The Creation Of A Palestinian State

By Sabella Ogbobode Abidde

One of the most insidious myths of the past 50 years or so years is this: the creation of a Palestinian State would be a threat to the nation of Israel. Frankly, nothing can be farther from the truth. Refusing the Palestinians their own state and complete autonomy has been a grave injustice. It is an injustice, not just to the people of that great land but, to all those who believe in the sanctity and equality of all peoples. The Palestinians, as with all freedom loving peoples everywhere in the world, have the inalienable right to self-government and to fully exercise their rights, duties and obligations at home and abroad. In simple truth, therefore, the creation of a Palestinian State is more than 50 years overdue!

In 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations, in Resolution 181(II), partitioned Palestine. But on May 14 the following year, under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion, Israel declared itself a state: independent from the then British Mandate for Palestine. In spite of the controversy and/or circumstances of its being, the Jewish people – after years of wandering, suffering, exile, and persecution – rightfully attained statehood in their ancestors’ homeland. In the years since, Jews, no matter where they may live and no matter their occupation, religious bent, avocation, or worldview, call Israel home.

The Jews deserved their own state. They deserved the right to design and implement their own destiny. They deserved the right to individually and collectively exercise their fundamental human rights. They deserved the right to live in peace; and to thrive and prosper in the land of their ancestors. The international community, especially with the help of the United States, saw to it that the Israelis’ dream and aspirations were realized. And in the years since, no one can reasonably fault the existence of the State of Israel. It was right then, it is right today. But then, what about their next door neighbor, the Palestinians?

Before 1948, the British and the French and a few other western countries – along with some Arab/Middle East countries – saw to the confusion, the animosity, and the eventual attrition in and around Palestine. Today, not much has changed in terms of western powers and their penchant for imperialism. And this time around, the Arabs especially, seem confused and impotent insofar as helping the Palestinians. And the Palestinians themselves continue to suffer from both internal and external betrayal. Today, the most dominant power with the most imbedded influence is the United States of America.

In spite of several years of motion, there have not been genuine and actionable policies on the part of successive US presidents. America, from all indication, is not ready or willing to tell Tel Aviv “as it is.” The US Congress, along with Christian groups, is also not willing to do the right things. What’s more, the vast majority of the American public, it seems, have very little interest in the matter. As influential as Washington seems to be, many have indicated that the most powerful voice in this and related matter, is the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. This was the group, in late spring 2011, that almost made President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wet their pants.

Sixty-three years after Israel became a full-fledged state, the Palestinians have continually and consistently seen their hope and aspirations dashed. There was a time when some thought President Yassar Arafat was the stumbling block; believing that once out of the way, there would be progress in negotiations.

Well, Arafat was killed in 2004 and there is still no self-rule and complete sovereignty for his people. Then, Tel Aviv and Western capitals wanted the Palestinians to demonstrate their democratic credentials before meaningful concessions would be reached. But as soon as Harakat al-Muqwamah al-Islmiyyah, otherwise known as HAMAS won the elections, the rules, expectations, and the goal post were changed or moved.

Before long, Mahmoud Abbas -- America and Israel’s favorite -- became the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the President of the Palestinian National Authority. Abbas has been in those positions since 2004/2005; still, there has been no meaningful progress. In recent times, the focus has been on HAMAS. Frankly, there is nothing new or unusual about HAMAS. The group is nothing several anti-colonial, anti-imperial, and anti-apartheid groups of yesteryears were not. It is likely that without HAMAS, Israel would pulverize Palestine. This is the group, along with the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, that has, in the view of many, put a stop to Tel Aviv’s military and political adventures.

The Palestinians want nothing more than to coexist peacefully with the Israelis. They have the people, the land, and the government; and are willing to abide by international laws and conventions. All they want is international recognition for their aspiration: Statehood.

Virtually all the countries in the Global South are willing to confer such recognition, but the US has cautioned many from doing so. In addition, the US has threatened to veto any such move within the UN Security Council. At this point, the Palestinians basically have two choices: go before the General Assembly of the United Nations, or unilaterally declare independence.

On September 14, 2011, the Cable News Network reported the Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman, as saying that a unilateral declaration of independence would have “dire consequences” on future negotiations. What else does Tel Aviv want? For the Palestinians to wait another sixty-three years for their own independence and complete autonomy? These are people who have had their basic and governing infrastructure destroyed; its leadership systematic decimated; its educational, social and economic system almost wiped out; and its youths made to wander aimlessly.

Now or at any time in the future, should the Palestinians come before the UN General Assembly for a vote on “Full Membership” or “Complete Independence and Autonomy,” the Nigerian government should enthusiastically support such a bid. African and South American countries should support such a vote.

Members of the General Assembly should also support such a vote. And within the Security Council, if the United States is not courageous enough to do what is right, then, other members of the council should disregard her. In the end, if nothing tangible or meaningful comes out of the Palestinians’ petition, then, they should be allowed to employ other means to free themselves from the shackles of oppression and apartheid.

Just so you know: Palestinian statehood has always been a contentious question. For instance, we know that in 1937, the British Royal Commission, chaired by Lord Peel, examined the Palestinian question. The question of statehood also came up in the Balfour Declaration, the Sykes Picot Agreement, the McMahon Correspondence, and during the Camp David Accord in 1978. And in more recent times, the question of statehood was part of every peace accord by the Israelis and Palestinians namely, the Madrid Peace Conference (1991), the Oslo Accord (1993), the Camp David 2000 Summit, and the Road Map of 2002.

The irony here is that after several years of armed struggles and peaceful negotiation, the Palestinians are no closer to attaining their collective aspiration of a Palestinian State. And ironically, the Israelis, too, are no closer to achieving two of their national objectives: security and peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians and other countries in the Middle East.
In the words of H. L. Mencken, “If you want peace, work for justice.”

The men, women and children of Israel cannot continue to bask in freedom and prosperity, while their equals and contemporaries in Palestine continue to wallow in poverty and imprisonment and in fetid social and political conditions. The creation of a Palestinian State is now! It is the right and humane thing for us all.

Sabella Abidde lives and writes from Montgomery Alabama and can be reached at: Sabidde@yahoo.com
 

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Self-Determination: A fundamental right of all peoples, but...

The Palestinians have a right to self-determination. But the fundamental credo of Hamas is an abolition of an Israeli State. This credo has two fundamental faults: 1. you cannot ask the UN for State recognition while plotting the abolition of another State; 2. Israel as a nation, is part of the law of the UN. Therefore in the light of this credo, the Palestinians cannot confront the UN to ask for remedy while covertly or overtly infringing the law of the UN. Israel is in a situation where it is surrounded by very hostile neighbours. If Israel is assured of peace it could shift grounds; after all the same Israel withdrew from Sinai and Golan Heights when there was assurance of peace from Egypt and Syria. Peace is necessary for progress and the Palestinians should come forth with assurances of peace from its supporters and things would begin to move smoothly towards a realisation of their statehood goals. Palestinians, no need shooting yourselves in the foot.

NO OBJECTIVITY

I support that everybody has a right to live in a country he/she calls a home. The Palestinians deserve a state just as the forgotten Kurds do. But Palestinian statehood cannot be at the expense of Israel or the Jewish people. Typical of the political correct left, who always play to the gallery, the writer has failed to mention that it was in support of the Palestinian rights that Israel dismantled Jewish settlements in Gaza and got bombs in return. No mention that with Yasser Arafat Ehud Barrack agreed to 87% of the Palestinian demands, including Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, which Arafat rejected. How diabolical to insinuate that Israel killed Arafat. He conveniently avoided the fact that the Hamas charter and Hezbullah call for the destruction of Israel; a theme that Iran has repeatedly echoed.Egypt had a peace treaty with Israel and had its lands returned. Israel needs a peace partner not an executioner.

@Innocent

@innocent, are you sure Palestine was a territory Israel captured during the war? Which war are u talking about? The 1st or 2nd WW? The state of Israel was created by the neo colonialist powers led by Lord Balfour, a british national at the end of the second World War. The Palestinians were already established there long before then. Dont allow biblical sentiment becloud yr sense of justice for the Palestinians people. That is what Israel has been using for the past 60yrs to deceive the world. I am a Christian and will never support evil against any human being-regardless of color, race, or creed.

The Real Threat To Peace

Well written but not too balanced. Do you know that up till this moment, it is still in the PLO, HAMAS and HIZBOLLAH'S charter that the elimination of Israel as a nation is their main concern? Every right thinking person and a lover of peace wants a Palestinian state. But the Palestinians must also recognize Israel's right to co-exist with them. The real threat to peace between Israel and Palestine are those violent groups. All Israel had done over the years was to defend itself and it had never struck or attacked first.

RE palestine statehood

Nigeria should not support any independence from palestine for now untill it make a complete peace with Isreal. Hamas itself does not support this statehood issue and if the Americans, UK, and Isreal saw the threat palestine statehood will cause, why should we Nigerian go against these countries.
Remember palestine was a territory Isreal captured during the war, so let it be.

You have said only but part of the truth

Sir, I daresay your article is well researched. But you did not say the whole truth and in many cases, you actually perverted the truth.

When you say that all the Palestinians want is to exist side by side with Israel, I believe you know better. Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist. As a matter of fact, most of the surrounding Arab nations do not want Israel to exist. Please tell me, what caused the seven-day war?

Also, when you say it is because of Hamas that Israel has not destroyed the Palestinians, I am sure you are intentionally or otherwise, misleading the gullible ones. Israel is not on a mission to annihilate the Palestinians. You certainly know that Israel has a clear military advantage over Palestine and can destroy it completely if they were to be left alone.

I certainly want an independent Palestine. However, Nigeria should not support their bid at the UN at this time. The legitimate security concerns of Israel has to be considered too.

If I may ask

If I may ask "sultanofsokoto", why do you hate the Arabs? Is it because of their religion or what? I don't know whether the "spirit" of Jesus (may Allah be pleased with Him) is "in you" or just "with you".

palestinian statehood

i am in complete agreement with this writer Sabella,the Palestinians long
deserve their own state with established boundaries.Every person who subscribes to the principles of equality should support this noble idea.
i believe that the Palestinians are ready to co exist peacefully with their neighbours including the state of Isreal.
The perceived injustices of the past has helped a great deal in creating much of the insecurity the world is facing today.Equality,justice and fairness should be watch words in resolving most of these problems in the middle east.

palestinian statehood

i am in complete agreement with this writer sabella,the Palestinians long
deserve their own state with established boundaries.Every person who subscribes to the principles of equality should support this noble idea.
i believe that the Palestinians are ready to co exist peacefully with their neighbours including the state of Isreal.
The perceived injustices of the past has helped a great deal in creating much of the insecurity the world is facing today.Equality,justice and fairness should be watch words in resolving most of these problems in the middle east.

Fundamental human rights

Though i hate arabs (yes, hate!)but i do support them (palestinians) having a place to call home and country.
For me it's a matter of fundamental Human Rights and dignity. Israel has being over the years acting and behaving like a spoilt child who always wants to get things done or seen her way.
Aparthied is in place in palestina...we fought it in SA. Let the palestinians have their country!

No sentiment

All comments here today are with sentiment. Well said and hope other comments will follow same pattern.

Nigeria must show leadership now or never

A time has come for Nigeria and Nigerians to once again stand in support of the oppressed people of Palestine. I remember with nostalgia how we contributed money in my primary school in the eighties to support the people of Namibia and latter the emancipation of South Africa from the apartheid regime. Palestine have gone through worst cruelties and injustices at the hand of the zionist and for a longer period. Palestine must be supported by all who wished for a new beginning in global peace and security. Thank you very much Sabella Ogbobode Abidde for adding your voice to the struggle.

The US veto against Palestine

The US veto against the Palestinian self rule,is not just an injustice to the people of Palestine,but a feeler to the ground signifying and justifying the claims by the terrorists that the US is too ambitious against islam.The US actions in the states of Somalia,Afghanistan,Algeria,Mauritania,Iraq,Tunisia,Egypt,Syria,Yemen,Iran,the Libyan hostilities and the fire it is pushing towards the Nigerian state and the Kingdon of Sa'udi Arabia would add some colour to insurgency.I appeal to Barack Obama to be just and fair to all manner of people to make the world see peace.

oooh freedom for plaestine at last!

Someone has to force the United States to re-adjust itself or pay a price for its stubbornness. After that, the US can make some timely evaluations on the world and itself. Most especially Libya. So, the PLO’s effort to join the UN is a brave action which should not be examined along religious lines in Nigeria. But must be looked into, based on truth, equity and justice. Our support might not matter that much to the yankees and some clowns in the Middle East. However, our applauses at the UN for the Palestinians, will be enough to bother the United States. So, let us give it to them. After suffering for 60yrs in their own land, its time for us to look God or Allah in the face and say-enough is enough! It time for our brothers and sisters in Palestine to be granted their well deserved freedom!

end neo-colonialism in Palestine-a homeland is all they ask 4

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s effort to join the UN regardless of American opposition is an elaborate revolt against the US. It brings the US embarrassment and troubles that it could never tell, and it brings the PLO itself huge amounts of supporters and a positive political position around the globe. It’s a revolt of a small country against a big one. The reason why the revolt can be achieved is that the revolt has struck the weakness of the US Middle East policy. That is why Nigeria should do all in her power to support the Palestinians cause. The era of Israel using the Holy Bible to justify her criminal occupation of Palestinians land, is over and done with.

GEJ TIME FOR PALESTINIANS TO BE FREE IS NOW!!!

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s effort to join the UN regardless of American opposition is an elaborate revolt against the US. It brings the US embarrassment and troubles that it could never tell, and it brings the PLO itself huge amounts of supporters and a positive political position around the globe. It’s a revolt of a small country against a big one. The reason why the revolt can be achieved is that the revolt has struck the weakness of the US Middle East policy. That is why Nigeria should do all in her power to support the Palestinians cause. The era of Israel using the Holy Bible to justify her criminal occupation of Palestinians land, is over and done with.

WELL SAID

Well said. Although most look at it through the eyes of religion. The way to world peace? Justice justice justice.