I'm reading the (Arabic) statement that Mahmoud Abbas gave to the UN, and it is filled with the usual lies.
But he added a new one, which is breathtaking in its chutzpah.
Abbas claims that Israel violated the UNGA resolution 181 that called for a partition of British Mandate Palestine.
The partition resolution was accepted by the Zionist leadership and rejected by the Arabs, who immediately started murdering Jewish civilians within hours of the vote.
Abbas quotes paragraph C of the resolution, which says "The Security Council determine as a threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression, in accordance with Article 39 of the Charter, any attempt to alter by force the settlement envisaged by this resolution."
Yes, the Arabs of Palestine in 1947 immediately took up arms to destroy any chance of a Jewish state emerging - and now Abbas claims that the Jews were the aggressors who scuttled the resolution!
And then he says that "Israeli forces control more than they have been allocated, a clear violation of the terms of 39, 41 and 42 of the Charter of the United Nations."
He's not talking about the 1949 armistice lines (the so-called "1967 border") - he is saying that Israel is violating the UN Charter by occupying land past the partition lines - lines that never had any legal validity!
And it was his fellow Palestinians who violated Resolution 181 and didn't accept the idea of a Jewish state that it specified - and still doesn't!
I don't believe that I have mistranslated this. Abbas is turning history on its head and lying as easily as he breathes.
As usual, no reporter is calling him on this unbelievable display of gall and lying.
UPDATE: My translation was correct. Here is what Abbas said in the official translation:
In addition, Israel, since 1948, has persisted with its contempt for intemational legitimacy by violating United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 (II), the partition resolution, which called for the establishment of two States on the historic land of Palestine according to a specific partition plan. Israeli forces seized more land than that allotted to Israel, constituting a grave breach of Articles 39, 41 and 42 of the United Nations Charter. In the preamble of resolution 181 (II), paragraph (c) clearly states: "The Security Council determine as a threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression, in accordance with Article 39 of the Charter, any attempt to alter byThe 1968 PLO National Charter - which has never been rescinded - explicitly repudiates UNGA 181:
force the settlement envisaged by this resolution".
Regrettably, however, the Security Council is not upholding its responsibilities to hold Israel accountable for its seizure of the territory allotted to the Palestinian State according to the partition resolution. I appeal to you read this resolution once again.
Article 19: The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time, because they were contrary to the will of the Palestinian people and to their natural right in their homeland, and inconsistent with the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, particularly the right to self-determination.Unreal.