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Accepting Palestine Would Make Israel Legit

Accepting Palestine Would Make Israel Legit

By Genevieve Cora Fraser

South Africa was universally regarded as illegitimate, yet internationally recognized, de facto and de jure. Israel under international law is also illegitimate though internationally recognized, defacto and de jure. The 1947 UN Resolution 181 regarding the creation of two states within Palestine was non-binding - though it did present a formula for statehood that might be accepted under international law which included NO transfers of populations (ethnic cleansing) and if the state could justify taking any land, the owners were to receive IMMEDIATE compensation.

The United Nations citing several international laws ordered Israel to allow the Palestinians to return or to pay compensation. Though it has been nearly 60 years, Israel has not done so and has accumulated over 200 UN resolutions against it based on international law including major crimes against humanity. Instead of seeking legitimacy, Israel passed the internationally condemned racist Absentee Property Laws in 1948/50 to steal Palestinian land and later Planning Laws that deprived Arab Israeli citizens of basic human rights as well as services - no roads, running water, electricity, health care centers, educational facilities in renamed "unrecognized villages." And now the Knesset has voted to ethnically cleanse 40,000 Arab Israeli citizens from their homes. That is a crime against humanity as was blockading food and medicine from 1.5 million residents of Gaza for 50 days in February and March. 40% of Gaza was suffering from malnutrition due to Israel's constant military assault and confinement of the population prior to the blockage. Today the EU and UN reports the food shortage is critical.

And Israel doesn't confine its illegal "laws" to Palestinians or Arabs. Until the High Court struck down the law last week, the laws of Israel allowed for enforced servitude, a virtual slavery where foreign workers were regarded as the property of their owners and were forced to remain with the employer who brought them to Israel.

Hamas no longer condones suicide bombing but correctly states under international law - they have a Right to Resist & they have a Right to Return! What Hamas refuses to recognize are blatant illegalities and Israel's murderous Occupation where they have exercised absolute power of life and death over Palestinians for nearly 40 years.

Rather than categorizing Hamas as a terrorist organization, the US should recognize it for what it truly is - a Humanitarian Aide and Resistance organization as well as the duly elected representatives of an ancient and proud people, the Palestinians - who have only one option left - to fight their way out of the American/Israel imposed horror - or die trying. Check over the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution and you might catch on to what Hamas is talking about.


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