By Ilan Pappe
10 January, 2011

I begin by thanking all the organizers; I know it took quite a lot of efforts to bring us all together. It is a great achievement, and as Mazin Qumsiyeh and Haidar Eid, mentioned, and Lubna Masarwa, yesterday, you also provided a great opportunity for us to meet and we are very grateful to you for this opportunity to meet you and to meet each other. It is easier because of the Israeli oppression to meet here than to meet in Palestine where we should meet and hopefully one day we will all be there without the need to go to the frozen hills of Stuttgart to create a joint life!

And I think that’s the gist of the Zionist story that it does not allow people to meet normal life and to be normal friends that they need to go through all that hardship in order to fulfill a very elementary human impulse to live together.

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Philip Weiss, November 14, 2009
When people ask why Obama has capitulated to the prime minister of a tiny state– Bibi Netanyahu– various theories are offered about Health care first, or the economy, or Afghanistan, or oil. Few say directly: Netanyahu feels invulnerable because of the Israel lobby in the U.S. As readers of this site know, I am a bull on this issue: I think the lobby has a tremendous amount of power. And all efforts to poohpooh its influence strike me as foolish until such time as the media address it openly and vigorously, as they do, say, the gun lobby. Once there’s information and sunshine, we can argue about its magnitude.

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usrael1An Updated List of Vetoes Cast by the US

By Donald Neff

Washington Report, May/June 2005, page 14 Special Report

Prior to the Nixon administration, the United States had never

employed its veto power in the U.N. Security Council. It was

first used March 17, 1970 over Southern Rhodesia. The second

U.S. veto came two years later, when Washington sought to

protect Israel from a resolution condemning Israel for one of

its attacks on its neighbors. Since then, the United States has

cast its veto a total of 39 times to shield Israel from Security

Council draft resolutions that condemned, deplored,

denounced, demanded, affirmed, endorsed, called on and

urged Israel to obey the world body.


Sept 10, 1972


to Shield Israel from Criticism by the

UN Security Council

- Condemned Israel’s attacks against

Southern Lebanon and Syria; vote: 13 to 1, with 1



July 26, 1973


- Affirmed the rights of the Palestinian

people to self-determination, statehood and equal

protections; vote: 13 to 1, with China absent.


Dec 8, 1975


- Condemned Israel’s air strikes and

attacks in Southern Lebanon and its murder of

innocent civilians; vote: 13 to 1, with 1 abstention.


Jan 26, 1976


- Called for self-determination of

Palestinian people; vote:9 to 1, with 3 abstentions.


March 25, 1976


- Deplored Israel’s altering of the

status of Jerusalem, which is recognized as an

international city, by most world nations and the

United Nation’s; vote: 14 to 1.


June 29, 1976


- Affirmed the inalienable rights of the

Palestinian people; vote: 10 to 1, with 4 abstentions.


April 30, 1980


- Endorsed self-determination for the

Palestinian people vote: 10 to 1, with 4 abstentions.


Jan. 20, 1982


- Demanded Israel’s withdrawal from

the Golan Heights; vote: 9 to 1, with 4 abstentions.


April 2, 1982


- Condemned Israel’s mistreatment of

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza

Strip and its refusal to abide by the Geneva

Convention protocols of civilized nations; vote: 14 to 1.


April 20, 1982


- Condemned an Israeli soldier who

shot 11 Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount of

the Haram al-Sharaf near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the

Old City of Jerusalem; vote: 14 to 1.


June 8, 1982


- Urged sanctions against Israel if it did

not withdraw from its invasion of Lebanon; vote: 14 to 1.


June 26, 1982


- Urged sanctions against Israel if it did

not withdraw from its invasion of Beirut, Lebanon;

vote: 14 to 1.

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ug 6, 1982


- Urged cut-off of economic aid to Israel

if it refused to withdraw from its occupation of

Lebanon; vote: 11 to 1, with 3 abstentions.


Aug 2, 1983


- Condemned continued Israeli

settlements in occupied Palestine territories of West

Bank and Gaza Strip, denouncing them as an

obstacle to peace; vote: 13 to 1, with 1 abstention.


Sept 6, 1984


- Deplored Israel’s brutal massacre of

Arabs in Lebanon and urged its withdrawal; vote: 14 to 1.


March 12, 1985


- Condemned Israeli brutality in

Southern Lebanon and denounced Israel’s “Iron Fist”

policy of repression; vote: 11 to 1, with 3 abstentions.


Sept 13, 1985


- Denounced Israel’s violation of human rights in the occupied territories;

vote: 10 to 1, with 4 abstentions.


Jan 17, 1986


- Deplored Israel’s violence in Southern Lebanon;

vote: 11 to 1, with 3 abstentions.


Jan 30, 1986


- Deplored Israel’s activities in occupied

Arab East Jerusalem which threaten the sanctity of

Muslim holy sites; vote: 13 to 1, with 1 abstention.


Feb 6, 1986


- Condemned Israel’s hijacking of a Libyan passenger airplane on Feb. 4;

vote: 10 to 1, with 1 abstention.


Jan 18, 1988


- Deplored Israeli attacks against

Lebanon and its measures and practices against the

civilian population of Lebanon;

vote: 13 to 1, with Britain abstaining.


Feb 1, 1988


- Called on Israel to abandon its policies

against the Palestinian uprising that violate the rights

of occupied Palestinians, abide by the Fourth

Geneva Convention and formalize a leading role for

the United Nations in future peace negotiations;

vote: 14 to 1.


April 15, 1988


- Urged Israel to accept back deported

Palestinians, condemned Israel’s shooting of civilians,

called on Israel to uphold the Fourth Geneva

Convention and called for a peace settlement

under U.N. auspices; vote: 14 to 1.


May 10, 1988


- Condemned Israel’s May 2 incursion

into Lebanon; vote: 14to 1.


Dec 14, 1988


- Deplored Israel’s Dec. 9 commando

raids on Lebanon; vote: 14 to 1.


Feb. 17, 1989


- Deplored Israel’s repression of the

Palestinian uprising and called on Israel to respect

the human rights of the Palestinians; vote: 14 to 1.


June 9, 1989


- Deplored Israel’s violation of the human

rights of the Palestinians; vote: 14 to 1.


Nov 7, 1989


- Demanded Israel return property

confiscated from Palestinians during a tax protest

and allow a fact-finding mission to observe Israel’s

crackdown on the Palestinian uprising; vote: 14 to 1.


May 31, 1990


- Called for a fact-finding mission on

abuses against Palestinians in Israeli-occupied lands;

vote: 14 to 1.


May 17, 1995


- Declared invalid Israel’s expropriation

of land in East Jerusalem and in violation of Security

Council resolutions and the Fourth Geneva

convention; vote: 14 to 1.


March 7, 1997


- Called on Israel to refrain from

settlement activity and all other actions in the

occupied territories; vote:14 to 1.


March 21, 1997


- Demanded Israel cease

construction of the settlement Har Homa (called

Jabal Abu Ghneim by the Palestinians) in East

Jerusalem and cease all other settlement activity in

the occupied territories; vote: 13 to 1, with one



March 26, 2001


- Called for the deployment of a U.N.

observer force in the West Bank and Gaza;

vote: 9 to 1, with 4 abstentions.


Dec 14, 2001


- Condemned all acts of terror, the use of excessive force and destruction of properties and

encouraged establishment of a monitoring apparatus;

vote: 12-1, with 2 abstentions.


Dec 19, 2002


- Expressed deep concern over Israel’s

killing of U.N. employees and Israel’s destruction of

the U.N. World Food Program warehouse in Beit

Lahiya and demanded that Israel refrain from the

excessive and disproportionate use of force in the

occupied territories;

vote: 12 to 1, with 2 abstentions.


Sept 16, 2003


- Reaffirmed the illegality of deportation of any Palestinian and expressed

concern about the possible deportation of Yasser Arafat;

vote: 11 to 1, with 3 abstentions.


Oct 14, 2003


- Raised concerns about Israel’s building of a security fence through the occupied West Bank;

vote 10 to 1, with 4 abstentions.


March 25, 2004


- Condemned Israel for killing Palestinian spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin

in a missile attack in Gaza;

vote: 11 to 1, with 3 abstentions.


Oct 5, 2004


- Condemned Israel’s military incursion in Gaza, causing any civilian deaths and extensive

damage to property;

vote: 11 to 1, with 3 abstentions.





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