Press Release I.
On the UN resolution Vote for Palestine State (observer)
From: Hasan Yahya: Former Professor of Comparative Sociology and Conflict Management**
While the draft resolution to be put for a vote today (Thursday) “decides to accord to Palestine Non-member Observer State status in the United Nations.”
And while the opinion of the U.S. is declared as: “We’ve obviously been very clear that we do not think that this step is going to bring the Palestinian people any closer to a state, that we think it is a mistake, that we oppose it, that we will oppose it,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “The secretary was very clear with President Abbas . . . that our position on this has not changed, and we are continuing to make that clear, not only directly to President Abbas and the Palestinians, but also to all of our U.N. partners, as well.”
And while American policies are not become innocent in its relation with Palestinians, and while Britain, France and other European powers have privately sought to persuade the Palestinians to include language in the resolution explicitly ruling out any intention to pursue war-crimes prosecutions against Israeli troops.
My advice to Barack Obama Administration, is to take a positive measures not to self-save from Arabs and Muslims anger by NOT voting Veto to the decision. What’s wrong of pursuing criminals to the court, (Israelis or non-Israelis), if they are innocent until they are convicted with evidence. Why Israel (and the U.S) are perceiving negatively and afraid from passing the new resolution? Palestinians knew well their rights and much more than Israel, the U.S. and United Kingdom. In my opinion, beware, 9/11 was a tragedy resulted up from long U.S. negativity toward Palestine and Palestinians for decades.
The consequences of the U.S negative reaction to support Palestinians (if this happened) are clear and sound. America remains far away from trust and insists to be a continuous target of hate from Arabs, Muslims and more than 130 states in the U.N. American arrogance doesn’t work for the purpose of saving American lives abroad.
Deviation from justice to all (on the resolution vote) by American diplomacy representative, I believe, will mark a position of long anxiety journey to the U.S. in the coming decades.
In conclusion, I am calling Obama Administration to be careful in their vote. I am warning if the vote was against the resolution. Why? Because injustice never prevail (forever). Israel still an occupation of Palestinian land. Americans who brought Obama four more years are not the same Americans who support blindly Israeli claims in Palestine sixty-plus years back. No matter how much or when, or where American diplomats smile to Israeli aggression, the success of diplomacy, in my belief, will save American lives for many years to come. www.hasanyahya.com
**Personal position by the writer: a Palestinian born, American-Arab scholar and philosopher. President of the Arab American Encyclopedia and the Arab Club Journal in the United States.