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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Obama's Opposition to Palestinian UN Membership:
Does He Deserve the Nobel Prize?
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 26, 2011
The Third Rail and Forcing Obama to earn his Nobel
Today at the United Nations President of the Palestinian Authority,
Mahmoud Abbas formally requested full United Nations membership and stated,
"I donít believe anyone with a shred of conscience can reject our
application for full admission in the United Nations," as he called
statehood ďthe realization of the inalienable national rights of the
The Security Council is expected to address
the issue next week as D.C. persists to work to prevent the Palestinians
from gathering the nine votes needed for it to pass in the full council.
As the final vote is not expected to take place for more than a month,
there is time for every citizen of conscience in the world to rise up and
petition their Government officials demand the United Nations- and NOT
America-Israel- take charge of the ongoing disaster that has wrecked havoc
on the Middle East and Americaís image as an honest broker for justice and
United Nations procedures demand that the special 15-member committee study
the membership issue and report back in 35 days, but deadlines at the United
Nations are frequently extended.
UN deadlines are also sometimes
totally ignored as in the case of Resolutions 181 and 194, which pertain to
Palestinian refugees right to return "as soon as possible" but 63 years
later, the Palestinians are still waiting for their inalienable rights!
"The Palestinians call their membership application a desperate attempt
to preserve the two-state solution despite encroaching Israeli settlements,
as well as an attempt to shake up the negotiations that they feel have
achieved little after 20 years of American oversight. The question is
whether trying to bring the intractable problem back to its international
roots will somehow provide the needed jolt to get negotiations moving
As a citizen of conscience for US House of
Representatives, I have seized the third rail-a subject that tends to be
avoided because of its controversial nature- and I know that "itís not over
until the fat lady sings" and the power of nonviolent people demanding their
inalienable RIGHTS can bring any state to its knees!
September 23, 2011, The Daily Beast reported:
"While Obama publicly
pressured Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians over settlements,
he secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that
includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters,
Newsweek has learned.
"The military sale was arranged behind
the scenes as Obamaís
demands for Israel to stop building settlements in disputed territories
were fraying political relations between the two countries in public.
"The Israelis first requested the bunker busters in 2005, only to be
rebuffed by the Bush administration. At the time, the Pentagon had frozen
almost all U.S.-Israeli joint defense projects out of concern that Israel
was transferring advanced military technology to China.
security cooperation extended beyond bunker busters. According to Rep. Steve
Rothman (D-NJ), who serves on the committees that fund both the U.S.
military and foreign aid, Obama gave 'orders to the military to ratchet up
the cooperation at every level with Israel.'" 
America is the
worlds largest arms supplier to Israel and under a Bush negotiated deal with
Israel that Obama signed onto during the Christmas season of 2009, we the
people who pay taxes in America will now provide another $30 billion in
military aid to Israel over the next decade!
The 22 days of Israel's attack on the people of Gaza in 2009, was enabled
by US-supplied weapons and we the people of the US have been providing over
$3 billion annually to Israel although Israel has consistently misused U.S.
weapons in violation of America's Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance
During the 22 days of Israeli assault on Gaza in 2009,
"Washington provided F-16 fighter planes, Apache helicopters, tactical
missiles, and a wide array of munitions, including white phosphorus and
DIME. The weapons required for the Israeli assault was decided upon in June
2008, and the transfer of 1,000 bunker-buster GPS-guided Small Diameter
Guided Bomb Units 39 (GBU-39) were approved by Congress in September. The
GBU 39 bombs were delivered to Israel in November (prior to any claims of
Hamas cease fire violation!) for use in the initial air raids on Gaza. 
In a 71-page report released March 25, 2009, by Human Rights Watch,
Israelís repeated firing of US-made white phosphorus shells over densely
populated areas of Gaza was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes.
"Rain of Fire: Israelís Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza,"
provides eye witness accounts of the devastating effects that white
phosphorus munitions had on civilians and civilian property in Gaza.
"Human Rights Watch researchers found spent shells, canister liners, and
dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets,
apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school in
Gaza immediately after hostilities ended in January.
officially use white phosphorus to obscure their operations on the ground by
creating thick smoke. It has also been used as an incendiary weapon, though
such use constitutes a war crime.
"In Gaza, the Israeli military
didnít just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops,"
said Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch and
co-author of the report. "It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely
populated areas, even when its troops weren't in the area and safer smoke
shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died."
During the 22 days of attack on Gaza, the UN Security
Council, Amnesty International, International Red Cross, and global voices
of protest rose up and demanded a ceasefire, but both houses of Congress
overwhelmingly endorsed resolutions to support a continuation of Israelís so
called "self defense."
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt
met with labor leaders in 1934 for four hours, he told them "You've
convinced me that you are right. Now, go out there and FORCE ME TO DO IT."
What he meant, was that the pressures on a President to stay with the
status quo and the forces of the economic and political elites of the
country are so enormous, that even when a President wishes to move in a
different direction, he needs the force of progressives passionately pushing
him in the correct direction.
"If you are not a part of the
solution-you are a part of the problem."-Eldridge Cleaver
part of the solution and help force Obama to earn his Nobel by adding your
signature to this White
House petition :
We petition the Obama administration to:
Not veto Palestine's application to become a member of the United Nations.
This month Palestine will apply to become a UN member. We call upon you
not to veto this application in the Security Council.
decades Palestinians have been prevented from exercising their rights to
freedom & self-determination on even a portion of their historic homeland
due to Israelís policies of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, military occupation
Palestinians are seeking UN membership as a
way toward establishing a just & lasting peace that must include ending
Israelís occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem & the Gaza Strip;
equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel; & implementation of Palestinian
refugees' right of return.
Palestinians have waited 63 years for
their human rights-Don't set a timetable for their freedom by vetoing their
UN membership bid. 
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sign the above petition at
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