The United Nations has released another compromised statement from Ban Ki-moon, depicting the organisation’s adherence to supporting the fragmentation of Palestine by amalgamating the concept of peace with the formation of a new, allegedly unifying Palestinian government; that has endorsed 1967 to the absolute exclusion of 1948.
Following the announcement of the new government by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “The United Nations has long underscored the need for progress towards Palestinian unity in line with the existing resolutions.” He welcomed assurances that the deal would be implemented on the basis of previous commitments such as the recognition of Israel and non-violence.
According to the statement, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to discuss UN support for the “reunification” of the West Bank and Gaza, “in line with the unity deal, under one legitimate Palestinian Authority.”
The rhetoric is compatible not only with the fictional unity government that ceded the legitimacy of resistance, but also with decades of imperialist-supported colonising achievements that have rendered Palestine’s fragmentation an irreversible reality. Since the opportunity for reconciliation to occur within a resistance framework has been compromised beyond recognition, the UN secretary-general’s statement merely reinforces a continuous agenda of usurpation endorsed by Palestinian leaders and the international community, with the ultimate aim of ensuring the prevalence of Israel’s settler-colonial state.
Considering the willing complicity exhibited by the international community to safeguard Israel’s international law violations, the UN’s enthusiasm should raise considerable caution and suspicion. Implicit within the message is the reaffirmation that the UN will not advocate for the dismantling of settler-colonialism. Rather, it will support any initiative that smothers Palestinian resistance, despite the various mentions in the organisation’s charters. Diminishing the importance of resistance at an international level reveals a widespread complicity for domination that is being steadily incorporated by Palestinian leaders in their destructive ambition to gain disputed legitimacy from the oppressors.
In accordance with external interference, Palestinian leaders have relinquished resistance, despite rhetoric stating otherwise. Former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said: “We handed over the government on the basis of Palestinian principles, including commitment to the liberation of the Palestinian lands and prisoners, as well as serving the Palestinian people.” The modifications exposed in this brief are tantamount to a gradual betrayal that leaves Palestinians with hardly any alternative, if one considers the manner in which resistance factions have, in one way or another, gradually tarnished Palestinian narratives by outright repudiation, vague discourse that lends itself to commemorative history and the incorporation of mainstream terminology to reinvent Palestinian history according to international impositions.
Currently, the UN is probably applauding itself in generating yet another subjugated political entity committed to disseminating its fables about the viability and fairness of the two-state solution. Possibly, the new conglomeration of collaborators lives in oblivion of the fact that beyond the confines of diplomatic surrender, Palestinian memory sustained by the people refuses to be conquered.
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