Jerusalem – ‘Eternal Capital of Palestine’ says Abbas

Editor’s Note – In a continued ploy to find ways to exert force on Israel, the UN upgraded the Palestinian Authority over the West Bank and Gaza when the PA acted unilaterally. This likely sets any peace agreement back and elevates the PA to use international pressure as it gains standing with international agencies. Again, its not about land or peace but the goal of eliminating Israel altogether.

To understand more precisely, Mahmoud Abbas declared that Jerusalem is its “Eternal Capital” – how’s that for a peace overture?

PA's Mahmoud Abbas at the UN

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday endorsed an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority, despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel.

The resolution elevates their status from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state,” the same category as the Vatican, which Palestinians hope will provide new leverage in their dealings with Israel.

Its leaders had been working with dozens of supporting nations to develop a formal draft, enlisting the backing of European countries such as France and Spain. The vote was 138 delegates in favor of the measure, nine against and 41 abstentions, including Germany. (Read the rest at CNN.)

From Aljazeera, the response by the people in Gaza and the West Bank:

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have celebrated the UN General Assembly vote accepting Palestine as a non-member observer state at the United Nations in New York. Nine countries voted against the Palestine upgrade, which was approved by the General Assembly with 138 votes on Thursday. Fourty-one countries abstained.

Voting “no” were Israel, the United States and Canada, joined by the Czech Republic, Panama and several Pacific island nations: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. The mood overnight on the streets of Ramallah was jubilant, but not all Palestinians believe that UN recognition will change anything on the ground.

Watch videos of the response in Ramallah and Gaza.

Meanwhile, Israel responds with sanctions:

Israel is retaliating for Thursday’s United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, announcing it will withhold $120 million in taxes and customs collected for the Palestinian Authority to pay debts to Israeli companies.

In a unanimous resolution passed Sunday, Israel’s Cabinet said it would not negotiate on the basis of the General Assembly’s recognition of a state of Palestine in the occupied West Bank,  East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

“The unilateral step taken by the Palestinians at the United Nations violates peace agreements,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, justifying Israel’s rejection of the U.N. vote. The only way to Palestinian statehood and peace is through direct negotiations with Israel, he said.

Abbas ‘Victory Speech’: Jerusalem ‘Eternal Capital of Palestine’

PA Chairman promises that someday the PA flag will fly over “Jerusalem, eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”

By Chana Ya’ar – Arutz Sheva

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Sunday promised someday the PAflag would fly over “Jerusalem, eternalcapital of the state of Palestine.”

Thousands of people greeted Abbas rapturously upon his return from the United Nations, where the GeneralAssembly granted the PLO, representing the PA, upgraded status as a nonmember observer state.

“Raise your heads high, because you are Palestinians!” Abbas told the joyous crowd, waving PA flags in the PA capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria.

“You have proof that you are stronger than the occupation, because you are Palestinians… stronger than the settlements, because you are Palestinians.

“We were threatened with punishment and sanctions from various sides,” Abbas continued, in a reference to attempts by the United States and Israel to dissuade him from proceeding with the application.

“And if we had listened to those threats we wouldn’t have gone to the U.N.

“One day, a young Palestinian will raise the Palestinian flag over Jerusalem,” he vowed, “the eternal capital of the state of Palestine!”

True Lebanese Nationals’ Statement on Syria

Editorial Note – Stand Up America enjoys the friendship and association with many great groups across the globe. One of the premier freedom loving groups is the Guardians of The Cedars led by Abu Arz AKA, Etienne Sacre.

True Lebanese peoples, those with roots that go back thousands of years, unlike the interlopers foisted upon them, seek to regain their national pride and return to the supreme beauty of its land, the peaceful gathering and living standards of its people, the abundance of its fine foods, the prestige of its capital, and the ouster of those who have wrecked hell upon all of these aspects that once earned their fair city the moniker “Paris of the Mediterranean”.

Please read their latest letter to all True Lebanese peoples, across the globe.

The Guardians of the Cedars Party – The Movement for Lebanese Nationalism issued the following message:

The Syrian people are to be commended for their astonishing resilience. They lose dozens of casualties every day – dead, wounded, and detained – but they do not retreat, they do not tire, and they do not falter, rushing to the squares and the streets day and night, defying the death machine with their live flesh, and the bullets with their chants. Their will is one: topple the regime, as they face one choice: either death or liberty. The regime has left no avenue unturned in its attempts to break the back of this revolution; yet, it is not broken and it has not quieted. Indeed, if anything, it has escalated in intensity and fire.

The world has not done justice yet to this stunning popular revolution, and it has not supported it as it deserves. The international community has merely stated positions that barely go beyond denunciation and condemnation, and has imposed a few economic sanctions that may hurt the people more than the regime, particularly since the latter has been quite adept at tricking and deceiving the international community since the era of Assad the father.

In contrast, and while the peoples of the region are rising against their rulers and marking historical feats of heroism to rid themselves of chronic dictatorships, we find the Lebanese people silent over their own plight and accepting of their dire reality, watching the uprisings but not rising up themselves, leaving the temple merchants bartering them like a commodity to be bought and sold in the political cattle market, as if stricken with the disease of resignation and apathy.

If the Syrian people have been reeling under one dictator who dominated them since the early 1970s, our people in Lebanon have been enduring several dictatorships that are by far more pernicious and dangerous and which have dominated their lives for many decades. Foremost among these dictatorships are the abject leaders that continue to grow and prosper at the expense of good leaders, leading people like herds of sheep that never question or complain. Second, the dictatorship of the religious sects and factions that have torn our people into warring tribes that prospered at the expense of unity and the supposedly secular state. Third, the dictatorship of political hereditary feudalism that transfers leadership from grandfathers and fathers to sons, grandsons and sons-in-law to the detriment of competence and merit. Fourth, the dictatorship of moral and social decay, and administrative and political corruption that are rampant throughout Lebanese life and that continue to drive people to disgust and despair. And fifth, the dictatorship of subservience and national treason whereby the allegiance of Lebanese leaders to outside powers is now the norm and the rule. Indeed, each of these dictatorships requires more than an uprising to eradicate it from the root, beginning with the dictatorship of apathy, despair, and resignation, against which our people must first rise before targeting the other dictatorships.

In the context of the subservience of the political leaders to outside powers, it is imperative to denounce those who are fighting the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for no other reason but to gain the favors of their masters. In their desire to please their masters, they become more royalist than the king himself.

These fake leaders who are beholden to the outside are responsible for bringing Lebanon to this abyss of political disgrace and moral turpitude. To evict them, the Lebanese must first awaken from their slumber. But when will they do so?

Lebanon, at your service,

Etienne Sacre – Abu Arz