The UN voted today on giving Palestine an observer status, which Palestinians see as part of the process of gaining their statehood after decades of occupation, annexation and brutalization at the hands of the U.S.-supported Israeli government.
One hundred and thirty-eight countries voted for the status, while nine voted against it.
Who are those nine?
Canada, Czech Republic, Palau, Nauru, Micronesia, Marshall island, Panama, US, and Israel.
Dozens of countries like Germany, Australia and England abstained, which signal a break from Washington.
It is unbelievable how much contempt the U.S. has for democracy and self-determination.
Here are my thoughts on US's objection to Palestine observer status:
For years the U.S. has unilaterally imposed the condition on Palestine that they must recognize Israel and renounce violence—even though Palestine is the one who is being occupied and having their lands stolen, who is weak and powerless compared to the Israeli military which is highly advanced, and even though it is Palestinian resistance that is legal, and Israel's occupation and land theft that is illegal.
To make it worse the U.S. has never recognized Palestine and renounced violence, or demanded Israel to recognize Palestine and renounce violence.
- The U.S. State Department said that this vote was not the way to peace, and is why they voted against it. This is completely cynical and on two fronts: (a) The U.S. went along with this "way" when it was Kosovo and it suited Washington's agenda; and (b) What could possibly be a more appropriate "way" for Palestine to get their freedom, their rights and their land back when the U.S. arms and supports Israel in their occupation and annexation of Palestine, and when they provide economic, military and political cover to make it happen and keep them from being stopped, and so they don't have to accept one of the countless peace offers that have been offered to them over more than half a century?