On the Wrong Side of History
Today, there is some hope for the Palestinians who have struggled to achieve statehood, since they were first promised it in 1948, when the State of Israel, was forced upon their territory, which at the time was a British mandated territory, After years of trying to negotiate Statehood under a peaceful resolutions with the Israel, it looks like it may be accomplished with a form of recognition of Statehood by a vote in the United Nations.
It appears that Israel, the United States, Britain and Canada, among other less important States cannot prevent this vote. Israel under the Likud government has lost support of many countries due its criminal behaviour toward the Palestinians. It has become increasingly clear that the Israeli government has no intentions of making a peace agreement with the Palestinians to support them in forming a State of their own. The reality is that Israel has been illegally occupying Palestinian territory such that there are now 600,000 Israeli settlers illegally located on Palestinians lands. They along with the infrastructure to connect the settlements have cut up the Palestinian Territory such that it no longer has an geographical integrity. The promise of negotiating a "two State solution" has been made impossible. It is now a lie. In reality the Israelis want to keep the Palestinians stateless why they increasingly occupy their land.
For an essay on the historical background and issues at stake on this issue read what Dr. Cole wrote.
Israel's has been losing the support of many countries, particularly European ons.. For decades, Israel, was widely supported while the Palestinians were demonized. Israel began as a noble socialist experiment at nation building, "making the desert bloom". Along the way, this Israel disappeared and Israel has become a rogue state criminally treating the Palestinians. The threat of being called anti-Semitic build of our guilt over the Holocaust, no longer has the controlling power over Nations it once had.
To our shame, Canada finds itself on the wrong side history, supporting the Israeli government unconditionally. This is the policy of the Stephen Harper Conservative government . It is not the historic view of Canada which always tried to be even handed in the treatment of the Israel/Palestinian conflict. The Canadian government is a more rabid supporter of Israel than the Israeli government. While the Israel government seems to recognize that they will lose on this UN vote and are soft peddling its significance as not changing the situations on the ground, the Canadian Conservative government is threatening the Palestinians with shutting down of their "embassy" in Canada, cutting off of diplomatic connection and the withholding economic support if they win this vote. It seems Canada want to do to Palestine what it did to Iran, this taking itself out of the opportunity to have any influence. Canada's amateurish efforts at international relations leave it irrelevant.. The US I am sure will be realistic in their response, so they can remain a player. The British have even signaled that they would support the Palestinians if they promised not to support the International Criminal Court, and not take Israel before it. This what is really at stake. Palestine as a State could take Israel to the ICC for it's criminal behavior:i.e. allowing settlements on Palestinian Territory, seizing of large parts of East Jerusalem, carrying out policies of assassination of Palestinian leaders, .collective punishment of Gazans, failure to allow adequate food and materials for the people of Gaza, in particular. As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for these violations of International Law. These are crimes against humanity.
How sad and ironic it is the Israel of all states has come to behave criminally toward the Palestinians. They, who once were the victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity are behaving in this manner toward others. We have a right to expect more morally from Israel. We certainly no longer owe their government unconditional support. (which no government should have, not even our own)
History is moving on, I hope Canada will not be left behind and irrelevant on the wrong side of history.