Adonis Diaries

Posts Tagged ‘Observer seat in the UN

Will the Palestinians Ever Win? Not even a “mourakeb” seat in UN?

Finally, the Palestinians got their seat in the UN as Observers, a preliminary step toward acknowledging a Statehood that was denied last year.

Mind you that the Palestinians are already a member of the UNESCO.

In 1947, the UN partitioned Palestine into two entities. Implicitly, the UN agreed on a Palestinian State in 1947, but only Israel was granted this status in 1948.

It has taken 65 years for the Palestinians to be part of the UN, after hundred of thousands of martyrs who fell under the apartheid and theocratic State of Israel, and are still suffering from all kinds of brutal and humiliating indignities every single day.

Last week, 170 Palestinians died following 1,500 jet attacks by Israel on Gaza, most of them babies and civilians, and over 1,500 injured.

Israel knew that this time around, even the US cannot be of help, and it tried hard to downgrade the significance of this new Palestinian status, saying that nothing will change on the ground…

Let’s first listen to what has to say before we comment.

posted in the daily Beast on Nov 19, 2012 “Why the Palestinians Will Never Win

This is from a CNN poll finding today:

According to the survey, nearly six in ten say their sympathies are with the Israelis, with 13% saying they side more with the Palestinians and 11% saying their sympathies are with neither side in the conflict.

“That’s nothing new,” added Holland. “The number of Americans who sympathize more with the Palestinians has never been higher than 18% since the question was first asked in 1988. Sympathies for Israel have sometimes dipped below 50%, but have been over that mark for the past eight years.”

Well, to me, that about sums the Palestinian problem up.

I’ve written this many times, and it hasn’t always gone down well with my readers, particularly at the Guardian, as you might imagine.

But this is a fact.

The Palestinian leadership, with a couple of happy new exceptions like Fayyad PM in the occupied West Bank, is just pathetic or worse.

The Palestinians are among the world’s most scorned and dispossessed people, but they’ve been saddled with the worst liberation movement in the history of liberation movements.

First and foremost, if they’d been a nonviolent movement, they’d have had their state 20 years ago. No understanding at all of either the Jewish or the American conscience, which resists “resistance” at all costs but melts at the first sight of a person standing before a tank holding a rose.

Second, the PA was until recently just hideously corrupt. Arafat and his cronies got away with stealing so much money from those poor people. Completely unconscionable.

Third, they appear to have no understanding of why they’re really losing. They’re losing because American public opinion will never be on their side. Americans will always back the Jews.

To Americans, Jews are nice, successful people. They’re funny. Jerry Seinfeld. Who’s gonna be against Jerry Seinfeld’s people?

You may think this is silly, but trust me, it’s anything but.

Roosevelt toyed with the idea of interning Italian-Americans in camps along with Japanese-Americans. You know why he dropped it? Because people around him told him that there is no way on Earth you can put Joe DiMaggio’s mother in a work camp.

In other words, and put more seriously, even as there was much religious bigotry afoot against Catholics in that America, middle Americans nevertheless had fellow feelings for Italians, just as they do for Jews today.

Palestinians? Yes, as Bill Clinton said, the only Palestinians he knows are college professors and doctors. In Clinton’s experience and in my more limited one, Palestinian Americans are a high-achieving and very warm people.

But all most Americans know is, they’re a bunch of terrorists. Palestinian leadership needs to take that seriously and change it.

None of this is meant as a defense of Israeli leadership. They’re schmucks, too, or worse.

So I don’t really like either side very much, in terms of their leaders, which is why I don’t write about this very often.

But I do know that if Palestinians moved to nonviolence and undertook a smart campaign to improve their image here, they’d turn things around on a dime.

Israel will ultimately do what America tells it to do, and America will become more sympathetic to the Palestinians when the Palestinians become more sympathetic.

Joanna Choukeir Hojeily shared OBaider Manasrah‘s photo.

Like The Daily Beast on Facebook

Newsweek/Daily Beast special correspondent Michael Tomasky is also editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. Follow Michael Tomasky on Twitter at @mtomasky.

For inquiries, please contact The Daily Beast at




March 2023

Blog Stats

  • 1,519,175 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by

Join 764 other subscribers
%d bloggers like this: