Palestine – Will The UN Endorse Ethnic Cleansing?
By: David Singer
Two of the many intriguing matters facing the United Nations in dealing with any proposal to seek recognition of a Palestinian Arab State along the 1967 lines – are:
Who will make such application on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs?
What conditions will the United Nations demand to ensure that up to 500000 Jews living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem will not ultimately face arbitrary expulsion as a result of its decision?
Palestinian Authority President and PLO Chairman – Mahmoud Abbas – has stated that the PLO – not the Palestinian Authority – will be making the approach to the UN – telling a press conference:
â€œ Going to the UN does not mean the end of the PLO. Itâ€™s the PLO that will submit the application to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state. The PLO will remain the protector of the rights of the Palestinians until the establishment of a Palestinian state and the complete end of occupation.â€
Hamas is not a member of the PLO – but both are sworn to eliminating the State of Israel – the former by jihad, the latter by acquiring territory in stages as a prelude to a final assault on the Jewish State.
The PLO has made it abundantly clear that it is not prepared to accept the rule of international law – openly declaring in Article 20 of its Charter:
â€œThe Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void.â€
Will United Nations members support such blatant and continuing disregard of international law by the PLO and fail to demand the PLO amend its Charter?
The PLO has also refused to acknowledge the connection of the Jewish people with their ancient biblical and legally sanctioned homeland by stating in Article 20 of its Charter:
â€œClaims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood. Judaism, being a religion, is not an independent nationality. Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.
Will the United Nations endorse any PLO approach whilst it exhibits Jew-hatred on such a scale?
The â€œcomplete end of the occupationâ€ referred to by Abbas – even in the context of any two-state solution – means the ethnic cleansing of all Jews living in the newly recognized Palestinian State by forcibly expelling them from their homes where tens of thousands have lived for more than thirty years.
Their right to live there has been sanctioned in international law by Article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the United Nations Charter.
Member States of the United Nations cannot close their ears or avert their eyes to what Abbas has made very clear:
â€œWe have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we wonâ€™t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it,â€
Like Hitler – he is being truthful. Will the world be listening and responding this time round?
To make sure there was no misunderstanding or misinterpretation Abbas repeated his blunt warning:
â€œBut when a Palestinian state is established, it would have no Israeli presence in it.â€
Jews were ethnically cleansed from the West Bank and East Jerusalem following Jordanâ€™s conquest of both areas in 1948 – until their return after the Six Day War in 1967.
Abbas has made it clear that he wants to return to the 1948 position – by doing as the Jordanians did – eliminating all signs of Jewish life in East Jerusalem and the West Bank by ethnic cleansing and by destroying Synagogues, desecrating holy sites and trashing Jewish cemeteries.
As the United Nations deliberates on a Palestinian State along the 1967 lines – it might do well to remember what happened the last time the Arabs occupied East Jerusalem from 1948-1967:
â€œAfter the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem was captured, the destruction, desecration and systematic looting of Jewish sites began and continued. 57 ancient synagogues (the oldest dated to the 13th century), libraries and centers of religious study were ransacked and 12 were totally and deliberately destroyed. Those that remained standing were defaced, used for housing of both people and animals. The cityâ€™s foremost Jewish shrine, the Western Wall, became a slum. Appeals were made to the United Nations and in the international community to declare the Old City to be an â€˜open cityâ€™ and stop this destruction, but there was no response. This condition continued until Jordan lost control of Jerusalem in June 1967.
On the Mount of Olives, the Jordanian Arabs removed 38,000 tombstones from the ancient cemetery and used them as paving stones for roads and as construction material in Jordanian Army camps, including use as latrines. When the area was recaptured by Israel in 1967, graves were found open with the bones scattered. Parts of the cemetery were converted into parking lots, a filling station, and an asphalt road was built to cut through itâ€¦
The Hurva Synagogue, attributed to Rabbi Moses Ben Nahman (Ramban), was the main synagogue in Jerusalem in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (and possibly much earlier), until the Ottomans closed it in 1589 because of Muslim incitement. It was burned by Arabs in 1721 (Hurva = destruction in Hebrew), but again rebuilt by Zionists in the 19th century, becoming the most prominent synagogue on the Jerusalem skyline. For that reason, when it was captured by the Arab Legion during the battle for Old Jerusalem in 1948, they dynamited it to show that they controlled the Jewish Quarter. When the Jews in New Jerusalem saw the Hurva burning, they knew that Jewish life in the Quarter had ended (again).â€
The Hurva Synagogoue has now been rebuilt – and Israel is certainly not going to allow it to fall into hands that would seek to destroy it once again.
The United Nations faces yet another moment of truth as it is asked to replace direct negotiations by passing a resolution that does not have the approval of the conflicting parties – as last occurred in 1947.
Is the United Nations prepared to signal its willingness to endorse the expulsion of Jews from their current homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in flagrant violation of the decisions of the League of Nations and the United Nations Charter?
Those in the United Nations who would support such an outcome should hang their heads in shame.