the governments & the parliaments
of the nations now recognizing
or being called on to recognize
the State of Palestine
(for how can a State subsist
without viable living space?)
they & the entire United Nations
would do what is really called for:
issue an ultimatum to the State of Israel:
IF YOU DON’T END THE OCCUPATION
IMMEDIATELY; APOLOGIZE TO & EQUITABLY
COMPENSATE THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE;
& ACTIVELY ASSIST IN THE ESTABLISHING
OF A VIABLE PALESTINIAN STATE, WE WILL
DERECOGNIZE THE STATE OF ISRAEL!
People make mistakes
Parliaments make mistakes
Governments make mistakes
The United Nations has made mistakes
Mistakes cannot be undone,
Their consequences cannot be undone,
But mistakes can be admitted,
apologized for, & the needed work of
mending, compensation, reconciliation
can begin to be begun.
The UN General Assembly created
what would become the State of Israel
when on November 29, 1947 they voted
overwhelmingly for an unequitable partition
of Palestine into a Jewish state & an Arab state,
& when the State of Israel was proclaimed
on 14 May, 1948, it was soon recognized
by a large number of the world’s nations
& is today recognized by 160 of the 192
(83%) of the other member states of the UN.
People can make promises,
can commit themselves to good causes.
Parliaments can & have done this
Governments can & have done this
The United Nations can & has done this.
& sometimes they remain committed,
& sometimes they don’t.On December 10, 1948
The UN General Assembly adopted
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“the most universal human rights document
in existence, delineating the thirty fundamental rights
that form the basis for a democratic society”.
Sadly, it cannot be said that all those thirty
fundamental rights are truly available to people
living in the member states of the United Nations,
even in those that call themselves democratic societies.
But it can definitely be said that for the past 47 years
at least, the State of Israel has violated, & continues
to violate almost every one of those
thirty fundamental rights.
& this fact needs to be exposed
& the State of Israel should be held to account
as should all countries that are signatories
to the Declaration but continue to violate its articles.
& this will need to be addressed in all those countries.
But it seems only just to begin with the State of Israel
because it has the chutzpah to call itself a democracy,
& to call itself the “national state of the Jewish people”,
while it tramples underfoot the lives of people
living within its undefined borders as second-class “citizens”
& makes unbearable the lives of others in its occupied territories.
so if they weren’t most of them hypocrites, afraid of
being called on their own violations of the Declaration,
the governments & the parliaments of the nations
now recognizing or being called on to recognize
the State of Palestine, they & the entire United Nations
would do what is really called for, & issue such an ultimatum.