What UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his remarks to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People affirmed the inherent hypocrisy of international institutions towards Palestine and Palestinians. “As I have said repeatedly,” he insisted, “there is no Plan B.” Guterres could have saved himself the trouble of his entire speech and merely affirmed its conclusion, words which have been uttered on other occasions since he took over the role from Ban Ki-Moon.
Given that both the Committee and Guterres himself are in concordance with the two-state compromise which has only served to encourage further and ongoing Zionist colonisation of Palestine, the Secretary General’s statement can only be interpreted as his renewed insistence on preventing Palestinians from achieving their inalienable rights.
This particular UN Committee was established in 1975 “to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their inalienable rights to self-determination without external interference.” Nevertheless, it endorses and imposes external interference upon Palestinians without the slightest sign of opposition from the Palestinian leadership.
This reflects the Palestinian Authority’s acquiescence to maintaining the question of Palestine as an external issue, to the point that Palestinian prominence at the UN has become less than symbolic. If the PA is unwilling to challenge Guterres and UN bodies which insist on prioritising Palestinian marginalisation, it is facilitating the Committee’s transgression of its aims.
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Since “external interference” played a major role in launching and securing the colonisation of Palestine, it stands to reason that the UN is facilitating a continuation of the process. The international organisation must be called out for its transgression of Palestinian rights, because at the moment it most certainly is not the institution to which which human rights organisations and the PA should resort. There is no doubt that the organisation does not deserve a pedestal of impunity, nor should it be deemed to be a point of reference for human rights.
“After the National Party gained power in South Africa in 1948, its all-white government immediately began enforcing existing policies of racial segregation under a system of legislation that it called apartheid. Under apartheid, nonwhite South Africans (a majority of the population) would be forced to live in separate areas from whites and use separate public facilities, and contact between the two groups would be limited. Despite strong and consistent opposition to apartheid within and outside of South Africa, its laws remained in effect for the better part of 50 years. In 1991, the government of President F.W. de Klerk began to repeal most of the legislation that provided the basis for apartheid.” (history.com)
❓❓❓ What organization did Nelson Mandela lead in the 1950s that aimed for the abolishment of apartheid?