Let me explain the title to this blog post…..

A Non-member Observer State does not have voting power, but can join ‘committees’.

If youve attended college, the comparison can be made between auditing a class in college, in which you show up, participate, but not get credit and this Non-Member Observer State.


First, a word from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

“Sixty-five years ago on this day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, which partitioned the land of historic Palestine into two states and became the birth certificate for Israel,” Mr Abbas told the assembly. “The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine,” he said.

A little bit of ‘pomp and circumstance’

Palestine’s UN Membership Chair being carried in to the General Assembly.


Random ‘odd’ fact:

Palestines newly granted status of Non-member Observer State is the same one previously, and exclusively, held by the Vatican.


Before I go on about the United Nations vote, let me remind you just what is at stake. Journalist Harry Fear uploaded this video, that names the names of those killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza: 


Quick Links: 

Palestine becomes non-member UN state with observer status

UN general assembly makes resounding vote in favour of Palestinian statehood


The 193-member assembly voted 138 in favour of the plan, with only nine against and 41 abstentions. The scale of the defeat represented a strong and public repudiation for Israel and the US, who find themselves out of step with the rest of the world.

Thursday’s resolution raises Palestine from being a “non-member observer entity” to a “non-member observer state”. The key is the final word, which confers UN legitimacy on Palestinian statehood and, while it cannot vote at the general assembly, it will enjoy other benefits, such as the chance to join international bodies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC).


Comment: The chance to join the ICC worries the United States because that would mean that Palestine could potentially have Israel charged with war crimes. And as much as understand politics, I do not understand why the world isnt ‘up in arms’ regarding the atrocities perpetuated against the Palestinian people.


What Statehood is:

Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States


The Convention codified the declarative theory of statehood as accepted as part of customary international law.

The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.



The Vote: 

Who voted against?

Just nine nations voted against the Palestinian Authority’s upgrade to nonvoting observer state status, which passed the General Assembly 138-9, with 41 abstentions.

Voting “no” Thursday were Israel, the United States and Canada, joined by the Czech Republic, Panama and several Pacific island nations: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. The Pacific nations typically support the U.S. and Israel at the U.N. on key General Assembly resolutions.

On a slight side-note, Nobody Knows Where Countries That Voted Against Palestine Are


Reaction from Israel:

Yea, no one expected Israel to be pleased with the results…..but who would have thought that Netanyahu would say it was meaningless? (Netanyahu: Palestine Vote at UN ‘Meaningless’ )

QUOTE:  The upgraded status could make it easier for the Palestinians to bring Israel to trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court. END QUOTE

Once again, the biggest complain is in regards to the ICC and bringing Israel to trial for war crimes.


And then on top of that:

Israel hits back with 3,000 new settler homes after Palestine wins U.N. vote

Israel revealed plans on Friday to build 3,000 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in response to the Palestinians’ historic success in being recognized as a non-member state at the United Nations.

Palestinians bitterly oppose the E1 project, as it effectively cuts the occupied West Bank in two north to south and makes the creation of a viable Palestinian state highly problematic.

Israel has long feared that if the Palestinians won the rank of a U.N. non-member state, they could pursue the Jewish state for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague — particularly over its settlement building.

Friday’s decision to build more settler homes was roundly denounced by Peace Now, Israel’s settlement watchdog.

Israel ‘to expand settlements’ over UN’s Palestine vote

Israel plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of a UN vote implicitly recognizing Palestinian statehood there, Israeli media reported Friday.

Under international law, transferring populations into an occupied territory is considered a war crime.

Israel approves new homes in West Bank

The Obama administration has tried to discourage construction in E-1, which would cut off East Jerusalem from surrounding Arab towns and further carve up the West Bank, already riven by Israeli settlements and military checkpoints.


United States reaction:


(Beware of the auto-play video, but please watch)

QUOTE: Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton says Obama could have stopped the U.N. vote to grant statehood to Palestine, but he didn’t take it seriously. QUOTE

Again, we hear people talking about Palestine being involved in the ICC and the language used is ‘lawfare’ against Israel.

For crying out loud, what Israel has done in Gaza CAN be considered crimes against humanity. What is the problem? Why the cover-up?

It irks me to no end that THIS is why legislators are being said that they will enact legislation to cut off funding to the UN itself.

John Bolton needs to get a grip. Yea, 20 years ago you cut off Palestine and ‘defeated’ them….but lets get real, your complete lack of empathy for HUMAN BEINGS makes me ill.

Lets not forget tho, that John Bolton knows all too well how to lie to us. All you have to do is recall 2001-02 and George W Bush.

(Okay, my rant against Bolton is done…..for now)


This afternoon I watched Breaking the Set with host Abby Martin, who recently traveled to Haiti with former President Jimmy Carter.

Former President Carter gets a lot of flack in the press (even now, people I know claim he was the worst president ever). This interview tho, has made me realize that some of what Ive read, cannot be based on facts.

President Carter has personally been involved with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He sees that prior to Netanyahu, a two state solution was what the region was working towards.

Unfortunately, Netanyahu violated all that by taking over, confiscating homes, and claiming that the Jordan River Valley all the way to the Mediterranean Sea should be Jewish land. He also would like to ordain Israel as a completely Jewish state, when in fact, 20% of the population of Israel are non-Jewish.

He has completely prevented any reconciliation with the participation of the United States. He wont even stop building settlements long enough to have any type of peace talks with the Palestinians.


Oh Canada!

Canada temporarily recalls Palestinian, UN envoys, but says it isn’t breaking off relations

Mr. Baird announced Friday morning that he is temporarily recalling Canadian ambassadors to the UN and the Middle East to consult them on their next steps, and reviewing Canada’s relationship with the Palestinian Authority. But in an interview with CBC News, Mr. Baird said the Canadian reaction “will be responsible and will be deliberate.”

Before the vote, Canada had warned of potential retaliatory steps against the Palestinians – including private warnings to Palestinian representatives that it might close their delegation in Ottawa.

On Friday, however, Mr. Baird ruled out that step: “We’re not, obviously, looking at breaking off relations with the Palestinian Authority,” he said.

and later in the article:

However, Mr. Baird’s warning of retaliation has already provoked a stark response from the Palestinian Authority, whose chief negotiator said Canada has “disqualified” itself from any future role in the Middle East peace process with its vitriolic opposition to upgraded UN status for Palestinians.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Canadian threats of reprisals and Mr. Baird’s decision to personally campaign against the Palestinian resolution at the UN have ruled Ottawa out of a future role.

“I believe this government is more Israeli than the Israelis, more settler than the settlers,” he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “I think they have disqualified themselves from playing any role in the Middle East peace process.”

In particular, he said, Canada is no longer fit for its long-standing role as the so-called “gavel-holder” of the Refugee Working Group – a post that makes Canada the chair of international discussions on Palestinian refugee issues.



Mondoweiss calls for a military embargo on Israel after decades of human rights violations: BDS movement grows as leading figures call for military embargo on Israel following Gaza assault

QUOTE:  Israel’s unchecked belligerence and persistent denial of basic human rights and self-determination to the Palestinian people call for a concerted effort by international civil society to force world governments to end the links of complicity. This impunity has allowed Israel to continue its occupation, colonization and denial of Palestinian refugees their UN-sanctioned rights. END QUOTE


Last but not least, I came across a very interesting blog post today and wanted to share it with you. Its about how a martian would see in Gaza: Why Americans Don’t Understand Palestine

QUOTE:  But our man from Mars is certainly not an American. And while empathy for the underdog is said to be an American trait, this is not true if the underdog is Palestinian. END QUOTE



After some heavy discussions on this latest Israeli-Palestinian war, I decided to do some research that wasnt buried in pro-con sources. I wanted to know when the Israeli Occupation began in Gaza and why.

And, I didnt want to use biblical-literalists opinions.

After my last blog post on this topic, (Israel – Gaza, Its Complicated) I planned on doing a post strictly pertaining the United Nations violations going on in this area, but a facebook friend of mine posted a graphic that led me to do this post.

Heres the image: 

Biblical Context: Israel believes that God told them this land belonged to them and no one else. I found a page on wikipedia that strictly pertains to the lands of Israel based on biblical scripture: Lands of Israel

However, there is the simple fact that Christianity began in Palestine, and that Palestinians were among the first converts to Christianity. (See –Aint Nobody Gonna Like This / The Persecution of the Jews in the Roman Empire (300-428) / The Rise And Triumph Of Christianity / Palestinian People / Acculturation)

Those biblical representations aside, there are some facts about Palestinians and Jews that need to be discussed when the subject of Gaza and the Israeli occupation is brought up.

There is no truth to the centuries old adage that the war between the Palestinians and Israelis has been ongoing since the beginning of time. (I just found out this fact today, and Im pretty shocked) In fact, prior to the Zionist Jew conflict, Jews actually flourished amongst the Arab world.

From what I could find regarding this conflict, (not on a wikipedia page) most of the problems arose around 1915 when the Jews began to start settlement areas. This situation was further aggravated in 1922 when land was stripped from the Palestinians by the Jews. (Mandates for Palestine)

During the time of World War 2, over 150,000 Jews fled to Palestine, as refugees. (What happened in Palestine during World War II?) This migration would in fact, assist the Jews in the ‘conquering’ of Palestine.

In 1947, Britain requested that a permanent solution be addressed by the United Nations. (I admit, I do not fully understand this situation due to the oddly worded 2 state solution [Arab/Jew] or Independent solution. And I still do not fully understand which one they went with) (Israel Statehood)

Either way, Israel was granted statehood and became a member of the United Nations shortly thereafter and the destruction of Palestine truly began.

Alot of people have stated the similarities between the American Indians and the Palestinian people due to the way the land was ‘divided’ up. Jews were given the fertile land while Palestinians were (in my words) screwed.

It was around this time that Palestinians were forced off their property. Many fled during the Deir Yassin massacre (The Deir Yassin Massacre of 1948) In watching several documentaries, the Palestinians were clearly a victim of ethnic cleansing.

Once the Palestinians fled these areas (some estimates say 700,000 Palestinians fled), the Israelis took over that land. It was also around this time that we know that the West Bank was controlled by Jordan and Gaza controlled by Egypt.

After the United Nations enacted a resolution in 1948 that would allow Palestinians a right to return (forgive the use of wikipedia, but its the most comprehensive on this subject Palestinian Right of Return) However, Israeli leaders would not allow that to occur.

Unfortunately, even though Palestinians still held deeds to properties, they were turned into Jewish settlements. And lets be clear about what that means.  The land owned by Palestinians who fled was managed by the Israeli government and it was leveled.

In 1967, another war broke out and another exodus of Palestinians took place. (Some of these Palestinians were expelled) These refugees fled to the West Bank and Gaza.

Even after the United Nations passed resolution after resolution, they failed to take action.

Ill skip ahead a bit to the late 1980s when the first intifada occured. Palestinians demonstrated/protested in a non-violent manner against the Israelis. (Most of these demonstrations were kids throwing rocks at tanks) Yitsak Rabin decided to respond with the brutality that we now know to be called ‘break the bones’. (I will not link to those videos but they are easily found)

During the 7 years of peace after the Oslo Process was began (1993) the Palestinians plight actually got worse. Israeli settlements expanded and any demonstration/protest against Oslo labeled you as a terrorist.

Over 740 homes were demolished during the Oslo Process.

In 2006, the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) was seen as a failure and Hamas was voted in.


Jewish settlers gain the benefit because Israel controls the power, the water, trash removal, and the roads, while Palestinians suffer from a lack of those services.

Most Jewish settlers on the always changing borders of Gaza/West Bank, have been offered ‘low’ costs for housing. They get a loan to relocate and if they are still there in 10 years, it does not need to be paid back.

In 2000, the Second Intifada began. The Palestinians mobilized against the oppression. It should be noted that Israelis used live ammunition against unarmed protesters.


Palestinians have lived in an oppressive environment for years. They have to go thru various checkpoints just to go down the street. This is also a clear violation of international law.

The saddest thing is that United Nations havent been allowed into Gaza to see these violations because Israel wont let them in. (Am I the only one who finds this odd?)


In August 2005, after 35+ years of occupation, Israeli forces began dismantling settlements in Gaza.

This was seen as a sacrifice.

Over $227,000 was offered to those settlers who offered to relocate. Israel asked the United States to pay twenty-two BILLION in aid to cover this cost. (I can find no sources as to when this money was allocated)


And while Israels presence is no longer ‘visible’ they still control the air space, water, and the border.

Speaking of border – there was a separation wall built. Its said to be twice the height of the Berlin wall. Its used to separate Palestinians in Gaza from land, family, schools and medical treatment.


There is now an entire generation of Palestinian children who have watched as their families have been treated in an inhumane manner.


Human rights activists who have been allowed into Gaza (i.e. World Vision) have been reporting these living conditions to no avail.

In fact, when activist Rachel Corrie was crushed by a bulldozer at the age of 23, the United States Congress refused to investigate.


Israel has the largest military presence in the world (behind the United States) and is the 5th largest nuclear power in the world.


It is also worth noting that the United States is seen as the sole supporter of Israel. Most of this support comes from two areas: The US lobbying organization known as AIPAC or from the fundamental religious groups, who believe that a strong Israel is ‘Gods plan’.

These organizations/groups would like us to view this as a good vs. evil situation, and would like us to have blind support of Israel.

Im sorry, but those of us who look beyond the deceit that our American media presents to us cannot do this. Our media has a total bias regarding the plight of the Palestinian people.

It is clear that Israel does not abide by the rules and regulations set forth at the 4th Geneva Convention – (i.e. settlements, control of travel etc)


American tax payers support this. Israel receives the most aid of any other country that the United States supports. (Israel gets 1/3 of the total aid by the US each year) In 2003, TEN BILLION dollars in aid went to Israel.

This money could be spent domestically in many areas. (But thats an entirely different blog)

Warning, this posts covers alot of territory (no pun intended). There is alot of information, including videos and links to other sources. 

Unless youve been living under a rock, you are aware that Israel has attacked Gaza AGAIN. As of the time Im writing this, a ground war has not yet begun, but there are reports that Israel has called up reservists.

[Just a small fact before you get reading: Gaza is home to a ‘little’ over a million people who live in an area 4 wiles wide and 25 miles long. Gaza is also under siege by Israel. Gaza has no army, air force, or navy.]


A few years ago, Israel and Gaza were ‘at war’ with each other and I had posted what I thought to be facts on my facebook page. A serious discussion ensued and I was introduced to Robert Fisks documentary Beirut to Bosnia.

Prior to watching this 3 part documentary, I thought I had a handle on what most of the fighting in this area was about. I admitted it then, and Ill admit it again now, I had no clue and I was sadly misinformed.

In case you havent heard about it, I have embedded all three parts:

Part 1: 

Part 2: (This is the one specific to Palestine/Gaza) 

Part 3: 

In case you dont have time to watch all three parts, make sure to watch Part 2.


November Surprise?

This latest round seems to go back to last Thursday when Israeli soldiers invaded Gaza, and in the process killed a 12 year old young boy. Obviously, there has been some back and forth since….and then on Sunday, leaders within the Israeli government were quoted as saying  “cut off the head of the snake. Take out the leadership of Hamas in Gaza.”  They have even threatened to cut  off of water, food, electricity, and fuel shipments to Gaza’s 1.7 million people.

On Monday, (11-12) Palestinians were said to have brokered a truce if Israel stopped the attacks.

On Wednesday, Israel forces assassinated Ahmed Jabari, who is the leader of Hamas military.

I was unable to embed the video of the strike on Jabaris vehicle, but heres the link to the youtube video:  IDF Pinpoint Strike on Ahmed Jabari, Head of Hamas Military Wing

(Side note: If Israel was able to target Jabari like this, then why so many innocents being killed or injured?)

In the process of assassinating Jabari, innocent civilians have also perished, including the 11 month old son and sister in law of a BBC journalist (The story behind the photo: Journalist’s 11-month-old son killed in Gaza strikes)

(Inserting my own WTH Israel? comment here)

Reuters reported that Israel may have lured Jabari out into the open with a ‘phony’ truce. (Phony truce may have lured Hamas man into open)

The closest number of civilian Palestinians killed on Wednesday I could confirm is 13, and that includes 3 children. Over 100 hundred citizens are injured and I see numbers between 25-30 children included in that figure.


The continuing LIE

So, can anyone trust Israel again after straight up shattering this truce? In case after case, Israel has shown blatant contempt, and seems to be manufacturing a crisis to have an excuse to attack Gaza.

QUOTE – Israel committed war crimes in that one-sided conflict, targeting and killing hundreds of civilians, using indiscriminate weapons, and intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure. It has become an accepted fact – even among critics of Israel – that the offensive was a response to Hamas rocket fire. The rocket fire did indeed occur immediately before the assault, but it was in response to Israel’s breaking of the six-month cease-fire, which even Israeli officials in WikiLeaks cables admitted Hamas had kept to. END QUOTE

(Source: GazaUnderAttack | Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It)

Written in 2009 but still pertinent – Reigniting Violence: How Do Ceasefires End?

People think Israel is a big bully – Israel’s war on Gaza This is a SCATHING post if you are on the side of Israel.

Whats even odder about the Israeli-Palestinian war is how the media is portraying each side….with Israel being the good guy and Gaza, the bad guy. Linguists including Noam Chomsky condemn “reprehensible” Gaza coverage

QUOTE -News items overwhelmingly focus on the rockets that have been fired from Gaza, none of which have caused human casualties. What is not in focus are the shellings and bombardments on Gaza, which have resulted in numerous severe and fatal casualties. It doesn’t take an expert in media science to understand that what we are facing is at best shoddy and skewed reporting, and at worst willfully dishonest manipulation of the readership.-END QUOTE

In the above mentioned article, it is also noted how the Palestinians oppression and terror are portrayed in a dishonest manner by more than just the American media. In todays internet based culture, you would think that a majority of the world would be incensed at the crimes perpetuated by Israel. However, it seems as if those countries support these atrocities against the Palestinians. This is further demonstrated via The Huffington Post (U.S. Condemns Hamas, Voices Support For Israel)

Even the New York Times has entered this blame game when they ran the editorial Another Israel-Gaza War?

Not interested in a cease fire? 

So, there IS confirmation that Israel wasnt serious about the agreed-upon cease fire after all: Israel won’t halt Gaza operation until Hamas begs for truce, say officials

Its not really surprising once you consider all the facts presented.


Here in America, it seems like if you fault Israel for provoking Gaza and going against cease fire agreements, and siding with Gaza in that process, you must be anti-American.

As the Stanford Daily states: We are complicit in Gaza violence

Our country has unwavering support for Israel and sends BILLIONS of dollars in aid to support their military.


Does America fear the wrath of Israel?

Its complicated.

For one, The United States of America isnt a territory Israel has ever made claim on for religious purposes. Lest they forget that Israel itself wasnt a ‘nation’ until 1948 (State of Israel Gives Jews a Homeland) Israel and Palestine have been at odds over land since the beginning of time….and the history is pretty ugly — and very complicated by religious zealots and politicians.

Its pretty obvious that our generation isnt going to make a difference between these two.


Do you all remember the group of hackers -Anonymous? Well, last night after reports that internet service would be turned off in Gaza, they passed around information about how to stay online (Sorry, I dont have that link) as well as hacking Israeli websites:  Anonymous Hackers Hit Israeli Sites In Retaliation For Gaza Attacks (from Forbes) and Anonymous Attacks Israeli Websites To Show Gaza Support In Conflict (from Huffington Post) While attacks like these really dont make a difference, they do show solidarity with the Palestinians.



Some other sources/articles/blogs I found interesting regarding the Israeli-Palestinian ‘situation’