Juliet Moses does NOT speak for ALL New Zealanders

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The assertion by Juliet Moses on 6 January in the New Zealand Herald article, Israel vote was an affront to all New Zealanders, echoes the arrogance of Zionism’s unjustifiable claim to speak and act on behalf of all Jews.

The assertion by Juliet Moses on 6 January in the New Zealand Herald article, Israel vote was an affront to all New Zealanders, echoes the arrogance of Zionism’s unjustifiable claim to speak and act on behalf of all Jews. What is offensive, is to assert that all New Zealanders would be affronted by the passing of a Security Council Resolution that upholds the tragically hard-won provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Moses writes that Resolution 2334 “deems” all settlements beyond the 1949 armistice lines to be a flagrant violation of international law. The resolution doesn’t merely ‘deem’ them to be – it is a reminder to the world of an undeniable fact of international law. Her article refers to “Israel’s policy of trading land for peace”. Israel needs to be told that to attempt to trade stolen land is a criminal act. On 3 July 1969, UN Security Council Resolution 267 recalled that, since the adoption of earlier resolutions, “Israel has taken further measures tending to change the status of the City of Jerusalem” and reminded Israel, yet again, of “the established principle that acquisition of territory by military conquest is inadmissible”. The UNSC confirmed that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel which purport to alter the status of Jerusalem, including expropriation of land and properties thereon, are invalid and cannot change that status”. These principles of international law are non-negotiable.

Israel and the United Nations
At the time of Israel’s ‘Declaration of Independence’ there was no United Nations ceremony and no welcoming speeches by world leaders at the unfurling of the new Israeli state’s flag. The United Nations Partition Plan, with good reason, had still not been implemented. Instead, on 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion (Israel’s first Prime Minister) pre-empted the Partition Plan by unilaterally asserting the existence of the state of Israel in Palestine.

There was disagreement in Washington over the ‘Declaration of Independence’, especially between President Harry Truman and Secretary of State, George C. Marshall, and the majority of the US foreign policy establishment. In March 1948 The Washington Post columnist Richard Holbrook wrote that Truman had already promised the future President of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, that he would support the Jewish Agency’s proposal to partition Palestine and split it apart. That promise had been made in confidence. According to Holbrook, “With only a few hours left until midnight in Tel Aviv”, Clark Clifford, Truman’s aide, “told the Jewish Agency to request immediate recognition of the new state, which still lacked a name.” Just eleven minutes after the Tel Aviv declaration, at 6:11pm on May 14, Truman announced US recognition. According to Holbrooke, this was done so rapidly that in the official announcement, the typed words “Jewish State” are crossed out and replaced with the words “State of Israel”. The President of the United States created the precedent for recognition of Israel and other world leaders quickly fell into line.

Facts on the ground
Following the adoption of UN Resolution 181, there came the destruction of Palestinian homes, either blown up or bulldozed, as Israel violently forced three-quarters of a million Palestinians to become refugees. From 9 to 11 April, a month before the ‘Declaration of Independence’ and confident of US support, Israeli forces set about the ethnic cleansing of the village of Deir Yassin and the implementation of Israel’s own version of the UN Partition Plan. The massacre exemplified the malevolence that Zionism harbours towards the indigenous people of the land it covets. Today, Israel’s expanding West Bank settlement programme continues to push the Zionist project ever forward, and Palestinian homes continue to be bulldozed and blown up.

UN General Assembly Resolution 181
The UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) was established on 15 May (Resolution 106), charged with the task of investigating further and to “submit such proposals as it may consider appropriate for the solution of the problem of Palestine”. The UNSCOP report concluded that Palestine was being denied the same right to self-determination that was adhered to with regard to other Arab territories. This denial of Palestinian independence was due to support by powerful interests for the goal of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine.

While UN General Assembly Resolution 181 recommended that the UNSCOP partition plan be accepted and implemented by the concerned parties, that did not, of itself, confer upon the Zionist leadership any legal authority to unilaterally declare a state. For there to be any legal basis for such an outcome, both sides would have had to have formally agreed to it. That they clearly did not.

Zionist discrimination within the Israeli state
The blight of Zionist discrimination asserts itself both within Israel and in the Occupied West Bank. For example, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, founder of Jews and Arabs for Defence of Human Rights, reports that on 15 January this year, yet more residents of the Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran will be forced from their homes. Israel aims to remove these people in order to establish the Jewish-only town of Hiran. Ascherman notes that a 100-year-old Israeli Bedouin citizen, Musa Hussein Abu Al Qian, is among those to be evicted, along with his family “simply because they aren’t Jewish.”

Juliet Moses calls for the co-existence of a “secure” Jewish state alongside a Palestinian state that she envisages as merely “viable”. Israel’s founding ideology, it seems, simply cannot acknowledge the Palestinian people’s right to security. So while Palestinian refugees continue to be denied their right of return, the Israeli military goes on creating more Occupation facts on the ground. The Palestinian people can only look to the world community, that chose to place them in this invidious situation, for support now in requiring Israel to respect and abide by international humanitarian law.

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Leslie Bravery

Leslie Bravery is a Londoner with vivid World War Two memories of the Nazi blitz on his home town. In 1947/1948 His father explained to him what was happening to the Palestinians thus: “Any ideology or political movement that creates refugees in the process of realising its ambitions must be inhuman and should be opposed and condemned as unacceptable.” What followed confirmed this assessment of the Zionist entity a hundredfold. Now a retired flamenco guitarist, with a lifelong interest in the tragedy of what happened to the Palestinian people, he tries to publicise their plight. Because the daily injustices they suffer barely get a mention in the mainstream news media, Leslie edits/compiles a daily newsletter, In Occupied Palestine, for the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. These days, to preserve his sanity, he enjoys taking part in a drama group whenever possible!

15 Comments

  1. grumpystilskin says:

    I was going to post a long and involved reply about the Zionist lie of being being promised a Jewish state by God. This guy sums it up way better and he’s a Rabbi.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSEtuckDbpk

    Further reading: http://www.truetorahjews.org/

  2. Michael says:

    You might be surprised at the number of New Zealanders that don’t approve of New Zealand sponsoring UN resolution 2334.

    You do need to get out more rather than operating in the echo chamber called “The Daily Blog”

    I guess somewhere in your past a Jewish person has upset you hence vehemently anti-Jewish held views.

    I have shown your blogs to a number of people both who hold left and right wing views and the common comment is “who is this anti-Jewish nutter, he has a real chip on his shoulder”

    • You might be surprised at the number of New Zealanders that don’t approve of New Zealand sponsoring UN resolution 2334.

      Yes, we know. It’s you and a handful of other zealots, Michael.

      You do need to get out more rather than operating in the echo chamber called “The Daily Blog”

      So, what are you doing here “in the echo chamber called “The Daily Blog”, Michael? Aside from being a mouthpiece for Israeli aggression, of course?

      I guess somewhere in your past a Jewish person has upset you hence vehemently anti-Jewish held views.

      So condemning illegal occupation and settlements of the West Bank; the blockade of Gaza; and other acts of aggression is “anti-Jewish”, Michael?

      By your logic, you are inferring that committing aggression is the “Jewish way” of doing things? You’re pretty screwed up if that’s your outlook on life. I think your pro-Israel fanaticism is blinding you to simple rights and wrongs.

      By the way, not all Jewish people share your slavish adherence to Israeli government and military brutality;

      (Jews and Palestinians have been holding anti-war protests throughout Israel, but the mainstream media has refused to cover them.)

      Jews also protested the Gaza war in New York City yesterday

      Anti-war protests have also been held in other cities throughout the world.

      Indeed, many Jews oppose Israeli treatment of the Palestinians:

      – All 6 Former Israeli Security Chiefs Slam Occupation of Palestine

      – Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories 2000-2010

      – Holocaust Survivors Criticize Israeli Policy Towards Palestinians

      Postscript: Many devoutly religious Jews oppose Zionism. So opposing an Israeli policy does not make anti-Semitic … or a “self-hating Jew“.

      And we salute Israelis protesting against the war, especially since dissent may subject them to death threats.

      Ref: http://www.globalresearch.ca/not-in-our-namejews-stage-massive-anti-war-protests-in-tel-aviv-new-york-and-elsewhere/5393512

    • Wensleydale says:

      I guess somewhere in your past a Jewish person has upset you hence vehemently anti-Jewish held views.

      You know, at some point in time, certain sections of the Jewish community are going to have to accept the fact that they’re not special snowflakes, and as such they’re in no way excused from abiding by international law. Attempting to excuse their blatant violations by trotting out that hoary old chestnut ‘anti-semitism’, just makes them look like petulant children.

      If I see a man beating his dog, and I confront him – does that make me a decent, community-minded citizen?

      If I see a Jewish man beating his dog, and I confront him – does that make me a shameless anti-semite?

    • Andrea says:

      Not all Israelis are Jews.

      The objection is to the antics and atrocities of the ISRAELI government over a long time.

      I’m not sure why you’re dragging religion into this.

      Perhaps, instead of guessing, you can move on to supposing that many New Zealanders have seen/experienced cruel and unethical governments before and will both speak and act to bring our distaste to the attention of the failures.

      And, if all else fails – at least try to separate synagogue from state. We can. You can, too.

  3. John W says:

    Typical statement by a pro Israel speaker. for other.

    Reading around shows this is just propaganda and very untrue.

    Why is he given the media space with such outrageous claims without some rebuttal also being balanced against this nonsense.

    Who owns the media that does not serve us well.

  4. Regarding Juliet Moses’ comment in the New Zealand Herald article, that UN Resolution 2334 “was an affront to all New Zealanders” – I will thank her and her fellow travellers not to assume they speak for me and others.

    Last I looked, Israel has not added Aotearoa to it’s list of illegally annexed territory.

    As for Moses’ assertion;

    …Israel’s Arab neighbours mounted a second unsuccessful attempt to exterminate her in 1967

    – is either woeful ignorance or wilful misrepresentation of historical fact.

    Israel launched the so-called Six Day War on 5 June 1967 against it’s neighbours;

    In response to the apparent mobilization of its Arab neighbours, early on the morning of June 5, Israel staged a sudden preemptive air assault that destroyed more than 90 percent Egypt’s air force on the tarmac. A similar air assault incapacitated the Syrian air force. Without cover from the air, the Egyptian army was left vulnerable to attack. Within three days the Israelis had achieved an overwhelming victory on the ground, capturing the Gaza Strip and all of the Sinai Peninsula up to the east bank of the Suez Canal.

    ref: https://www.britannica.com/event/Six-Day-War

    Arrogant and mis-informed. She most certainly does not speak on my behalf.

    • John W says:

      The Jewish community in NZ are either supportive of this attack on NZ or should speak out to the contrary.

      Most of my Jewish friends abhor what is happening with Israel’s illegal expansion and the crimes committed which bring them shame.

      • Priss says:

        +1

        I have Jewish friends as well, and they are appalled by many of the things done in their name. Juliet Moses doesn’t even speak for the entire Jewish community much less the entire country.

        It seems she has been esconced far too long in the Zionist echo chamber.

  5. […] This recent NZ Herald story was brought to my attention by Martyn Bradbury writing on The Daily Blog; […]

  6. PeterMc says:

    Here are the logins for shalom.kiwi

    +—-+—————+——+
    | Id | Login | Name |
    +—-+—————+——+
    | 1 | shalomkiwi | |
    | 2 | davidcumin | |
    | 3 | shereetrotter | |
    | 4 | shoshmaasland | |
    | 5 | julietm | |
    +—-+—————+——+

    as of today.

  7. PeterMc says:

    And just out of interest, here are the logins for kiwiblog.co.nz

    +—-+————–+————–+
    | Id | Login | Name |
    +—-+————–+————–+
    | 1 | admin-2 | admin |
    | 6 | david-farrar | David Farrar |
    | 8 | dj_krysus | dj_krysus |
    | 9 | damian | Damian |
    | 10 | morgan | Morgan |
    +—-+————–+————–+

    dj_krysus is interesting: PwC employee.

  8. PeterMc says:

    Here’s the logins for Shalom.kiwi

    Seems I didn’t post it right the first time:

    +—-+—————+——+
    | Id | Login | Name |
    +—-+—————+——+
    | 1 | shalomkiwi | |
    | 2 | davidcumin | |
    | 3 | shereetrotter | |
    | 4 | shoshmaasland | |
    | 5 | julietm | |
    +—-+—————+——+