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Solidarity

by on November 29, 2022

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly issued Resolution 181 “to partition Palestine into two states.” The Resolution was a result of the UNSCOP (UN Special Committee On Palestine), a committee that “had little or no knowledge of conflict resolution, and even less about Palestine and it’s history.”

Thirty years after resolving to do something about an issue the United Nations didn’t understand it created – through another resolution – the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, to be observed on November 29 each year. Seventy-five years later the facts are clear and indisputable in one of the most contentious conflicts of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

There are people of all religious persuasions who support solidarity with the Palestinians but no international power has ever provided actual solidarity with Palestinians. Britain rejected the civil, political, and social needs of Palestinians during the First World War and during the Mandate period. The United States, which has been (for lack of a better term) taking care of the needs of Israel since World War II, has continued the British role of providing “even-handed” support to make sure Israelis and Zionists receive more moral and political support than the Palestinians.

It’s also a fact, although few agencies and fewer government recognize it, that there is no two-state solution. The support, financial, political, and moral, that the United States continues to provide Israel has allowed and encouraged Israel to become a segregated political entity that many now call and an apartheid state.

True solidarity would be to listen to the Palestinians, whose view and needs have been rejected for as there has been a colonial power involved in something they know little or nothing about.

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