Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

So Much for the "worst-relations-between-Israel-and-the-US-in-decades" Controversy

So it's not a surprise that the United States vetoes all U.N. resolutions with target or seek to put pressure on Israel. The UN Human Rights council passed 3 resolutions involving Israel's policies and the United States voted against all of them. I will summarize the three resolutions, and I will save the best for last:

  1. Addressed 'grave human rights violations' committed by the Israeli army in the Palestinian territories. It also called for the halt to the systematic destruction of Palestinian cultural heritage. It passed 31 to 9,with 7 abstentions. Both the U.S. and the European Union (who together hold 7 seats), voted no.

  2. Addressed the systematic violation of human rights of those in the Golan Heights (Syrian land which was annexed by Israeli in the 1967 war). 31 to 1, with 16 abstentions. The U.S. was the only country with voted no, all of the E.U. votes were abstentions.

  3. Called on Israel to stop all settlement building, and to begin withdrawing from previous settlements. It passed 46 to 1, with 0 abstentions. The U.S. was the only country to vote no. Here's an excerpt from the resolution.

      ...reaffirms the inalienable, permanent and unqualified right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to live in freedom, justice and dignity and to establish their sovereign, independent, democratic and viable contiguous State; also reaffirms its support for the solution of two States, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace and security... (yeah this is terribly anti-Semitic excrement, isn't it!?)

I know this is standard fare for the United States which has undying support and infinity veto votes for Israel (I think they put in a cheat code for veto votes). But still, what the hell! You CANNOT be 'seeking' a 2-state solution and also tell Israeli they can keep building settlements, those two things are in fact, mutually exclusive. Building settlements = no viable Palestinian state.

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