"What is even more outrageous, is that Israel is doing exactly what it called the Palestinians out for doing when they went to the UN: Unilateralism. What could be more unilateral than announcing settlement construction on a main stretch of land deep in the West Bank that is considered the last chance for a contiguous Palestinian state?"
Mairav Zonszein, 972 Mag

Haniyeh: Hamas will not back UN bid, support statehood →

GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas on Sunday said it would not back a UN membership bid, and warned that no Palestinian leader had a mandate to sacrifice fundamental Palestinian rights.

Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, speaking in Gaza, said the group also continued to support the establishment of a Palestinian state on any part of “historical Palestine” but would not seek to disrupt the UN bid.

His comments came as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas heads to New York to submit a formal bid for UN membership for a Palestinian state on the lines that existed before the 1967 Six Day War.

Interesting piece not sure if I'm sold: At the UN, the funeral of the two-state solution →

by Ilan Pappe/OPINION 12 September 2011

We are all going to be invited to the funeral of the two-state solution if and when the UN General Assembly announces the acceptance of Palestine as a member state.

The support of the vast majority of the organization’s members would complete a cycle that began in 1967 and which granted the ill-advised two-state solution the backing of every powerful and less powerful actor on the international and regional stages.

Even inside Israel, the support engulfed eventually the right as well as the left and center of Zionist politics. And yet despite the previous and future support, everybody inside and outside Palestine seems to concede that the occupation will continue and that even in the best of all scenarios, there will be a greater and racist Israel next to a fragmented and useless bantustan.

The charade will end in September or October — when the Palestinian Authority plans to submit its request for UN membership as a full member — in one of two ways.

It could be either painful and violent, if Israel continues to enjoy international immunity and is allowed to finalize by sheer brutal force its mapping of post-Oslo Palestine. Or it could end in a revolutionary and much more peaceful way with the gradual replacement of the old fabrications with solid new truths about peace and reconciliation for Palestine. Or perhaps the first scenario is an unfortunate precondition for the second. Time will tell.

A substitute dictionary for Zionism

In ancient times, the dead were buried with their beloved artifacts and belongings. This coming funeral will probably follow a similar ritual. The most important item to go six feet under is the dictionary of illusion and deception and its famous entries such as “the peace process,” “the only democracy in the Middle East,” “a peace-loving nation,” “parity and reciprocity” and a “humane solution to the refugee problem.”

The substitute dictionary has been in the making for many years describing Zionism as colonialism, Israel as an apartheid state and the Nakba as ethnic cleansing. It will be much easier to put it into common use after September.

The maps of the dead solution will also be lying next to the body. The cartography that diminished Palestine into one tenth of its historical self, and which was presented as a map of peace, will hopefully be gone forever.

There is no need to prepare an alternative map. Since 1967, the geography of the conflict has never changed in reality, while it kept constantly transforming in the discourse of liberal Zionist politicians, journalists and academics, who still enjoy today a widespread international backing.

"It’s a unilateral action by Abbas, just like Oslo was unilateral," he said, referring to the 1993 Oslo Accords. "Whether they go to the Security Council or the General Assembly, it makes no difference to us."
Salah Bardawil, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, criticised the UN bid, saying that Abbas has not consulted with Hamas about it.

Abbas: UN bid for recognition not meant to delegitimize Israel →

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that going to the UN to achieve recognition of a Palestinian state did not conflict with the goals of the peace process.

The move is not aimed at isolating Israel or delegitimizing it, he said during a meeting with a delegation of US lawmakers headed by representative Steny Hoyer in Ramallah.

Instead, it would solidify the two-state solution and send an encouraging message in the event Israel became ready to return to serious talks, Abbas said, according to the official news agency Wafa.

The president affirmed that the “first, second and third Palestinian option is establishing a Palestinian state through talks,” affirming the need to stop settlement in all its forms, WAFA reported.

The president and Hoyer’s delegation discussed the leadership in Ramallah’s commitment to achieving a solution to the conflict based on a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and free of settlements, Wafa reported.

After the meeting, the president’s political advisor Nimir Hamad said the delegation “asked a number of questions related to Israel as a Jewish state, refugees and national unity.

"President Abbas reiterated the Palestinian stance, which is well known, on all these issues."

He added: “President Abbas is a man of peace who speaks with a credible voice. Anyone listening to him would be convinced of the rightness of the Palestinian cause, exposing Israel’s false and intensive propaganda regarding the Palestinian stance.”