Opinion: If not now, when?

For Palestinians, justice is delayed and still denied

Montreal Gazette:

By Thomas Woodley

Irwin Cotler says the time isn’t right for Palestinian statehood (“The time isn’t right for statehood bid” Opinion, Sept. 8).

If not now, when?

The Palestinian territories satisfy all of the requirements for statehood under international law. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Union have each stated that the territories are ready for statehood. Certainly a state of Palestine is at least as ready as the most recent state to be admitted to the United Nations – South Sudan.

Cotler repeatedly condemns the statehood bid at the UN as a “unilateral move” by the Palestinians. What he does not mention is that the UN in fact already approved the creation of a Palestinian state – in 1947. At that time, the General Assembly voted to create two states on what had been British Mandate Palestine: one majority Jewish, the other majority Arab. The first was quickly established, the second never was.

Speaking of unilateralism, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and other territories is a unilateral undertaking in place since 1967, and repeatedly condemned by the UN ever since. Israel’s separation wall, dividing communities and confiscating Palestinian land, is a unilateral activity by Israel declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.

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Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestine

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