Commentary and Newsletters

Anne Bayefsky

"Palestine" at the UN Sports Emblem with no Israel

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This article by Anne Bayefsky appears on The Weekly Standard.

The logo of "the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations" on their website and on top of their official statements at the U.N. shows the Palestinian Authority's claim to a Palestine that stretches throughout the entire historical entity of the former Palestine mandate.

Absent from the logo is any hint that Palestine consists of anything other than Arab territory. No nod is given even to the U.N.'s 1948 decision to divide the region into Jewish and Arab sectors.

As for the shape of Israel by the time it was forced into waging the defensive Six Day war in 1967: irrelevant.

The logo illustrates that the Palestinian bid before the U.N. for support of a unilateral declaration of statehood is disingenuous and dangerous.

There is not too much left to the imagination here: Israel is "wiped off the map."

Lest anyone believe that the map is a temporary phenomenon, pending a successful Palestinian U.N. statehood gambit, the memo appearing on the Palestine U.N. mission website makes it clear this is not the case. The memo is a response to legal opinions advising the Palestinians that the status of the Palestinian Liberation Organization is at risk if their U.N. move succeeds. The response: The PLO will continue to be "the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people as a whole." Along with their no-Israel emblem.

As the Palestinians seek statehood status from the United Nations, they claim to be interested in peace. But the logo reveals a more sinister goal: Palestinian unilateral statehood efforts go hand-in-hand with a desire by the rulers of such a state to champion the continued rejection of the Jewish state, Israel. That's what the U.N. with its automatic majority of Muslim countries and their undemocratic allies is being asked to endorse.