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The most important thing you will never hear about last week`s UN resolution

This is a guest post by Aron White.

The discussion and analysis of Resolution 2334, passed by the Security Council last week, is still continuing in earnest. But in all the coverage of the resolution and its aftermath in the media, there is one central point – maybe in fact, the most central point – that has not been mentioned and it is actually just one photo. I would argue however, that without mentioning this photo, no media outlet can truly have claimed to have presented the full story of Resolution 2334 and its meaning.


This image (captured by Palestinian Media Watch) is from the Facebook page of Fatah; the party of Mahmoud Abbas. Posted a day after the resolution, the words at the top of the image say “Thank you!” and then it lists the fourteen countries who voted for resolution 2334. In the centre of the picture is the Palestine shaped knife stabbing the word “settlement” with blood pouring from it.

This reaction to resolution 2334 is not praise or condemnation, but incitement of the most explicit type – a call to people to stab and attack settlers and settlements. And it comes not from a fringe extremist, but from the party of the President of the Palestinian Authority himself.

This was not widely reported – just as many other instances of Palestinian incitement are not reported – but to ignore it is to ignore a crucial piece of the jigsaw. Focusing on it helps understand the difference between Western and Palestinian views of the conflict. Whereas Samantha Power, in her speech after the American abstention at the vote, spoke of a desire to see two states next to each other in peace and security, this cartoon speaks of a desire to attack and harm settlers. For the USA, resolution 2334 was about securing the prospects of a two state solution. This cartoon implies that the Palestinians see resolution 2334 as supporting their right to violence – and rather than pushing them to coexistence – it makes them emboldened in radical positions.

The fact that such a cartoon goes unmentioned in UK media is also jarring considering the level of incitement that is considered newsworthy if it comes from an Israeli politician. Netanyahu`s comments about ‘the Arabs voting in droves’ still are mentioned frequently, a year and a half after they happened – yet surely a call to murder settlers is far worse than playing the race card in an election?

The extent and depth of Palestinian incitement is a significant piece of any understanding of the Arab Israeli conflict; one that is not focused on enough and which was missed once again last week. The veneration of martyrs, financial support for terrorists and spreading of incitement via pictures and music do not go away just because Western ears don’t want to read or hear about them. Until the Palestinians are challenged on these issues, they will not change their approach and will remain more hardline in their position – harming both Israel and themselves.

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  1. I am not surprised at all that the Western media does not mention anything about the cause for the negotiations and lack of peace in the ME. What we should have heard and read from Israeli politicians and our representatives at the UN is that the most central and crucial points which have not been mentioned is that:

    No UN resolution can override Israel’s existing legal rights and title of sovereignty over any region of the Land of Israel based on the following earlier acts of International Law: The Jan Smuts Resolution of January 30, 1919, Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, including the Treaty of Versailles of June 28, 1919, the San Remo Resolution of April 25, 1920, the Mandate for Palestine as confirmed on July 24, 1922 and the Franco-British Convention of December 23, 1920, all of which recognized the historical connection of the Jewish People with the Land of Israel.

    The Arabs have already received their lands under the Mandate system. It does not include “Palestine”.

  2. Spot on.However, I take exception to one thing: the use of the terms “settler” and “settlement.” A Jew whose family has never left Judea and Samaria is still termed a “settler” and places like Kiryat Arba are also called “settlements.” For the unfamiliar, Kiryat Arba had been established thousands of years before Arabs settled in the area.

    Also, many use those terms to differentiate between Jewish communities on either side of the Green Line. However, for Palestinian radicals all Jews living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea are “settlers.”

  3. I don’t believe the Palestinians have any desire towards any form of “peace” that does not involve their “Final Solution” to the Jewish and Israeli “problem”. Over the past year, history has been rewritten to excise Judaism and Christianity from the Middle East and Israel in particular.

    • I don’t believe the Palestinians have any desire towards any form of “peace” that does not involve their “Final Solution” to the Jewish and Israeli “problem”.

      I agree. It is a serious failure of Israeli governments that the above point is not recognised by many foreign players in the Middle East.

      Mentioning that or anything pertaining to the sanctity of ‘Muslim Land’ in The Guardian is always moderated out.

  4. We should not be surprised…Zecharia 14 has given us plenty of warning, lets pray that the light at the end of the tunnel ( Trump ) doesn’t turn out to be another train coming.