They Caused US Misery, and Then Rejoiced in Our Agony

May 23, 2023 01:57 pm

Osama Saad

(The United Nations 1948 – 2023)

On November, 1947, the UN General Assembly issued Resolution 181, known as the Partition Plan, which divided Palestine into three entities: an Arab state with an area of 42.3%, a Jewish state with an area of 57.7%, and Al-Quds, Bethlehem and the surrounding lands placed under international trusteeship. On May 14, 1948, Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the "State of Israel" and the return of the "Jewish people" into his historic land, as he claimed.

On May 11, 1949, a resolution was passed by the UN General Assembly accepting "Israel" as a member of the United Nations after being rejected three times before. The acceptance was conditioned on Israel's commitment to implementing General Assembly Resolution 181, which is the partition plan, and Resolution 194, which pertains to the return of refugees. The text of these two resolutions clearly states: "with regard to the resolutions of 29 November 1947 and 11 December 1948, and the declarations and explanations made by the representative of the Government of Israel before the Political Committee concerning the implementation of the mentioned resolutions." 

Apparently, Israel did not comply with any of those resolutions; on the contrary, it went far in violating them through the laws enacted by the Zionist Knesset. Most notably, the Jerusalem annexation law issued in 1980.

Of course, when the UN General Assembly decided to partition Palestine, it was well aware of that the number of Jews in Palestine in 1914 did not exceed 8% and the influx of Jews to Palestine concentrated between 1932 and 1914. Up to 1948, the proportion reached 31.5%, facilitated and colluded by the British Mandate authorities in implementation of the invalid Balfour Declaration.   

Nonetheless, the UN General Assembly decided to grant this minority, which had been present in Palestine for no more than 10 years, about 75% of the land of Palestine. On the contrary, it allocated only 42% to the Palestinian people. It should be noted that the period during which the Jewish immigration to Palestine increased coincided with the 1936 revolution, which erupted in protest of this immigration yet was suppressed by the British Mandate. 

Despite all the injustice inflicted upon the Palestinian people due to the unjust and oppressive resolutions issued by the UN General Assembly, and despite the fact that the General Assembly granted Israel membership based on its decision to partition Palestine, it did not grant Palestine the same right, up to the moment of writing this article. Regardless of all the alleged legal procedures, the official Palestinian leadership conceded and accepted half of the space designated according to the partition resolution; however, Israel still refuses although it admitted to commit to the partition resolution and the return of refugees as a condition for its membership in the General Assembly. Thus, after 75 years of the Palestinian Nakba, for which the General Assembly, was a fundamental cause, the General Assembly convenes a special session on the occasion of Al-Nakba's anniversary to overwhelm the Palestinians with some phrases of empathy without taking any practical measures to implement the partition resolution enacted by the Assembly or to reconsider Israel's membership, as it has not fulfilled the conditions for its membership. 

The special session held by the UN General Assembly on the occasion of Al-Nakba, which was deemed as a "historic" by many, is a farcical play that is -to a certain extent- similar to the wolf's feigned sorrow for the innocent lamb that it has previously torn apart with its fangs.   

The world keeps silent to all the crimes practiced by the Palestinian people, according to the laws issued by the General Assembly itself. In return, the Assembly continues to do nothing but to issue statements of condemnation and unworthy recommendations. 

Today, the UN General Assembly contains of 196 member states, most of them vote in favor of the Palestinian cause. However, none of them has ever dared to vote for dismissing Israel and ending its membership, as it has been proven to be a fascist colonial aggressive entity, contrary to the principles stated in the resolution accepting its membership, in which it was portrayed as a peace-loving nation. The General Assembly refrains from pursuing this path, considering that membership and its termination can only be recommended by the Security Council, which is dominated by the five permanent countries, three of which are unequivocally supportive of Israel: The United States, France and Britain.   

This unjust regime system has never granted a single African country permanent membership as a form of continental representation. Thus, it is strange that none of the world countries represented in the General Assembly and affected by this system has ever dared to dismantle it through collective withdrawing from it and forming a global body based on principles of justice and fairness. It has been later proven that the post-World War || global system depends on injustice and interests that do not weigh the principles of justice and humanity.   

It is right that the United States, along with 4 other countries, has the power of veto in the global system through the Security Council. Nonetheless, the world countries have the right to end this entire system if they have the will. Can the logic of justice and fairness prevail over the logic of interest, injustice and blackmail?