
-- and without all five, we won’t reach this goal: real negotiations,
responsible actions on the ground, relentless Palestinian
state-building, effective crisis prevention and intervention in Gaza,
and a comprehensive regional approach.
Isn’t he forgetting something quite obvious? The law and it’s
Peacemaking and state-building can’t begin yet
A report a
few years ago by the Palestine Strategy Group called “Regaining
the Initiative – Palestinian Strategic Options to End Israeli Occupation”,
funded with European Union money, urged Palestinians "to seize their destiny
in their own hands” by refusing to enter into peace negotiations unless
the international community deals first with issues relating to national
self-determination, liberation from occupation, individual and collective
rights, and enforcement of international law.
Only when these
priorities are met, said the report, can peacemaking and state-building
That, surely, is the line for Palestinians to take. Why is the
international community insisting they do deals with Israel and bargain for
their liberty while still under illegal occupation? And especially when
borders and other matters were defined by UN resolutions and international
law long ago?
So thanks for nothing, Ed Miliband and all those other
phoney friends who are busy giving the Palestinians a bum steer. Unless
politicians loudly call for the Gaza siege to be smashed (with the help of
navy ships if necessary) and for the enclave’s territorial waters and
airspace to be fully restored, for the cancellation of Israel’s trading
privileges, for an immediate end to the occupation of the West Bank, for
strict enforcement of international and humanitarian law and all relevant UN
resolutions, for the arrest of
Israeli war criminals on sight and for the establishment of Jerusalem as
an international city (as designated by the UN), no-one should share a meal
with them or provide a platform for their insincerity.
Strategy Group also spelled out the need for national unity. "A house
divided against itself cannot stand… Palestinian strategic action is
impossible if the Palestinian nation is unable to speak with one voice or to
act with one will."
It’s so bloody obvious. Unfortunately,
Hassassian’s masters, the Fatah-dominated PA, have little grasp of law in
any shape or form. Or unity, for that matter. They speak to their citizens
though the thuggish Palestinian police, or “security force”, trained under
the notorious General Dayton and funded mainly by the US with EU
involvement. Their job is to do the Israeli occupation’s dirty work and make
it seem OK. In the process they have become experts in violating
Palestinians’ human rights. They do torture too. And by all accounts they
enjoy their work. In short, they have created a climate of fear and
The PA’s police have brutally suppressed protests
against – yes – police brutality. And the other day they violently broke up
a demonstration against a meeting between PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and the
Israeli deputy prime minister and former army chief,
Shaul Mofaz, a nasty piece of work who’s wanted for war crimes –
committed mainly against Palestinians. Fifteen people were injured,
including six journalists.
PLO official Hanan Ashrawi, one of the few
“good eggs” in West Bank politics, condemned the attack on public freedoms.
"The Palestinian youth are the leaders of our future, and it is our
responsibility to engage them in public life.”
imposition of two authorities, the PA and the PLO, confuses foreigners and
makes it impossible for Palestinians to speak with one voice. The PA
(Palestinian Authority) is an interim self-governing puppet organization
that’s responsible for internal security and helps implement Israel’s
military administration, while the PLO is the recognized representative of
the Palestinian people to the outside world.
Awash with foreign
taxpayers’ money, the PA has become a lucrative trough for the snouts of the
self-serving quislings who run it. It’s there to perpetuate the occupation.