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Thursday, November 29, 2012
PMW Bulletin: PA: UN vote turns terrorists into freedom fighters & disputed land into occupied land

PMW Bulletin

Nov. 29, 2012

Two Palestinian goals at UN:
Have all disputed land declared "occupied"
and have terrorists declared legitimate freedom fighters
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8111

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

The Palestinian Authority wishes to achieve a number of political gains by
having the UN vote today, recognizing "Palestine" as a non-member observer
state. First, all lands that are disputed and whose future must be
negotiated according to the Oslo Accords, the PA wants declared Palestinian
"occupied territory." Second, they claim that UN recognition would change
the status of Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons to legitimate
freedom fighters and prisoners of war.

1- Changing the status of land under Israeli administration since 1967 to
"occupied territory"

PA Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki:

"If Palestine receives status of a non-member state in the General Assembly,
there will be positive effects on all levels in the future... Israel will no
longer be able to define the occupied territories as disputed lands. They
will become lands of a separate, occupied state."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2012]

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:

"During a speech at a meeting of the Arab League Ministerial Council,
President Abbas said: ... 'We will hand in the application and request that
it be voted on this November 29... We want to establish that the Palestinian
territories that were [taken] in 1967 including Jerusalem [are occupied],
since Israel has a different approach. It says that the territories occupied
in 1967 are disputed territories. In other words, up for negotiations'"

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2012]

2- Changing the status of Palestinian terrorists who have targeted civilians
into legitimate fighters and prisoners of war

"Minister of Prisoners, Issa Karake said that the [PA] leadership's
application to the UN to wrest [from it] international recognition of a
Palestinian state, which is not a member of the UN, will raise the legal
status of the prisoners and will offer international protection of their
rights and their honor... He said that the prisoners will become captives of
a state (i.e., Palestine), hostages and detainees in another state (i.e.,
Israel). The state's (Palestine's) legal status will turn them into
prisoners of war who are detained illegally in the prisons inside Israel."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2012]

Already last year, PA Minister of Prisoners Karake said that UN recognition
would indicate that the international community retroactively legitimizes
Palestinian violence:

"[PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa] Karake... explained that the
international recognition of the Palestinian State changes all the
imprisoned Palestinians into prisoners of a state, prisoners of war held
hostage in another state... He noted that the recognition of the state means
recognition of the legitimacy of the Palestinian struggle that the
Palestinian nation fought, in the search for freedom and independence. In
addition, it [recognition of a state] indicates that the struggles (Arabic-
Nidalat) of the prisoners are legitimized and legal according to UN
Resolutions, international laws and the third and fourth Geneva
Conventions."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2011]

Note: The Palestinian Authority uses the word nidal - literally 'struggle' -
as a general term that includes all acts against Israel - including terror
against civilians.

Earlier this year, Palestinian Media Watch released a bulletin explaining
the Palestinian Authority strategy. Last year, the PA went to the UN
requesting full statehood recognition. In the days following last year's
request for statehood, official PA TV celebrated the request by playing
clips that show maps of the future Palestinian state. As opposed to Abbas'
declaration at the UN recognizing Israel, the maps on PA TV showed a
Palestinian state replacing Israel.

The following are longer excerpts of the article on Karake's statements:

Headline: "Karake: Our application to the UN [to achieve] recognition of the
State of Palestine will raise the legal status of the prisoners"
"Minister of Prisoners, Issa Karake said that the [PA] leadership's
application to the UN to wrest [from it] international recognition of a
Palestinian state which is not a member of the UN will raise the legal
status of the prisoners and will offer international protection of their
rights and their honor... He said that the prisoners will become captives of
a state (i.e., Palestine), hostages and detainees in another state (i.e.,
Israel). The state's (Palestine's) legal status will turn them into
prisoners of war who are detained illegally in the prisons inside Israel. He
added: 'If the State of Palestine is recognized, it will be easy for us to
call on the parties to the Geneva Conventions to assemble in order to apply
the Geneva Conventions to the territories of the occupied state. This
includes [applying the Conventions to] the prisoners and in addition, we
will be able to prosecute the Israelis and hold them accountable for actions
and crimes that have been committed and continue to be committed against the
prisoners in prison.'"

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2012]

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