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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Is Gaza occupied?

In an earlier post, I reported that Hamas 'foreign minister' Mahmoud al-Zahar has admitted that Gaza is not occupied. Al-Zahar is not the only one who has admitted that Israel does not occupy Gaza. Israel's moonbat Supreme Court has admitted it. Several prominent academics have admitted it. There's just one organization that can't admit it: The United Nations.
Now that Hamas itself has publicly recognized this reality, the UN’s refusal to do the same is less defensible than ever. The organization’s official policy has not changed since Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman, Farhan Haq, declared in 2008 that “the UN defines Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian territory.”

In 2009, the UN’s Goldstone Report claimed that “the international community continues to regard [Israel] as the occupying Power” in Gaza, and cited to the UN Human Rights Council resolution that created their inquiry, which referred to “the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip.”

This terminology continues to appear:

• A September 22 report in the name of the secretary- general speaks of a UN mission’s visit to the “occupied Palestinian territory, specifically the Gaza Strip.”

• In May, Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator on alleged Israeli violations, referred to the “occupied Gaza Strip.”

• A UN fact sheet on “the Occupied Palestinian Territory” includes Gaza.

THERE IS a certain paradox in all of this. Even as a key UN agency, UNESCO, recently recognized “Palestine” – which includes Gaza – as a full and independent member of its organization, the UN continues to use the “occupied” terminology.

The inconsistency isn’t new. For decades, the UN’s policy toward the Palestinians has been marked by a fundamental contradiction: giving them maximum privileges within the organization, while demanding minimum responsibilities.

But absolving Palestinians of basic responsibility hasn’t helped them one iota. On the contrary, Palestinian citizens are the main losers when those that directly govern and police them are never seriously held accountable for their actions.

Bonus question: If Gaza is not occupied and Hamas rules Gaza, doesn't that mean that all the 'Palestinian refugees' who receive benefits from UNRWA aren't really refugees?

But hey - why let reality spoil a good party?

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At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonus question: If Gaza is not occupied and Hamas rules Gaza, doesn't that mean that all the 'Palestinian refugees' who receive benefits from UNRWA aren't really refugees? ------------ Carl, if you are going to apply logic, facts and common sense to the Gaza/Palestinian discussion I don't see how the debate can continue. ;) LOL. P.S. Zabars is having a 10% off sale on certain gift baskets. Plus a gift pack. Zabars.com

At 6:48 AM, Blogger mrzee said...

The "refugees" in Gaza, Judea and Samaria have never actually been refugees since they've never left "palestine". By the UN's own definition, they're actually "internal migrants" but when it comes to Israel, they just make it up as they go along.

Obi Wan Kenobi might have been thinking of the UN when he said "You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy"

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Яша said...

can't stand to look at the mug of that fugly ape.

At 6:25 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

mrzee, obi wan was either thinking of the UN HQ or the Democratic Party National Committee HQ in DC. It's a tossup which entity deserves the title more, so they'll have to share it.


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