Saturday, December 24, 2011

قانون القدس: باطل


يبحث الكنيست الاسرائيلي مشروع قانون القدس الذي يعتبر القدس عاصمة دولة اسرائيل وعاصمة "الشعب اليهودي" في ذات الوقت.

في حال تم إقرار مشروع القانون هذا، سوف يكون مخالفاً للقانون الدولي، وبالتالي باطلاً. إن اسرائيل، كسلطة احتلال، ملزمة دولياً بعدم تبني أية إجراءات تهدف إلى تغيير الوضع القانوني للقدس الشرقية. إن القدس الشرقية تبقى جزءاً لا يتجزأ من الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة.

في عام 1980، سنَّت اسرائيل القانون الأساسي الخاص بالقدس معلنةً القدس عاصمة اسرائيل. رداً على ذلك، تبنى مجلس الأمن قرار 478 الذي قرَّر بموجبه أن هذا القانون ينتهك القانون الدولي وأعلنه باطلاً.

"Jerusalem bill": Inritus Irritus

"Jerusalem bill": Should this bill be enacted, it would run against international law, and is therefore null and void. Israel, the Occupying Power, is under an international obligation not to adopt any kind of measures aimed at changing the legal status of East Jerusalem. East Jerusalem is and will remain an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt).

In 1980, Israel enacted "Jerusalem Basic Law" declaring Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel. In response, the Security Council adopted Resolution 478 deciding that this Law had violated international law and declared it null and void.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Activists say 111 killed in Syria's "bloodiest day"

Syrian forces killed 111 people ahead of the start of a mission to monitor President Bashar al-Assad's implementation of an Arab League peace plan, activists said on Wednesday, and Francebranded the killings an "unprecedented massacre."

Rami Abdulrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 111 civilians and activists were killed in addition to over 100 casualties among army deserters in Idlib province, turning Tuesday into the "bloodiest day of the Syrian revolution."

"There was a massacre of an unprecedented scale in Syria on Tuesday," said French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero. "It is urgent that the U.N. Security Council issues a firm resolution that calls for an end to the repression."

The main opposition Syrian National Council demanded international action to protect civilians.”


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

European Union ambassadors call for end to Israeli settlements

European Union members of the Security Council have called for an immediate halt to the building of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, they said increased settlement construction and settler violence are damaging the prospects of a return to negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

The United Kingdom, France, Germany and Portugal said they were dismayed by what they called “wholly negative developments.”

Ambassador Mark Lylall Grant of the United Kingdom read the statement on behalf of the four European members of the Security Council.

“The viability of the Palestinian state that we want to see and the two-state solution that is essential for Israel’s long-term security are threatened by the systematic and deliberate expansion of settlements. Settlements are illegal under international law and represent a serious blow to the Quartet’s efforts to restart peace negotiations. All settlement activity, including in East Jerusalem, must cease immediately.”

The Quartet is made up of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.”

Monday, December 19, 2011

Germany wants UK as 'EU partner'

Germany's foreign minister has suggested it can resolve differences with the UK over the future of Europe.
After holding talks with his British counterpart William Hague, Guido Westerwelle said he wanted to "build bridges over troubled waters".
Asked about the prospect of the UK eventually signing an EU-wide pact, he said "with goodwill it is doable".
But Mr Hague said the UK would not set aside its demands for safeguards on regulation for the City of London.
The UK has been asked to sit in on talks about formalising moves towards fiscal union among EU members - despite vetoing an EU treaty change to facilitate this.”

Monday, December 12, 2011

عضوية فلسطين في مجلس الأمن: خطأ قانوني فادح

يرتكب العديد من الفلسطينيين – ويتكرر على الإعلام - خطأ قانوني فادح بقولهم "حصول فلسطين على عضوية مجلس الأمن". لو حصل وأن تم قبول طلب عضوية فلسطين في الأمم المتحدة، فأنها تحصل على مقعد في الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة - أي عضوية الجمعية العامة التي تضم كل الدول الأعضاء في الأمم المتحدة (حالياً 193 دولة عضو).
أما بالنسبة لمجلس الأمن، فعضويته محصورة بخمس عشرة دولة، خمسة منها دائمي العضوية، والعشرة الأخرى يتم انتخابها لمدة سنتين من قِبل الجمعية العامة.
وبناءً على ذلك، لا يجوز القول "حصول فلسطين على عضوية مجلس الأمن"، لأنها لا تحصل على عضويته مباشرةً – لو تم قبول طلب العضوية.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

السباق إلى البيت الأبيض: عن طريق العنصرية؟

"وصف رئيس مجلس الوزراء الدكتور سلام فياض، اليوم السبت، تصريحات المرشح الجمهوري للانتخابات الامريكية بأنها قمة في الاسفاف و الترخص.

وجاءت تصريحات رئيس الوزراء هذه كرد فعل على تصريحات نيوت جينجريتش المرشح الأوفر حظا للفوز بترشيح الجمهوريين لانتخابات الرئاسة الأمريكية، عندما قال ان الفلسطينيين "مجموعة إرهابيين وشعب تم اختراعه"."

Running for the White House: through racism?

“Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has stirred controversy by calling the Palestinians an "invented" people who could have chosen to live elsewhere.

The former House of Representatives speaker, who is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential race, made the remarks in an interview with the US Jewish Channel broadcaster released on Friday.

Asked whether he considers himself a Zionist, he answered: "I believe that the Jewish people have the right to a state ... Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire" until the early 20th century,

"I think that we've had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab
community.

"And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it's tragic."


He said Obama's effort to treat the Palestinians the same as the Israelis is actually "favouring the terrorists".”

Thursday, December 8, 2011

الجامعة العربية تستنكر فرض إسرائيل وثيقة ولاء على فلسطيني 48


"استنكرت جامعة الدول العربية، طرح مشروع قانون للتصويت في الكنيست الإسرائيلي يفرض على المواطنين الفلسطينيين من سكان أراضي 1948، التوقيع على وثيقة "ولاء لإسرائيل" في حال طلبه الحصول على هوية.

وقال الأمين العام المساعد لشئون فلسطين والأراضي العربية المحتلة في الجامعة السفير محمد صبيح في تصريح له اليوم الخميس: "لا يوجد برلمان في العالم على مدار سنوات الاستعمار الطويلة، أصدر قوانين عنصرية بهذا الشكل والحجم كما يحدث تحت قبة البرلمان الإسرائيلي "الكنيست".

وشدد صبيح على مخالفة مشروع القانون للإعلان العالمي لحقوق الإنسان وللقانون الدولي بشكل عام، موضحا أن مثل هذا القانون يندرج ضمن مساعي إسرائيل، لطمس الهوية الفلسطينية وتضييق الخناق على الفلسطينيين من سكان أراضي 1948."

Friday, December 2, 2011

Verhofstadt reaction to Sarkozy: "Intergovernmentalism is not the answer to the crisis"

“Following two major speeches from both President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel, the chances of a coherent European response to the crisis next week still look slim.

Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader said:

"Sarkozy's speech last night was clearly addressing his domestic electorate for re-election as President of France and not as a champion of European unity. His vision is a Gaullist one which has been superseded by greater European integration. It is the intergovernmental Europe of nation states all selfishly fighting their own corner that has brought us to where we are now. The only way out of the crisis without destroying both the Single Currency and the Single Market is to rally behind the Community method based on solidarity and the common interest."

"European construction is based on commonly agreed rules, enforced by independent authorities like the European Commission and Court of Justice. Merkel and Sarkozy must not undo this fundamental principle in their quest for an end to the crisis."

"The elements of a solution are already on the table. As Mario Draghi said yesterday, it is basically just a question of sequencing. We need greater fiscal discipline from all Member States of the eurozone along with a commitment to solidarity which must include a common vision to reduce public debt with some form of mutual guarantee.

We may need to entrench these principles via a Treaty update but measures need to be taken now, not in several months time. Merkel and Sarkozy have only a few days to sort out their differences or Europe risks being set back 50 years."”

Thursday, December 1, 2011

محاكمة الجنود الأميركيين


الولايات المتحدة تصر على أن "يحاكموا" جنودها أمام محاكمها فقط خوفاً من أن لا تتوفر لهم محاكمة عادلة إن تمت محاكمتهم أمام محاكم أخرى، ولهذا تقوم بتوقيع - أو بالأحرى فرض - اتفاقيات مع الدول الأخرى لتوفير الحصانة لجنودها، وبالتالي عدم محاكمتهم أمام محاكم الدول المعنية.
 لدي اقتراح للولايات المتحدة: أن لا ترسل جنودها خارج الولايات المتحدة، وأن لا تقوم بغزو أو احتلال دول أخرى، وهكذا لن يرتكب جنودها جرائم، وبالتالي خوفها من عدم توفر محاكمة عادلة لجنودها سوف يزول !

انضمام العراق إلى حلف شمال الأطلسي؟

هناك اقتراح بأن ينضم العراق إلى النيتو. أولاً، ما حاجة أن ينضم العراق إلى هذا الحلف طالما الولايات المتحدة موجودة أصلاً في هذا البلد؟ ثانياً، هذا أمر غير جائز، لأن العراق - جغرافياً - لا يقع في منطقة شمال الأطلسي، ما لم يقوموا بنقله !

Belgium Moves Closer To Forming New Coalition Government

“Major political parties in Belgium have reached an agreement on the formation of a new coalition government that would end a political crisis which had left the country without an elected national administration for more than 530 days, media reports citing unnamed sources said late on Wednesday.

The agreement reached on Wednesday among six political parties from the country's Dutch-speaking and Francophone communities is likely to pave the way for the formation a new coalition government led by French-speaking Socialist Elio Di Rupo.”

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Verhofstadt: Merkel and Sarkozy threaten the continued existence of the Euro


“At a debate today in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt urged the leaders of France and Germany to set aside short term national interests in favour of the survival of the EU:

"There has been much media speculation in recent days that the end of the euro is close. This is less because of the inability of Greece, Italy or Spain to control their debt but the inability of Germany and France to agree on the necessary steps to save the Euro.

"In the past France and Germany have represented the driving force of European integration. Today their differences threaten the EU's very survival."

"Sarkozy refuses to accept fiscal union with its implications of a transfer of sovereignty to a collective and objective judge of sound budgetary policy such as the European Commission or European Court of Justice."

"On the other hand, Chancellor Merkel calls one week for closer political union and the next she blocks proposals that go in this direction such as a common European redemption fund to reduce excessive debt, proposed by her own council of economic advisors.

"It is a very dangerous moment to be playing a game of 'chicken' with Europe's future, waiting to see who will blink first. Their indecision and inconsistency are doing great harm to the Union. It is imperative that they both lift their opposition to some of the practical options on the table to stabilize the current market turbulence that risks engulfing us all."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Belgian leaders agree on federal budget

“A 19-month political feud between Belgium's political leaders had ended with a budget deal that met the European Union structure a day after a debt downgrade.

The budget envisages a fall in Belgium's public deficit to 2.8 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012.

"There is an agreement," the spokesperson for Elio Di Rupo, the French-speaking Socialist premier-to-be, told the AFP news agency.

Di Rupo had been trying to form a government based on a six-party coalition. But he tendered his resignation on Monday after talks for the 2012 budget - agreement on which is a condition for forming a government - ground to a halt.

King Albert II, who had stepped in throughout negotiations to soothe tempers and urge politicians to find agreement to end 18 months without a formal government.

"As a next step, he has asked the chief negotiator to form a government as quickly as possible," the palace said in a statement.”

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ban Ki-moon's message for Solidarity Day with the Palestinian People

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November:

"Sixty-four years ago on this day, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181, proposing the partition of the mandate territory into two States. The establishment of a Palestinian State, living in peace next to a secure Israel, is long overdue.

The need to resolve this conflict has taken on greater urgency with the historic transformations taking place across the region.  I call on the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to show courage and determination to seek an agreement for a two-State solution that can open up a brighter future for Palestinian and Israeli children.  Such a solution must end the occupation that began in 1967, and meet legitimate security concerns.  Jerusalem must emerge from negotiations as the capital of two States, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all.  And a just and agreed solution must be found for millions of Palestinian refugees scattered around the region."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Israeli security forces: Turkey nearing military intervention in Syria

"Israeli security forces officials said Wednesday that they believe Turkey is nearing a military intervention in Syria, in order to create a secure buffer zone for opposition activists.

Thus far, Ankara has given shelter to some 20,000 refugees who escaped the deadly crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad's security forces, and also housed Syrian opposition groups."

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29

“The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is annually observed on November 29 across the world, including Pakistan to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.
The day is also known as Solidarity Day that provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine is still unresolved and that the Palestinian people are yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.
Special meetings are held to observe Solidarity Day in some UN offices, councils, government bodies and organisations that have a special interest in the issues encompassing the event.”

Yemeni President Saleh signs power transfer deal to step down

"Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a Gulf initiative on Wednesday to hand over power to his deputy as part of a proposal to end months of protests that have pushed the Arab country to the brink of civil war."

بسيوني: السلطات الأمنية البحرينية استعملت القوة المفرطة وغير المبررة

 
"أعلنت لجنة تقصي الحقائق المستقلة حول قمع الاحتجاجات في البحرين أن السلطات الأمنية استعملت القوة المفرطة وغير المبررة ضد المحتجين، في حين قبِل الملك حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة تقرير اللجنة وتعهد بمحاسبة المتجاوزين.

فقد قال رئيس اللجنة شريف بسيوني في كلمة ألقاها بحضور ملك البحرين إن اعترافات المحتجزين انتزعت بالقوة وإن معتقلين تعرضوا للتعذيب.

وأضاف في الجلسة الرسمية لإعلان التقرير، أن 35 شخصا قتلوا في الاضطرابات بينهم خمسة من أفراد الأمن، كما حث على إعادة النظر في أحكام أصدرتها السلطات بحق من اتهمتهم بالمسؤولية عن الاضطرابات."

Bassiouni: excessive force in Bahrain crackdown

“The head of a special commission that investigated Bahrain's unrest said Wednesday that authorities used torture and excessive force against detainees arrested in crackdowns on the largest Arab Spring uprising in the Gulf.

Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni — making the first official comments on report's findings — also said there was no evidence of Iranian links to Bahrain's Shiite-led protests in a clear rebuke Gulf leaders who accuse Tehran of playing a role in the 10-month-old showdown in the Western-allied kingdom.”

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Egypt's military rulers to announce transfer of powers to Supreme Court

"Egypt's ruling military council was expected to announce Tuesday that it would transfer powers to the state's Supreme Court and hand over the reins of leadership to civilian elements, local media reported.

The reports came just before the leader of the military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, was scheduled to address the nation after four days of deadly clashes between security forces protesters demanding a change in leadership."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Broker trying to end Belgium's world-record government stalemate offers to resign

“The government broker trying to end Belgium's world record government stalemate has offered to resign, plunging the negotiations to new depths.
The royal palace announced Monday that the king will consider the offer but reminded the six negotiating parties that the impasse at the 526-day-long talks needs to end soon to keep financial markets at bay.
Last month, Francophone socialist Elio Di Rupo clinched a breakthrough on a constitutional revision to grant more autonomy to Dutch-speaking Flanders and Francophone Wallonia.
But the talks are now stuck on the 2012 budget proposals. Di Rupo's Socialists have been unable to agree with the Dutch-speaking Liberals on additional taxation and austerity measures.”


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Verhofstadt message to Egypt's military: enough is enough

“Yesterday the security forces used unnecessary violence to clear Tahrir Square. Some thousands of demonstrators were still sleeping when police started to knock down their tents and beat people. They turned a peaceful demonstration into a violent clash which injured a thousand people and killed two. The Supreme Council of Armed Forces said today that it will handover its power to civilian rule by the end of 2012, if the chaos ends. This is totally unacceptable, certainly from an institution that claims it wants to install democracy.

Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader in the European Parliament said: “It is expected that today again thousands of demonstrators will fill Tahrir Square to demand the military hand over their power to civilian rule. We urge the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, as well as the Egyptian government and the state media to stop creating violence and chaos. If the military will not organise presidential elections soon, the EU should consider stopping the aid it is giving to Egypt.””

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saif al-Islam tells Reuters he is fine after capture

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi told Reuters on Saturday that he was feeling fine after being captured by some of the fighters who overthrew his father and he said injuries to his right hand were suffered during a NATO air strike a month ago.
Asked by Reuters correspondent Marie-Louise Gumuchian on the plane which flew him to the town of Zintan if he was feeling all right, Gaddafi said simply: "Yes."

Reluctant to speak at length, the London-educated 39-year-old son of Muammar Gaddafi was asked about bandages on the thumb and two fingers of his right hand. "Air force, air force," he said. Asked if that meant a NATO air strike, he said: "Yes.”

Seif al-Islam Qadhafi captured

“Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam - the only wanted member of the ousted ruling family to remain at large - was captured as he traveled with aides in a convoy in Libya's southern desert, Libyan officials said Saturday. Thunderous celebratory gunfire shook the Libyan capital as the news spread.

A spokesman for the Libyan fighters who captured him said Seif al-Islam, who has been charged by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, was detained about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of the town of Obari with two aides as he was trying to flee to neighboring Niger. But the country's acting justice minister later said the convoy's destination was not confirmed.”

 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Second Committee Approves Text Relating to Permanent Palestinian Sovereignty over Resources in Occupied Territories

"The General Assembly would demand that Israel stop exploiting, damaging, depleting, and endangering the natural resources in occupied Arab lands, according to the terms of one of seven draft resolutions approved today by the Second Committee (Economic and Financial).

By other terms of that text, titled “Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources”, the Assembly would recognize the right of the Palestinian and other Arab peoples to claim restitution for such illegal actions.

Further by the draft, the Assembly would call upon Israel to cease all actions that harmed the environment in all the territories under its occupation, as well as the destruction of infrastructure, including water pipelines and sewage networks.  The Committee approved the text by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, United States) with 7 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Panama, Saint Lucia, Vanuatu)."

Israel effectively annexes Palestinian land near Jordan Valley

Separation barrier route in Kibbutz Merav area changed leaving 1,500 dunams on Israeli side; may be first transfer of Palestinian-owned land to community on sovereign Israeli territory.

"Israel carried out a de facto annexation of Palestinian land northeast of the Jordan Valley and given it to Kibbutz Merav. Merav, part of the Religious Kibbutz Movement, is about seven kilometers northwest of the parcel.

The route of the separation barrier in the area was changed so that the plot in question, about 1,500 dunams (375 acres), would be on the Israeli side."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Verhofstadt: "Nothing less than full economic and fiscal union including eurobonds will do"

“Intervening in an important debate today in Strasbourg on the future scope and structure of economic governance in Europe, Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE group leader) drew attention to widening spreads on European bond markets - even amongst AAA countries - and called for a bold and global step forward towards economic and fiscal union - the missing piece from the EMU project dating back 20 years to the Treaty of Maastricht.

"The Eurozone crisis has reached a very dangerous point. We are now witnessing increasing spreads on interest rates between national sovereign bonds and the benchmark German bund even for countries with a AAA credit rating like France which is now having to pay twice as much interest on its borrowing than Germany. What then is the value of such ratings ?

"The longer we delay decisive action to resolve the crisis, the more costly and radical the measures required.."

"Now a bold and global vision is necessary and a comprehensive plan that should include at least the following 7 measures:

1. Real economic government for the eurozone with enhanced powers and strong leadership from the European Commission;
2. A convergence plan that will align key national economic policy decisions affecting productivity, labour costs, tax policy and investment;
3. Full implementation of the strengthened Stability Pact and strict application of sanctions for sinners;
4. A global growth strategy that builds upon EU2020 and the Euro Plus Pact;
5. The creation of a permanent European Monetary Fund taking decisions by weighted majorities;
6. Agreement on a system of European stability bonds to bring discipline and stability to the bond markets;
7. Immediate strengthening of measures to bring down debt using both the EFSF and a mechanism for collective debt reduction as proposed last week by Germany's Council of Economic Experts."”

Guy Verhofstadt on Economic governance

Speech by the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt on Economic governance

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

مجلس الأمن: فلسطين ليست دولة

لجنة العضوية التي عيَّنها مجلس الأمن للنظر في طلب عضوية فلسطين في الأمم المتحدة قالت أن "فلسطين لم توفِ المتطلبات الضرورية للدولة حيث أن السلطة الوطنية الفلسطينية لا تسيطر على جزء من اقليمها وهو قطاع غزة" مما شكل "عقبة رئيسية أمام قرار مجلس الأمن بشأن الطلب الفلسطيني". قد يكون هذا صحيح من ناحية القانون الدولي، لكن تم توظيف هذا الأمر لأسباب سياسية بحتة.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Verhofstadt: Greek Crisis Trigger and Not Cause of EU Financial Crisis


Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Union Parliament, and former Belgian Prime Minister and possible candidate for the 2014 EU Commission presidency, proposes federal union as the means to break the deadlock and solve Europe's financial crisis.

Speaking to the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Verhofstadt outlined comprehensive and detailed proposals for solving the EU's financial crisis. Verhofstadt states that with the launch of the Euro there was no public authority strong enough to penalize members who breached the rules. He calls the Greek crisis the trigger and not the cause of the crisis. The EU has used an intergovernmental method to solve its problems and he states "markets are asking for more unity and a transfer of powers to the European Institutions."”



Friday, November 11, 2011

Palestinian UN bid goes to a divided Security Council

“The Palestinian bid for U.N. membership went to a divided Security Council Friday after its admissions committee approved a report saying there is no consensus among the 15 council nations.

For Palestine to become a U.N. member state, it needs the recommendation of the Security Council. That requires nine "yes" votes — which the Palestinians don't appear to have — and no veto by a permanent member. The U.S. has said it will veto a resolution supporting Palestinian membership if necessary.
When the admissions committee met last week, diplomats said China, Russia, Brazil, India, South Africa and Lebanon announced their support for Palestinian membership. France, Britain and Colombia announced they would abstain, and Bosnia later announced it would, too.

While Nigeria, Gabon, Germany and Portugal didn't announce a final position, diplomats said Nigeria and Gabon will likely vote "yes" and Germany and Portugal will abstain or vote "no."”
 

عدم قبول فلسطين في الأمم المتحدة

"قدمت لجنة القبول في عضوية الامم المتحدة تقريرها الى مجلس الامن الدولي الذي اجتمع اليوم الجمعة، والذي حمل عدم قبول فلسطين في الامم المتحدة بعد مشاورات منذ تقديم الطلب الفلسطيني في ايلول الماضي.
...

وكانت 8 دول اعضاء في مجلس الامن الدولي مع التصويت وقبول فلسطيني عضوا كاملا في الامم المتحدة وهي "روسيا ، الصين ، الهند ، البرازيل ، جنوب افريقيا ، نيجريا ، الغابون ، لبنان" ، في حين عارضت الطلب الفلسطيني 7 دول "الولايات المتحدة ، بريطانيا ، فرنسا ، المانيا ، كولومبيا ، البوسنة والهرسك" في حين كان موقف البرتغال بالامتناع عن التصويت ."

UN Security Council panel fails to agree on Palestinian statehood bid

"A UN Security Council committee said on Friday it had failed to reach agreement over a Palestinian application for full membership in the United Nations, the Portuguese UN ambassador said.

The decision by the council's admissions committee brought the Palestinian Authority's push for UN recognition of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, one step closer to collapse.

It is now up to Palestinians, who have so far been unable to secure the nine votes needed to pass a Security Council resolution favoring their UN bid, to decide whether or not to call a vote on their application."

Palestinian statehood bid stillborn in Security Council

Palestinian officials have admitted their bid for statehood in the United Nations in all likelihood has failed.
A UN Security Council committee that has been considering the Palestinian application for recognition as a member state was expected to issue a final statement last night saying that it had been unable to muster majority support for the bid.
The committee released a draft statement earlier this week that made the same point.
Without the approval of the Security Council, the Palestinian application for UN membership cannot be considered by the 193-nation General Assembly, where it probably would have been approved. Palestinian officials said they still hoped the Security Council would hold a vote to ''name and shame'' those who stood against them.
''We believed that those who do not think we deserve a state should say so publicly and not hide behind a technicality of not reaching a consensus,'' a spokesman for the Palestinians, Xavier Abu Eid, said. Such a vote seemed unlikely, however.”

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Stance on Palestine UN Membership

Whereas it has become increasingly unlikely that Palestine would acquire full UN Membership - not only because the United States has undertaken to veto its application at the Security Council, but also due to the fact that a number of Security Council Members announced that they would abstain from voting – the focus should now move to the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
If Palestine were able to garner a resolution from UNGA recognizing it and upgrading its status to an observer non-Member State, this would not be superfluous – at least from a legal perspective. This could in effect pave the way for Palestine to join other international bodies, as this step would serve as a “certificate” of its existence as an independent and sovereign State. Palestinians would then have at hand a legal document to attach to their application for membership at international organizations.
However, we should bear in mind that some international organizations - such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) - require unanimity to grant membership. Again, politics has a role to play here.
On the other hand, it is worthwhile shedding light on two prominent international bodies, namely the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Concerning the ICJ, some Palestinian politicians and, unfortunately, legal scholars too argue that if Palestine’s status at UNGA were upgraded, that would automatically open the way for Palestine to turn to this Court. This actually falls short of accuracy.
First and foremost, all Members of the United Nations are in that capacity (or ipso facto) also States Parties to the Statute of the International Court of Justice. Given the fact that Palestine may not obtain UN  Membership, that in turn would result in not granting it the above-mentioned status with respect to ICJ Statute. However, Palestine could become a State Party to the Statute on conditions set out by UNGA, but – more importantly – upon the recommendation of the Security Council, where any of the five permanent members could veto ! Morever, Israel’s consent to submit to the jurisdiction of the ICJ is a condition sine qua non. Otherwise, the road to the ICJ would be blocked.
Regarding the ICC, Palestine is required to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in order to enable it to exercise jurisdiction over crimes committed on its territory. As such, the Palestinian Legislative Council must ratify the Rome Statute. Otherwise, Palestine could accept the jurisdiction of the ICC on an ad hoc basis (case by case). An UNGA resolution recognizing Palestine as an independent and sovereign State would enhance the latter’s position, as only States could follow any of the aforesaid tracks.
In conclusion, in order for Palestine to become a full UN Member State, the only option may be to keep on knocking the door of the Security Council, accompanied by intensive diplomacy.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Palestinians ready backup plan head of expected holdup at UN

Palestinians officials said Wednesday they are resigned to defeat in their quest for full membership at the United Nations and have resorted to a backup plan.

The officials said they would seek an upgraded observer status that would give them access to key international organizations. They were speaking Wednesday on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.”

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Security Council panel fails to reach consensus on Palestinian bid

“A draft report by a key UN Security Council committee, obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, declared that members could not reach consensus on whether the Palestinians' UN statehood bid should be accepted.

"The committee was unable to make a unanimous recommendation to the Security Council," said the draft report of the council's committee on admitting new member states. It was circulated to all 15 Security Council members on Tuesday.

The four-page draft appears to confirm that the Palestinian move to join the world body as a full member, which Western envoys said was doomed from the outset due to a U.S. vow to veto it if it ever came to a vote in the council, is set to fail due to the council's irresolvable deadlock.”

Sarkozy calls Netanyahu 'liar'

“French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told US President Barack Obama that he could not "stand" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he thinks the Israeli premier "is a liar."

According to a Monday report in the French website "Arret sur Images," after facing reporters for a G20 press conference on Thursday, the two presidents retired to a private room, to further discuss the matters of the day.
The conversation apparently began with President Obama criticizing Sarkozy for not having warned him that France would be voting in favor of the Palestinian membership bid in UNESCO despite Washington's strong objection to the move.”

Monday, November 7, 2011

Netanyahu’s “legal” settlements

Netanyahu: "Israeli settlement in West Bank important, but must be done legally."

 
How could settlements be “legal” when the seizure of land and their construction contradict the concept and norms of international law?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

مسؤول مصري: الأسد باع الجولان لإسرائيل بمائة مليون دولار


"فجر محمود جامع الصديق، عضو اول مجلس الشورى في مصر والمقرب من الرئيس السادات مفاجأة من العيار الثقيل في حوار مع "إيلاف" بقوله ان السادات خصه بسر أثناء زيارتهما لسوريا في عام 1969 وأثناء وقوفهما فوق هضبة الجولان حيث قال له السادات: "إن هذه الهضبة دفعت فيها إسرائيل 100مليون دولار تقريبا بصك تسلمه - آنذاك - رفعت الأسد وحافظ الأسد وأودع الصك في أحد بنوك سويسرا وأن رقم هذا الصك موجود عند عبد الناصر."

Friday, November 4, 2011

France confirms it will abstain from UN vote on Palestinian state

"France says it will abstain when the UN Security Council votes on whether to admit Palestine as a full member of the world body.

Earlier this week, France voted to approve a similar Palestinian request for membership in UNESCO.

But the Foreign Ministry said Friday that, while Palestine's quest for statehood is legitimate, it has no chance of getting past the Security Council. That's because the United States, which wields the power to veto measures there, has said it will vote "no."

The ministry also said it was worried that the vote and its failure would unleash a violent reaction."

Palestinians Inch Closer to Rejection at U.N. Body

“The Palestinian bid for membership at the United Nations, which was doomed from the start by the threat of an American veto, moved another notch closer to rejection on Thursday at the Security Council, diplomats said.
The Council’s membership committee met in private, with member states laying out their individual positions on the Palestinians’ request, said diplomats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity under diplomatic protocol. The membership committee is trying to produce a report by Tuesday, and indications are that the group will be unable to reach a consensus.
The report is likely to be a dry, diplomatic document that says some committee members support the Palestinian’s bid and others oppose it. A vote to forward the report to the General Assembly will probably take place on Nov. 11, diplomats said.
But a vote on the membership request itself — which was intended by the Palestinians to represent international recognition of statehood — might even be skipped if none of the 15 Security Council members demands one.
It appears unlikely that the Palestinians will be able to muster the nine votes needed to approve the membership resolution, which would allow the United States to avoid having to exercise its veto.
Admission to the United Nations as a full member state requires a recommendation from the 15-member Security Council, with a majority of nine votes and no veto from the five permanent members, which include the United States. A submission would then go to the General Assembly, where approval would require a two-thirds vote among the 193 members.
Some European nations that might have been expected to support the Palestinian bid have since said that they would abstain; these include France and Bosnia, diplomats said. During the committee meeting on Thursday, France indicated that it intended to abstain, according to diplomats.
If the membership bid fails in the Security Council, the General Assembly is expected to take up the matter. Members of the General Assembly cannot veto an initiative, but the body would be able only to confer advanced observer status on the Palestinians, much like the standing now held by the Vatican.”