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Statement on Palestinian attempts to end occupation at the UN

December 25, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has declared its intention to end the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem within two years by forcing through a resolution at the United Nations Security Council.

A senior official in the PLO, Wassel Abu Yussef, said the Palestinian leadership took the decision on Sunday after a meeting in Ramallah, according to the report by AFP.

Given that there are 45 resolutions condemning Israeli crimes since the UN’s inception and Israel has ignored all of these, it’s highly unlikely that Palestinian leaders expect the move to have anything but symbolic consequences.

But far from being a genuine attempt to end the brutal and illegal occupation, the PA’s maneuverings at the UN, including its previous acceptance as an observer state, disguise its active role in abetting Israeli rule in Palestinian territories.

The PA’s security cooperation with the occupation authorities, for example, relieves Israel of the economic and military costs of holding the Palestinian population in the West Bank captive. Forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas serve as mere contracted security guards for the Israeli occupation by seeking only to control the Palestinian population, ignoring the threat of attack by the Israeli army the many abuses committed by settler colonies dotted across the area.

Refusing to work with Israeli forces in terms of security, would make much more of an impact on the occupation than emotive but meaningless attempts to end it at the UN.

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