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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Text: Abbas to UN: Palestinians reject anything less than all of eastern Jerusalem - entire area beyond Green Line

Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: All day the Israeli left praised Abbas - certain
that he was interested in a deal.

But he answered at the UN: "We will accept no less than the all the
Palestinian territory occupied in 1967"

Oops.

As for flooding Israel with refugees? "a solution for the refugee issue on
the basis of resolution 194 (III), as per the operative part of the Arab
Peace Initiative" = as the Arabs explain, flooding Israel with anyone who
has an ancestor who was in Israel around the period of the founding of the
State of Israel (the majority of these ancestors, by the way were relatively
new to the area as they were drawn by the economic opportunity created by
Jewish immigration).

Oops. ]

Abbas Presents Resolution to Gain Palestine “Non-Member State Observer”
http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=21210

NEW YORK, November 29, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday
presented the resolution calling for upgrading the status of Palestine from
“observer entity” to “non-member state observer” at the United Nations
General Assembly in New York city.

Abbas said during his speech “sixty-five years ago on this day, the United
Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which partitioned the
land of historic Palestine into two States and became the birth certificate
for Israel.”

He added, “Sixty-five years later and on the same day, which your esteemed
body has designated as the International Day of Solidarity with the
Palestinian People, the General Assembly stands before a moral duty, which
it must not hesitate to undertake, and stands before a historic duty, which
cannot endure further delay, and before a practical duty to salvage the
chances for peace, which is urgent and cannot be postponed.”

Abbas said that the time has come to recognize the State of Palestine,
whether as a full member or a non-member State in this organization to take
its rightful place among the community of nations.

He confirmed that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the sole,
legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and the constant leader
of their revolution and struggle, has consistently strived to achieve to
maintain harmony and conformity.

“When the Palestine National Council decided in 1988 to pursue the
Palestinian peace initiative and adopted the Declaration of Independence,
which was based on resolution 181 (II) (29 November 1947), it was
undertaking a decision that defined the requirements for a historic
reconciliation that would turn the page on war,” he said.

Abbas said that the reason behind Israel’s aggressive policies and actions
against the Palestinian people stems from a conviction that “it is above the
law and that it has immunity from accountability and consequences.”

He pointed out the Israeli position opposing peace, saying that the whole
world have witnessed the ongoing flood of Israeli threats in response to the
Palestinian peaceful endeavor. “And, you have surely witnessed how some of
these threats have been carried out in a barbaric and horrific manner, just
days ago in the Gaza Strip.”

“The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: Enough of aggression,
settlements and occupation,” Abbas insisted.

He said that passing the resolution will send a promising message to
Palestinians worldwide and to the prisoners struggling for freedom in Israel’s
prisons that justice is possible.

Abbas reiterated that the Palestinian bid to UN doesn’t seek to delegitimize
a State established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm
the legitimacy of the State that must now achieve its independence, and that
is Palestine.

“We did not come here to add further complications to the peace process,
which Israel’s policies have thrown into the intensive care unit; rather we
came to launch a final serious attempt to achieve peace,” said Abbas.

Abbas reaffirmed that Palestine will always “adhere to and respect the
Charter and resolutions of the United Nations and international humanitarian
law, uphold equality, guarantee civil liberties, uphold the rule of law,
promote democracy and pluralism, and uphold and protect the rights of
women.”

He concluded his speech by requesting the UN to recognize Palestine saying:
“This is why in specific we are here today.”

Hereby is Abbas’ full speech:

Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Palestine comes today to the United Nations General Assembly at
a time when it is still tending to its wounds and still burying its beloved
martyrs of children, women and men who have fallen victim to the latest
Israeli aggression, still searching for remnants of life amid the ruins of
homes destroyed by Israeli bombs on the Gaza Strip, wiping out entire
families, their men, women and children murdered along with their dreams,
their hopes, their future and their longing to live an ordinary life and to
live in freedom and peace.

Palestine comes today to the General Assembly because it
believes in peace and because its people, as proven in past days, are in
desperate need of it.

Palestine comes today to this prestigious international forum,
representative and protector of international legitimacy, reaffirming our
conviction that the international community now stands before the last
chance to save the two-State solution.

Palestine comes to you today at a defining moment regionally and
internationally, in order to reaffirm its presence and to try to protect the
possibilities and the foundations of a just peace that is deeply hoped for
in our region.

Mr. President,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Israeli aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip has
confirmed once again the urgent and pressing need to end the Israeli
occupation and for our people to gain their freedom and independence. This
aggression also confirms the Israeli Government’s adherence to the policy of
occupation, brute force and war, which in turn obliges the international
community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the Palestinian people
and towards peace.

This is why we are here today.

I say with great pain and sorrow… there was certainly no one in
the world that required that tens of Palestinian children lose their lives
in order to reaffirm the above-mentioned facts. There was no need for
thousands of deadly raids and tons of explosives for the world to be
reminded that there is an occupation that must come to an end and that there
are a people that must be liberated. And, there was no need for a new,
devastating war in order for us to be aware of the absence of peace.

This is why we are here today.

Mr. President,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Palestinian people, who miraculously recovered from the
ashes of Al-Nakba of 1948, which was intended to extinguish their being and
to expel them in order to uproot and erase their presence, which was rooted
in the depths of their land and depths of history. In those dark days, when
hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were torn from their homes and
displaced within and outside of their homeland, thrown from their beautiful,
embracing, prosperous country to refugee camps in one of the most dreadful
campaigns of ethnic cleansing and dispossession in modern history. In those
dark days, our people had looked to the United Nations as a beacon of hope
and appealed for ending the injustice and for achieving justice and peace,
the realization of our rights, and our people still believe in this and
continue to wait.

This is why we are here today.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In the course of our long national struggle, our people have
always strived to ensure harmony and conformity between the goals and means
of their struggle and international law and spirit of the era in accordance
with prevailing realities and changes. And, our people always have strived
not to lose their humanity, their highest, deeply-held moral values and
their innovative abilities for survival, steadfastness, creativity and hope,
despite the horrors that befell them and continue befall them today as a
consequence of Al-Nakba and its horrors.

Despite the enormity and weight of this task, the Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO), the sole, legitimate representative of the
Palestinian people and the constant leader of their revolution and struggle,
has consistently strived to achieve this harmony and conformity.

When the Palestine National Council decided in 1988 to pursue
the Palestinian peace initiative and adopted the Declaration of
Independence, which was based on resolution 181 (II) (29 November 1947),
adopted by your august body, it was in fact undertaking, under the
leadership of the late President Yasser Arafat, a historic, difficult and
courageous decision that defined the requirements for a historic
reconciliation that would turn the page on war, aggression and occupation.

This was not an easy matter. Yet, we had the courage and sense
of high responsibility to make the right decision to protect the higher
national interests of our people and to confirm our adherence to
international legitimacy, and it was a decision which in that same year was
welcomed, supported and blessed by this high body that is meeting today.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have heard and you too have heard specifically over the past
months the incessant flood of Israeli threats in response to our peaceful,
political and diplomatic endeavor for Palestine to acquire non-member
observer State in the United Nations. And, you have surely witnessed how
some of these threats have been carried out in a barbaric and horrific
manner, just days ago in the Gaza Strip.

We have not heard one word from any Israeli official expressing
any sincere concern to save the peace process. On the contrary, our people
have witnessed, and continue to witness, an unprecedented intensification of
military assaults, the blockade, settlement activities and ethnic cleansing,
particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem, and mass arrests, attacks by
settlers and other practices by which this Israeli occupation is becoming
synonymous with an apartheid system of colonial occupation, which
institutionalizes the plague of racism and entrenches hatred and incitement.

What permits the Israeli Government to blatantly continue with
its aggressive policies and the perpetration of war crimes stems from its
conviction that it is above the law and that it has immunity from
accountability and consequences. This belief is bolstered by the failure by
some to condemn and demand the cessation of its violations and crimes and by
position that equate the victim and the executioner.

The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: Enough of
aggression, settlements and occupation.

This is why we are here now.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a State established
years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of
the State that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine. We
did not come here to add further complications to the peace process, which
Israel’s policies have thrown into the intensive care unit; rather we came
to launch a final serious attempt to achieve peace. Our endeavor is not
aimed at terminating what remains of the negotiations process, which has
lost its objective and credibility, but rather aimed at trying to breathe
new life into the negotiations and at setting a solid foundation for it
based on the terms of reference of the relevant international resolutions in
order for the negotiations to succeed.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization, I say: We
will not give up, we will not tire, and our determination will not wane and
we will continue to strive to achieve a just peace.
However, above all and after all, I affirm that our people will
not relinquish their inalienable national rights, as defined by United
Nations resolutions. And our people cling to the right to defend themselves
against aggression and occupation and they will continue their popular,
peaceful resistance and their epic steadfastness and will continue to build
on their land. And, they will end the division and strengthen their
national unity. We will accept no less than the independence of the State
of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on all the Palestinian
territory occupied in 1967, to live in peace and security alongside the
State of Israel, and a solution for the refugee issue on the basis of
resolution 194 (III), as per the operative part of the Arab Peace
Initiative.

Yet, we must repeat here once again our warning: the window of opportunity
is narrowing and time is quickly running out. The rope of patience is
shortening and hope is withering. The innocent lives that have been taken
by Israeli bombs - more than 168 martyrs, mostly children and women,
including 12 members of one family, the Dalou family, in Gaza - are a
painful reminder to the world that this racist, colonial occupation is
making the two-State solution and the prospect for realizing peace a very
difficult choice, if not impossible.

It is time for action and the moment to move forward.

This is why we are here today.

Mr. President,

Ladies and Gentleman,

The world is being asked today to undertake a significant step
in the process of rectifying the unprecedented historical injustice
inflicted on the Palestinian people since Al-Nakba of 1948.

Every voice supporting our endeavor today is a most valuable
voice of courage, and every State that grants support today to Palestine’s
request for non-member observer State status is affirming its principled and
moral support for freedom and the rights of peoples and international law
and peace.

Your support for our endeavor today will send a promising
message - to millions of Palestinians on the land of Palestine, in the
refugee camps both in the homeland and the Diaspora, and to the prisoners
struggling for freedom in Israel’s prisons - that justice is possible and
that there is a reason to be hopeful and that the peoples of the world do
not accept the continuation of the occupation.

This is why we are here today.

Your support for our endeavor today will give a reason for hope
to a people besieged by a racist, colonial occupation. Your support will
confirm to our people that they are not alone and their adherence to
international law is never going to be a losing proposition.

In our endeavor today to acquire non-member State status for
Palestine in the United Nations, we reaffirm that Palestine will always
adhere to and respect the Charter and resolutions of the United Nations and
international humanitarian law, uphold equality, guarantee civil liberties,
uphold the rule of law, promote democracy and pluralism, and uphold and
protect the rights of women.

As we promised our friends and our brothers and sisters, we will
continue to consult with them upon the approval of your esteemed body our
request to upgrade Palestine’s status. We will act responsibly and
positively in our next steps, and we will to work to strengthen cooperation
with the countries and peoples of the world for the sake of a just peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Sixty-five years ago on this day, the United Nations General
Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which partitioned the land of historic
Palestine into two States and became the birth certificate for Israel.

Sixty-five years later and on the same day, which your esteemed
body has designated as the International Day of Solidarity with the
Palestinian People, the General Assembly stands before a moral duty, which
it must not hesitate to undertake, and stands before a historic duty, which
cannot endure further delay, and before a practical duty to salvage the
chances for peace, which is urgent and cannot be postponed.

Mr. President,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The time has come to recognize our State of Palestine, whether
as a full member or a non-member State in this organization, paving the way
for it to take its rightful place among the community of nations.

This is why in specific we are here today.

Thank you.

M.H. /F.R.

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