The State Of Palestine.

Posted on October 23, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

PalestineAlphabet The video was made by the National Consensus Government of the State of Palestine as part of the presentation of its National Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan at the Cairo conference on October 12, 2014. The video shows the extent of the damage Gazans have endured during the seven-week Israeli military assault beginning in July 2014.

Over 2,100 people were killed, of which 580 were children. During the Israeli military campaign one in four Palestinians in Gaza were forced to flee, while tens of thousands of homes were either partially or completely destroyed. Gazans now face shortages of shelter, food, energy, and water as winter rapidly approaches.

While over 100,000 men, women, and children became homeless from the 50-day Israeli siege, Gazans’ agriculture, trade, and industry were essentially brought to a halt, resulting in thousands losing employment and income. At the United Nations Security Council 7,281st meeting of October 21, 2014, the international community expressed unanimous agreement on the urgency of greatly accelerated action in bringing about Palestinian independence and statehood.

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(Thank you to United Nations Development Program (UNDP) at YouTube)

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Worldwide Israel Sanctions Until Palestine Achieves Independence.

Posted on October 23, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

ocean222Alphabet United Nations Security Council President for the month of October is Argentina’s representative to the UN, and on October 21 an extremely important open debate on the Middle East and Palestine was held lasting 7 hours 30 minutes. Around 60 men and women UN representatives from around the world took turns speaking. Without exception, but for Israel’s UN ambassador, every speaker called for an independent, sovereign State of Palestine (two-state solution) after the 51-day, latest Israeli aggression against Gaza killing 2,180, injuring over 10,000, destroying 20,000 homes, commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, as well as destroying Gaza’s major infrastructure. Over 100,000 Gazans are now homeless because of Israel’s military aggression.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, after traveling to Gaza recently, described the destruction as “beyond comprehension”. The over-7 hour meeting saw each speaker, as well as calling for an independent State of Palestine, pointing out the need for Israel to immediately end its confiscation of occupied territory and construction of settlements. Many speakers made the point that the United Nations has discussed the issue of Israel-Palestine again and again and again through the decades without realizing a long-lasting peaceful solution but – as the woman ambassador from Belize said, “this (Israel’s 50-day bombing campaign) is the last straw of the last straws” – the clearly unanimous consensus during the meeting is that the time for empty words without results is over.

Listening closely to the words coming from Israel’s UN representative during his turn to speak – then again after everyone spoke and Argentine’s President of the Security Council asked if there were additional comments – was very odd in that he failed to discuss seriously (not at all, really) any of the very significant points made by what seemed like 59 out of 60 meeting attendees. The total unwillingness of the Israeli UN representative to acknowledge any detail out of the entirety of the meeting’s clear, unambiguous message from men and women there could be described as irrational because of the extreme difference of opinion between an in-agreement 59 compared to one.

Many of the speakers used the word “intransigence” in describing the Israeli government’s uncompromising stance regarding Palestinian independence. They are precisely correct, and for that reason the only way Israel will compromise and agree to Palestinian statehood is a worldwide sanctions movement on Israel, based on the economic sanctions model currently applied against Iran, Russia and other nations around the world. Every nation on Earth, including the United States of America, must completely halt all economic, financial and military dealings with the State of Israel until Palestine has become an independent nation. Signed, sealed, and delivered.

Israel will not alter its law-breaking actions and cooperate with the international community to allow Palestinians their own sovereign nation without the necessary, powerful incentive of a sanctions process carried out by the world’s nations. It has become painfully clear Palestinian statehood is inevitable. That reality needs to occur as soon as humanly possible, because the Israel-Palestine conflict represents war and peace in the Middle East region depending on when Palestinian statehood is irreversibly achieved.

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In the following CCTV interview a former Israeli ambassador to Mauritania, now journalist in Israel, Boaz Bismuth becomes asked for his thoughts on recent actions by the nations of Sweden and Britain to recognize the State of Palestine. His responses, very similar to Israel’s ambassador to the UN during yesterday’s meeting, fail in addressing the concerns of an increasingly aware and rapidly growing majority of the world’s people and government officials, and, because their Israeli narrative could be compared to an encapsulated summary of over six decades of irresolution of the conflict. At the end of Israel’s UN ambassador’s words in front of the Security Council yesterday, after Boaz Bismuth’s interview here on CCTV, and after over 60 years of Israeli “intransigence” and consistent violations of international law – Israeli words and actions have contributed nothing to solving the conflict with Palestine: creation of a Palestinian state.

(Boaz Bismuth / Thank you to CCTV America at YouTube)

Compare what Boaz Bismuth said to an excerpt on Israel-Palestine from the address by Luxembourg’s UN representative, which she delivered yesterday to the Security Council.

“I’d like to thank the Secretary General for his presentation as well as the permanent representative of the State of Palestine and the permanent representative of the State of Israel for their interventions. Luxembourg fully associates itself with the statement that will be made by the European Union. Madame Chairman, the Secretary General has just presented the appalling outcome of the 50 days of war on the Gaza Strip; the third such war in 6 years that has caused so many deaths and wounded people; that has destroyed so many lives and entire neighborhoods”.

“We’d like to thank Egypt, its efforts have led to a ceasefire concluded on August 26. It was the first step that was essential to put an end to the hostilities, suffering and humiliations. We also welcome the conference on Palestine restructuring of Gaza that was held in Cairo on the 12th of October, organized by Egypt and Norway in the support of the Palestinian Authority. Our Minister of Foreign and European Affairs was there and he reiterated the strong solidarity of Luxembourg with the Palestinian people that translates into a lasting financial commitment of approximately 7 million Euros a year”.

“We also welcome a mechanism established between the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority and Israel, which is also an essential step in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, but we know that we need to go further. No people would be able to live under the conditions imposed on the inhabitants of Gaza, besieged between three walls on one side and the sea, and that survive only thanks to UN and international aid. We need to lift the blockade that is strangling Gaza and its economy”.

“Madame President, the war on Gaza confirms that fighting is inevitable in a context of political stalemate, hatred and discord. Over the past 20 years, the peace process has gone through repetition of three successive phases: relaunch, bogging down and failure. Each new cycle has provided its share of suffering. Its time now to step off the beaten path. The time is no longer to repeat the same sterile processes of perpetual negotiations that don’t lead to anything. Our duty is to draw the lessons from the past. The components of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East have been set forth many times; we all know the terms of the equation, there’s no need to repeat them”.

“The goal is quite clear: an independent, democratic, contiguous Palestinian State, living in peace and security next to Israel on the basis of 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital of two states. The time has come to take bold and concrete measures to implement the two-state solution, before others take further measures that will make this solution impossible. In this context, Luxembourg condemns the recent decision by the Israeli authorities to approve the construction plans for 2,600 housing units. This decision is a direct threat to the two-state solution and the need for Jerusalem to be the capital for the two states Israel and Palestine”.

“If this decision is maintained, it would confirm our doubt about the commitment of Israel towards a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians. Luxembourg would like to recall here that settlements are illegal with regard to international law. We call on Israel to reconsider its decision, and more broadly, to put an end immediately to settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the whole of the West bank. Just as the European Union, Luxembourg will not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders except those agreed by both parties”.

“We hope that the Security Council is able to play its constructive role in order to achieve peace, to encourage and facilitate efforts aimed at saving the two-state solution and putting an end to occupation. My country is ready to support those efforts”.

Luxembourg’s woman ambassador to the UN expressed views virtually identical to all men and women who spoke at the October 21 Security Council meeting on the Middle East, which can be heard and viewed at the United Nations website, UN.org.  Sweden and Britain have taken actions heard round the world when they recognized the State of Palestine. Boaz Bismuth replied to his CCTV interviewer about Sweden and Britain’s actions: “I would say it is, I would say, that it is a spectacular display of ignorance”.

When the CCTV interviewer suggested that Israel was facing increased world isolation, Mr. Bismuth responded, “Should Israel commit suicide now because of world public opinion?” He told the CCTV interviewer that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ address to the 69th United Nations General Assembly calling for Palestinian statehood was “vicious, violent lies”, Israel is just a small nation, and finally “This is ridiculous, it is ridiculous”.

Every nation on Earth must place overwhelmingly powerful economic and military sanctions on the State of Israel with the stated purpose of bringing into reality a Palestinian State. Israel’s stubborn, uncompromising, criminal actions are not only irrational but, with its possession of hundreds of nuclear weapons, extremely dangerous.

The world cannot risk waiting for Israel to come to its senses and conform to the wishes of an increasingly growing, “not buying it anymore”, impatient world. An international sanctions regime placed on Israel represents the action closest to a guarantee that Israel will capitulate to internationally agreed upon reason and rationality, and may offer the one and only chance of peace for men, women and children living in the Middle East region of Earth.

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(Part 1 of 3 / The 7,281st meeting of the United Nations Security Council) 

http://webtv.un.org/watch/part-1-middle-east-including-the-palestinian-question-security-council-7281st-meeting/3851389937001

Sweden, Britain Recognize State Of Palestine: Will USA Be Next?

Posted on October 14, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-31Alphabet In governmental moves which mirror the rapidly growing international condemnation of Israel’s 50-day massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, lawmakers in both Sweden and Britain have recently voted to recognize an independent, free, and sovereign State of Palestine. Many around the world are wondering which nations will soon follow the lead of Sweden and Britain, place similar resolutions before their lawmaking bodies, and call for a nation called Palestine.

With American mid-term elections around the corner, it shall be interesting to see how many of the thousands  of debates will include questions to candidates about the actions taken by Sweden and Britain, and if candidates feel the Palestinian people deserve the support of the US government – in line with most American citizens’ views – that the Israel-Palestine decades-old conflict needs to become irreversibly resolved once and for all.

As much as one admires British MP George Galloway there is disagreement on his stance against Palestinian statehood as well as his opposition to Scottish independence. Palestinians and Israelis, just as a husband and wife after the wife has suffered too many years of serious physical and mental abuse – must divorce. Using another divorce term, Palestinians and Israelis cannot live together in the same country because their “irreconcilable differences” have become so large that nothing but complete separation implementing a two-state resolution is realistic and tenable.

Making the issue of Palestinian statehood a major one in the remaining days and weeks of America’s mid-term elections from the Pacific to Atlantic Oceans – and because it is becoming clearer that an unresolved Israel-Palestine conflict is the source of most violence in the entire Middle East region – people living in America, through efforts to convince the Congress to emulate Sweden and Britain, have a real opportunity to initiate historic, peace-increasing change in that region of the Earth which has suffered horrific, unimaginable violence for far too long.

It is worth remembering that when Bishop Desmond Tutu, one of the most forceful leaders in the drive to abolish apartheid conditions in South Africa, visited Gaza and the West Bank for the first time and saw with his own eyes conditions that Palestinians were living under he concluded Palestinians were living in conditions much worse than South Africans under apartheid. Some observers during this last Israeli massacre viewed Israeli actions as delivering a “leave, submit, or die” message to the Palestinian people.

Continuation of the “status-quo” in Israel-Palestine, when the entire world now sees Israel as the criminal, rogue, apartheid state it truly is – combined with the fact that irresolution of the over-60-year conflict will guarantee more violence in the Middle East – is no longer an option, just as a wife can no longer remain in a marriage where her husband inflicts overwhelming pain and misery.

If millions of American men and women decide to help the Palestinian people out of their clearly wrecked “marriage” with Israel by demanding that the United States Congress – and those from all political parties running in every state for national office to serve – recognize the State of Palestine, a people will never again experience “leaving, submitting, or dying” ultimatums, but instead will experience staying on the lands of their ancestors, freedom for too long denied, and living life aligned with universal human rights given to each man, woman, and child on Earth directly from the Creator.

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(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)

“Israel Destroyed Everything.”

Posted on August 19, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Many times after tornadoes pass through areas of America, helicopters from news stations become dispatched to fly over the path of destruction.  Everybody’s seen the videos, looking almost as if a giant “lawnmower” drove over the trailer park, town or city blocks. Tremendous, shocking images of destruction and devastation from tornadoes which touched down on Joplin, Missouri a few years ago remain in viewers’ memories from film footage shot out of news helicopters after the damage had occurred.

Tornadoes are events which humans have no power to prevent or stop. What the Israeli military did to the people living in the Gaza Strip in the past five weeks – the now infamous “mowing the lawn” – was unleash an intentional, murderous bomb tornado. Has anyone noticed there have been no long video reports coming from helicopters flying over the destroyed sections of the Gaza Strip? The United Nations’ Robert Serry described conditions in Gaza as an “unprecedented destruction and humanitarian crisis”.

In the following video, a Press TV reporter talks to the former mayor of a city in the Gaza Strip with 15,000 residents. He recalls 1999, when the city and himself invited over 50 mayors from Israel to visit, welcomed them with food and drink, and how the Israeli mayors became impressed by the beauty and cleanliness of the city. The reporter asks him if the Israeli military were firing against military or civilians.

He replied that they (Israeli forces) were “targeting everything”: houses, trees, streets, ladies, kids, and old men. The former mayor estimated 450 homes were bombed, in what he describes as “complete, mass destruction”. He told the reporter that life for residents is now very difficult to cope with and, with winter coming, what has happened is the “disaster of the century”.

“They (Israel’s) are a brutal army. They kill civilization, they kill life”.

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(Thank you to Press TV News Videos at YouTube)