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U.N.: Recognition for Libya but not Palestine?

Letter by Bernice L. Youtz, Tacoma on Sep. 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm | 6 Comments »
September 19, 2011 1:13 pm

The United Nations granted Libya’s transitional government a seat at the U.N. (TNT, 9-16). Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, welcomed Libya and, almost in the same breath, announced that the U.S. will work against granting the same status to Palestinians, saying that negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians must resume.

Pressed by a reporter who noted that Palestinians have been negotiating for some 20 years while seeing more and more of their land occupied, their homes and fields destroyed, she explained that “independence for Palestine must be sought between Jerusalem and Ramallah, not in New York.”

A friend in Jerusalem, a Christian Palestinian and longtime peace advocate, sometimes resorts to verse in times of stress. She just sent this:

“To go or not to go that is the question,
Whether to suffer the measures of occupation
The outrageous checkpoints and wall of separation
Whether to indulge in futile negotiations
Or take our case to the United Nations,
To go or not to go is NO MORE THE QUESTION.”

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