Let’s cut to the chase.

For the Palestinians to ask for membership at the UN, already delayed for 64 years, is nothing more than their simple right, which they have come to realize is something they may never get from the Israelis.   “Freedom,” said Martin luther King Jr., is never voluntarily given by the oppressors;  it must be demanded by the oppressed.

C onsidering the last three decades, is there any doubt about who is the oppressed and the oppressor in the region?

Certainly the state of Palestine is at least as ready for membership as the most recent state to  be admitted  to the United Nations – South Sudan.

The world Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Union have each stated  that the territories are ready for statehood.

If not now, when?

Surely it’s high time that a  statement in support of the Palestineans no longer be construed as anti-Semitism.

For a long time the Palestineans have got the short end of the   stick.

high time to change that.

Should the UN recognize a Palestinean state?

What do you think?


  1. High time? Yes, but what type of state will it be? Fatah is rather corrupted and Hamas, though declining, is a warmonger. Fatah is asking for statehood but Hamas is opposed.
    I’m afraid this will just bring more trouble in the region and that, beside a principle victory, the Palestinian will get nothing much.

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    Giving Palestine statehood may give them self respect and hope for the future.
    It is long overdue.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Neil writes:

    “Considering the last three decades, is there any doubt about who is the oppressed and the oppressor in the region?”

    Oppressed: Israel

    Oppressor: all of the Arab states surrounding Israel.

    Look, if the Palestinians truly wanted peace, Yasser Arafat would have taken the deal brokered by Bill Clinton a decade ago (a deal that they claim to want now). The simple truth is that the Palestinians want a state that wipes all of Israel off the map. That’s their peace. And their state emblem reveals this:

    Good for Netanyahu for standing up to them (and Obama). Good for Harper for supporting him.

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    joe agnost Says:

    The UN has been a joke for so long it doesn’t matter who the members are… Giving Iran a voice on human rights is just one of the absurdities of the UN. It’s a joke.

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    Neil McKenty Says:


    Who is supposed to pick the good guys and the bad guys? The United States, maybe.

  6. Joe has a point, Neil, about Iran and human rights but no country in the world is reproach less on that score. including Canada and our very own Québec.

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    jim Says:

    How can one be considered anti-semitic, for supporting the Palestinians, if the Palestinians are semites?
    Re the oppressor and the oppressed, Israel has quarter of a million man army, navy, and airforce, and Palestine has none of that, maybe a rocket or two that they lob onto the Israeli border guards, every now and then.That doesn’t excuse their uncivilized killing of other unarmed people in the cities..

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