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Palestine and Israel and US policy in the Middle East
I believe that finally there can be peace in the Middle East when international law is applied equally, for the very first time, to the state of Israel instead of just all other states in the Middle East where the United States tends to shoot first, and ask questions later. (Unless there’s energy; oil of course; then there can be shooting and then “negotiations” over who gets the spoils of the oil, later.)
Pardon my cynicism after twenty-six years of reporting this kind of news, but, that my friends, is a large part of the answer to the plaintive question that followed 9/11 – ‘oh why do they hate us?’ In many ways it is because of the way America treats the Middle East as America’s gas station without much thought at all about the people who live in the region. American support for the illegal and criminal occupation of Palestine, a proto-state under mandatory protection decades before Israel was born, is highly lowering our prestige as well. The world laughs at the phrase “honest broker” followed “United States.” It is taken as a given around the world that the US government is simply powerless at the hands of the Israel Lobby. Who who can blame them? After all, fifteen percent of the illegal colonists that Israel has put in neighboring Palestine contrary to Article 49(6) Geneva 4th, are Americans.
Until the bedrock international legal principle of ‘territory acquired by force of war is inadmissible‘ is enforced against Israel as it has been against other states, there can be no just solution or peace. People have a legal right to resist the theft of their land and resources and the killings of entire families by an occupier state, to do otherwise would have made the French Resistance illegal. There is a double standard at play here; the absolute impunity that Israel enjoys for it’s illegal behavior.
There are two ways to fix all that and one is a John F. Kennedy type push for a better energy source that at the very least be able to power transportation, a huge undertaking akin to the Moon landing days.
And two, applying the rule of law and justice not just to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, just three countries to name a few that we have had military operations in of late, but to Israel as well. A large part of the hate and enmity the United States faces stems from an inordinate amount of support for an Apartheid nation that refuses to stay within the borders that it itself declared as shown in the Israeli declaration of independence.
I would like to leave you dear reader with an important quote from Sir Alan Duncan, Sir Alan Duncan is Conservative Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton. He is a former Minister of State for International Development, and Shadow Leader of British the House of Commons. On October 13th, 2014 he made an amazing speech to the Royal United Services Institute the day after the Upper House voted to recognize the state of Palestine, a symbolic yet important measure followed by Ireland and then the Vatican.
The apt quote for all those who would use religion over international law and UN Security Council resolutions to “solve” this long and needless conflict is:
“The Bible is not a travel guide to modern national boundaries. Those US Christians who endorse and enable the expansion of Israel into Palestinian land should realise where morality and justice lie.”
The speech in its entirety covers in a factually devastating and gut-wrenching way exactly how I feel about this conflict. I urge everyone to read Sir Duncan’s speech because it is a fine primer on the importance of Palestinian issues and it shows the way to end this conflict under the rule of law. Doing so in a way that comports with justice and a total abhorrence of antisemitism is essential because right now those who support Apartheid Israel, support antisemitism. One of the features of Hasbara propaganda are the false accusations of antisemitism against those of us willing to speak out for a fair and durable solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict under the rule of law. (Read Sir Duncan’s entire speech here.)
Michael Hess, reach me at [email protected]
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