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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 with 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.”

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. The Palestinians want to create a nation in exactly the same way Israel did.

    The vast majority of the world is for this – but the US will do Israel’s bidding again and veto it in the Security Council (there already have been 43 US vetoes on Israel related resolutions since 1972)


  2. fbergford says:

    Who cares about the Palistinians, who cares about the middle east! Worry about your own backyard before you worry about some place thousands and thousands of miles away!

  3. stetsonwalker says:

    There never has been a Palestine….

  4. Israel should accept the decision if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, about 70 percent of Israelis answered in a recent Hebrew University poll.


  5. Bernice…nice try. Moral equivalence between anti-Qaddafi and Hamas?jeeesh.

    Both you and Bb need to read the Hamas Charter for comprehension. So just which French / Swiss bank holds all the money for the poor Philistinians that was channeled through Yasser Arafat and his heir-to-the-fortune wife.

    Your friend’s “poetry” goes through a straw, and your sense of history extends no further back than this mornings breakfast…

  6. Bb is numerically impressed but historically challenged with:

    “Israel should accept the decision if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, about 70 percent of Israelis answered in a recent Hebrew University poll.”

    Something perhaps your parents might have mentioned advisedly:

    So if everyone (or 70%) jumped off the bridge, should you?

    The other consideration to your statement should be the question:

    “By what method and in which collective context”, no?…

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