Noam Chomsky on Palestinian Statehood

Noam Chomsky, long an advocate of statehood for Palestine, piped in today on ZDnet:
In late 2012 the US devoted extensive efforts to block a General Assembly resolution upgrading Palestine’s status to that of a “non-member observer state.” The effort failed, leaving the US in its usual international isolation on November 29, when the resolution passed overwhelmingly on the anniversary of the 1947 General Assembly vote on partition.5 The reasons Washington frankly offered for its opposition to the resolution were revealing: Palestine might approach the International Criminal Court on Israel’s U.S.-backed crimes, which cannot be permitted judicial review for reasons that are all too obvious. A second concern, the New York Times reported, was that “the Palestinians might use the vote to seek membership in specialized agencies of the United Nations,” which could lead Washington to defund these international organizations, as it cut off financing to UNESCO in 2011 when it dared to admit Palestine as a member. The Master does not tolerate disobedience.

Read the full article (which includes relevant history) here:

"Why Sheldon Adelson Spent $150 Million On the 2012 Election" (at Mother Jones)

"Unpopular Israeli settlement plans spur U.K., France to summon envoys" (at the National Post)

"Israel settlements: Netanyahu defies outcry over E-1" (at the BBC)
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