UN Failure In Palestine: Live Bullets, Rubber-coated Bullets, And Stun Grenades Or Tear-gas Inhalation
02 November 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in
Israel-Occupied Palestine, in an effort to defuse mounting tension between
Israel and the Palestinians as the Israeli occupation army killed five more
Palestinians Tuesday, bringing the number of Palestinian victims of Israeli
repression to as many as 51 in less than three weeks..
More than 3000 other Palestinians are thought to have sustained varied
injuries from live bullets, rubber-coated bullets, and stun grenades or from
Moreover, Palestinian eyewitnesses and some human rights groups have accused
Israel of executing in cold blood a number of Palestinian youngsters on the
mere suspicion that they were planning to stab Israeli soldiers and settlers.
Around nine Israeli soldiers and settlers were also killed and dozens injured
in the same period.
The violence, often dubbed as the Third Palestinian Intifada or uprising,
started after government-backed Messianic Jewish fanatics carried out forced
encroachments, nearly on a daily basis, into the Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's
Messianic Jewish groups, including government ministers, make no secret of
their desires to see the Islamic Shrines at the Haram al-Sharif destroyed by
whatever means necessary in order to build a Jewish Temple in the area.
Most Palestinians consider the Aqsa Mosque a matter of life or death since it
symbolizes their national existence. Hence, the repeated storming of the
Mosque by fanatical Jewish groups is viewed by most Palestinians as the
On the other hand, Israel seems thoroughly intoxicated with arrogance of
power as a result of Israel's military might and also by Jewish domination
over the American government, especially Congress.
Following his arrival in Tel Aviv, Moon reiterated platitudes, repeated ad
nauseam, about the Palestinian question.
However, the UN Chief avoided blaming Israel for effectively killing the
proposed two-state solution through settlement expansion which most observers
contend has eliminated any remaining prospects for the establishment of any
viable Palestinian state.
''It is not too late to avoid a broader crisis,'' Moon insisted. ''In my
meetings today and tomorrow with the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships, I
will be appealing to all to take concerted steps to limit new incidents on
both sides. Violence only begets violence.''
Moon added that extremists on either side, or those who think violence is the
answer, must not be allowed to further fuel the conflict.
''Beyond the immediate tensions, what is missing is the resolve to restore a
political horizon for talks, and a political process that delivers real
results and hope,'' Mr. Ban noted. ''Violence only undermines the legitimate
Palestinian aspirations for statehood and the longing of Israelis for
Underlining that ''the status quo is only making things worse,'' the
Secretary-General stated that this conflict has gone on for far too long.
''We must, for the future of our children, turn back from this dangerous
abyss, safeguard the two-state solution and lead people back onto the road
towards peace,'' he urged, adding that the UN, and himself as
Secretary-General, will continue to support all efforts to create the
conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations and a just and lasting
Moon's visit is unlikely to contribute to the restoration of calm, especially
in light of Israel's failure to stop tampering with the delicate situation at
the Aqsa Mosque.
Moreover, the deadly Israeli response to Palestinian protests over the Aqsa
crisis and also the vanishing of real hopes for Palestinian statehood seem to
have created an incendiary situation which can only be contained by drastic
UN action against Israel's lebensraum policies in Palestine, namely the
However, such an intervention by the UN is highly unlikely due to US hegemony
over the international organization.
The US, Israel's guardian-ally, has used its veto power at the UN Security
Council numerous times to kill dozens of UNSC resolutions that would have
forced Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories and allow for the
establishment of a viable Palestinian state.
Moreover, the virtually unlimited military support for Israel by the US has
made the Zionist state a virtual military superpower that is capable of
defying the entire international community, including the U.S. Hence, the UN
failure to resolve the Palestinian question.
Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who is notorious for his
dishonesty and mendacity, has been saying that Israel will not seek to change
the status quo in Jerusalem's al-Haram al-Sharif.
However, those familiar with Netanyahu's mindset and twisted language realize
too well that Netanyahu, when referring to the status quo, is only alluding
to the fait accompli where fanatic Jews are allowed, with army escort and
protection, to enter the Islamic sanctuary, not to visit the place as Israeli
propaganda alleges, but rather to hold Talmudic rituals, in order to
desensitize Muslim objections and to arrogate a foothold at the 1400-year
Hence, Israel bears absolute and full responsibility for the current violence
engulfing the area, first for knowingly killing all prospects for peace due
to unrelenting settlement expansion and, second, for tampering with the
powder keg at the Aqsa Mosque.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran
Palestinian journalist and political commentator living in the West Bank.