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PAJU neither approves nor disapproves the demand for Palestine’s admission to the UN as presented by the Palestinian Authority

Publication date : 2011-10-07

PAJU is aware that Israel, the Unites States, Canada and a few other states oppose this request made by the Palestinian Authority. In the eventuality of a U.S. veto at the U.N. Security Council – which seems assured – the Palestinian Authority could submit a resolution directly to the U.N. General Assembly and subsequently elevate Palestine’s status from that of Observer to that of non-member State. First, PAJU denounces the U.S and Canadian positions founded, as they are, upon a voluntary and unilateral blindness regarding Israeli apartheid, and this despite the numerous violations of international law perpetrated by Israel.

However, PAJU is also aware that this demand for official recognition also constitutes the risk of seeing the Palestinian Authority supplant the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the official voice of the Palestinian people at the United Nations. This possibility, which is not to be underestimated, has sparked intense debates within the Palestinian community both in Palestine as well as in Quebec, hence PAJU’s position.

PAJU neither approves nor disapproves the demand for Palestine’s admission to the UN as presented by the Palestinian Authority

Press Release - Montreal, October 3, 2011

PAJU is aware that Israel, the Unites States, Canada and a few other states oppose this request made by the Palestinian Authority. In the eventuality of a U.S. veto at the U.N. Security Council – which seems assured – the Palestinian Authority could submit a resolution directly to the U.N. General Assembly and subsequently elevate Palestine’s status from that of Observer to that of non-member State. First, PAJU denounces the U.S and Canadian positions founded, as they are, upon a voluntary and unilateral blindness regarding Israeli apartheid, and this despite the numerous violations of international law perpetrated by Israel.

However, PAJU is also aware that this demand for official recognition also constitutes the risk of seeing the Palestinian Authority supplant the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the official voice of the Palestinian people at the United Nations. This possibility, which is not to be underestimated, has sparked intense debates within the Palestinian community both in Palestine as well as in Quebec, hence PAJU’s position.

In effect, such a substitution could marginalise the question of the Right of Return of Palestinian refugees – greater in number than the inhabitants of the Occupied Territories – as well as that of the Palestinian citizens (second zone) residing within the State of Israel. Second, it could also lend credibility and a new status - at the expense of the PLO – to an Authority dubiously elected, not yet re-elected and heavily contested within the Occupied Territories themselves. Finally, it could also result in the recognition of borders which would repose more on the clear advantage of force enjoyed by Israel rather than on international law and the rights of nations. An eventual admission to the UN, complete or partial, might simply be the pretext for reassuming negotiations which give the appearance of talks based on the principle of equality, but which fail to put an end to colonisation, the primary cause of the non-viability of a real State which might be established on the 1967 Green Line.

The decision taken by the Netanyahu government to build even more housing units in East Jerusalem is Israel’s answer to Mahmoud Abbas’ demand. It is also the bell which tolls the end of the theatrics of the false peace process and the decline of the Israeli-American axis. Might this also be the end of the notion of a Two State solution and the reawakening of the idea of one bi-national state?

For all these reasons, and in solidarity with the Palestinian people, PAJU neither approves nor disapproves the demand for Palestine’s admission to the UN as presented by the Palestinian Authority. This position should not be regarded in any way as a neutral stance on our part as regards the domination of Palestine by Israel which is supported by the United States, Canada and other powers. For more than ten years PAJU has ardently supported the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people and demands:

As a concrete means of action, PAJU participates in the Quebec and Canadian boycott - part of the international boycott of Israeli apartheid – by organising two weekly vigils:one, a boycott of Chapters/Indigo whose CEO supports a program meant to incite Jews outside Israel to join the Israeli army, and the other against Naot shoe stores, an Israeli enterprise which manufactures shoes in the Occupied Territories.

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