US is the only nation to vote against a UN probe of Israeli settlements

General (Ret) James David (who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the US political system and media) sent through the following as well:

James David wrote:

When it comes to full control of the United States, this shouldn’t leave any question in your minds as to who controls America.  It has been understood for decades now that these illegal settlements are the primary obstacle to any peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians but when it comes to a vote, the United States cannot even bring itself to vote in favor of a UN Investigation.  This Obama Administration is no better than the rest of the Administrations before him.  Where is the change that we have been promised?

UN rights body launches probe into Israeli settlements

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA | Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:06am IST

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations launched an international investigation on Thursday into Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, with the United States isolated in voting against the initiative brought by the Palestinian Authority.

The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned Israel’s planned construction of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying they undermined the peace process and posed a threat to the two-state solution and the creation of a contiguous and independent Palestinian state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly dismissed the Geneva forum on Thursday evening as “hypocritical” and having an “automatic majority against Israel”.

The 47-member forum adopted the resolution to launch a probe by a vote of 36 states in favour, including China and Russia, with one against (the United States). Ten abstained, including European Union members Italy and Spain.

The text was introduced by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and co-sponsored by states including Cuba and Venezuela.

“In violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, Israel is continuing construction of illegal settlements in the occupied territories including East Jerusalem,” Pakistan’s ambassador Zamir Akram told the talks.

The Council’s resolution called on Israel to take serious measures to prevent settler violence “including confiscation of arms and enforcement of criminal sanctions”, and protection of Palestinian civilians and property in the territories.

The three investigators are to be named at a later date.

About 500,000 Israelis and 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war. Palestinians seeks the territory for an independent state along with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Palestinians say settlements, considered illegal by the International Court of Justice, the highest U.N. legal body for disputes, would deny them a viable state. Israel cites historical and Biblical links to the West Bank and says the status of settlements should be decided in peace negotiations.


“This is a council that should be ashamed of itself. The U.N. Human Rights Council has no connection to human rights,” Netanyahu said.

“It was enough to hear the Syrian delegate today talking about human rights to understand how far the Council is detached from reality.”

In Geneva, Israel’s Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar denounced “the level of hypocrisy and double standards” in the Council which adopted other resolutions on Thursday on Syria’s Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the right of Palestinians to self-determination.

“The resolutions are unjustified and counterproductive. They will add tension and bitterness to an already explosive situation. This Council, by its own doing, is adding fuel to a fire which is our duty to try and extinguish,” Leshno-Yaar said.

Israel was strongly committed to a two-state solution and wanted to see the resumption of direct bilateral talks without preconditions with the Palestinians, he told the talks.

The United States said it continued to be “deeply troubled by this Council’s biased and disproportionate focus on Israel, as exemplified by the creation of another one-sided United Nations mechanism related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.

It was inappropriate to prejudge final status issues that could only be resolved through bilateral negotiations between Israel and Palestine, U.S. political counselor Charles O. Blaha told the Council.

“The U.S. position on settlements is clear and has not changed: we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. The status quo is not sustainable for either the Israelis or the Palestinians,” Blaha said.

But Washington could not back a “one-sided resolution that launches an international investigation of Israel,” he said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; editing by Andrew Roche)


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Such support for Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinians got the US tragically attacked on 9/11 (and earlier at the World Trade Center in 1993 as James Bamford conveys in his ‘A Pretext for War’ book – simply look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index):
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6 Responses to “US is the only nation to vote against a UN probe of Israeli settlements”

  • DavidEvans says:

    “Israel was strongly committed to a two-state solution and wanted to see the resumption of direct bilateral talks without preconditions with the Palestinians, he told the talks.”

    Of course Israel is committed to non-productive talks that it has used for more than two decades to stall while it continues purging Palestinians and building illegal colonies all over what was to have been a Palestinian state. It should be crystal clear by now to even the most brain-dead among us that the plan is for Israel to eventually take what little remains of Palestine while it continues blaming its victims for their plight.

    The following article is typical of the so-called “generous offers” Israel has made, Even if offers were worthy (they’re not), negotiating with Israel would be like negotiating with a thief who had stolen your home and forced you to move into a tent, as this is literally what Israel has done and continues to do to innocent people who are in the way:

  • Jack Dresser says:

    Israel was born in “original sin” (per Israeli historians Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim) by terrorism and ethnic cleansing followed by invention of a heroic creation myth, “memoricide” (per Israeli historian Ilan Pappe) against the people they dispossessed, and defiance of international law (the Palestinian right of return under Articles 13 and 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, affirmed by UNGA 194 in December 1948, as well as its own yet-unfulfilled pledge as a condition of its 1949 admission to the UN). The 1948 ethnic cleansing through terrorism including over 30 massacres (the Nakba) – not simply Israel ’s 1967 illegal land seizures and subsequent continuous, brutal colonization that has compounded the original sin – is the heart of the problem. To have peace, Israel must honor the rights of its victims despite likely loss of its Jewish majority and Jewish supremacy, gaining in exchange a normal state, peace and international acceptance.

    The truth cannot be forever denied, facts opposite to the Exodus fiction. Soon after UNGA 181 was announced in November 1947, proposing to award Jewish Palestine with 55% of land that was 94% Arab-owned, it ignited a predictable firestorm. The US and sane UN members immediately recognized that this would be a disaster, the Security Council returned it “for reconsideration” to the General Assembly, and an alternative US proposal for a 5-year UN trusteeship was being drafted when the Zionists realized in March 1948 that they would not get what they wanted from the UN and launched Plan Dalet, their brutal, deadly efficient and long-planned ethnic cleansing campaign to seize the land by force.

    The helpless Palestinians, disarmed by the British during the 1936-39 Arab uprising and unprotected by the British in 1948, were driven out and never allowed to return. After May 1948 when over 300,000 Palestinians had already been expelled, badly outnumbered Arab forces, poorly trained and led, and disadvantaged by a moratorium on arms supplies that was ignored for the Zionists, tried to intervene to protect the territory designated by 181 for the Palestinians, but with much too little too late. The Arab Legion of Transjordan, the only Arab military potentially capable of stopping the Zionists, had colluded with the Zionists to divide the land between them, keeping what is now known as the West Bank . The Palestinians were betrayed on all sides – by the British, Transjordan, and the UN in addition to their Jewish neighbors, many of whom had been welcomed in as refugees from the Holocaust (although Zionism was definitely NOT welcome).

    Truman was urgently advised not to recognize Israel in May 1948 by his State Department under George Marshall, the Pentagon under James Forrestal, and his intelligence services, all of whom predicted nothing but trouble ahead if he did. But Truman was running for election against NY Governor Tom Dewey and needed the NY Jewish lobby support, and the rest is history. (Even then, Truman explicitly refused to recognize Israel as a “Jewish” state.) Were his critics ever right!

    Admission of this original sin and restitution to its victims as well as those of the continuing Nakba is the only path to justice, the necessary precondition for an enduring peace still demanded by almost 90% of Palestinian refugees and those under occupation. All of “progressive Zionism” (e.g., Tikkun, J Street , Avnery) is a desperate effort to avoid this outcome which would achieve freedom, justice and equality for all citizens of historic Palestine and end Israel ’s racist claim to be a “Jewish” state. Israel and AIPAC mouthpieces react to the word “Nakba” like vampires confronted with a cross. See relevant facts of history, international law and the amazing web of Zionist deceptions and manipulations

    Jack Dresser, Ph.D.
    Behavioral Health Scientist
    Political & Prevention Psychology
    National vice chair, Palestine working group, Veterans for Peace
    Co-director, Al-Nakba Awareness Project

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