Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : The UN General Assembly adopted yet another resolution demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupies Syrian Golan Heights in line with the resolution of June 4, 1967. However, UN General Assembly resolutions are non-binding and no more than a paper tiger without a unanimous decision by permanent UN Security Council members to enforce them; A highly unlikely prospect.
In its latest resolution, the UN General Assembly again condemned Israelâ€™s non-compliance with UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 497 (1981). Â The General Assembly reiterated that Israelâ€™s decision from December 14, 1981, to impose Israeli laws, administration and custody on the occupies Syrian Golan Heights is null and void, and has no legality at all.
The latest UNGA resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority of UN member States. The resolution reaffirmed the illegality of acquiring territories through the use of military force. The General Assembly also reiterated that Israelâ€™s continued occupation and enforcement of Israeli law and administration violates international law, the UN Charter and the Geneva Conventionâ€™s principlesÂ on the protection of civilians during war.
During the UNGA session, a number of statesÂ condemned the Israeli practices in the occupiedÂ Syrian Golan, calling on Israel to withdraw fromÂ Golan into the line of June 4th, 1967. 37 statesÂ proposed the now adoptedÂ draft resolution.
However, UNGA resolutions are non-binding, and no more than a paper tiger without the permanent Security Council memberâ€™s will to put the money where their mouth was, when they adopted UNSC Resolution 497 (1981) â€“ decades ago.
Moreover, non of the permanent UNSC members, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States of America has taken any tangible steps when now former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor LiebermanÂ defiantly declared that â€śIsrael and the Golan are part and parcelâ€ť and that â€śthe international community should get used to facing the fact that Israel will permanently annex the Syrian territoryâ€ś.
The most favorite scapegoat among permanent UNSC members with regard to supporting Israel and neglecting Israelâ€™s illegal occupation of the Golan is the United States. However, Russia is in no way more actively pursuing Israelâ€™s adherence with UNSC Resolution 497 (1981) than any other of the self-anointed permanent UNSC members. In April 2016 Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin were ominously silent about the Golan when Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow. Russia failed to respond to what Netanyahu had declared â€śa red lineâ€ť â€“ the occupation of the Golan.
A brief review of recent history pertaining the Israeli occupation, international affairs and Israelâ€™s use of the Golan to wage war on Syria will suffice to show that the UN System has failed, utterly, and that it has perverted to the point that many analysts call for abolishing the UN altogether.
In June 2013, an Austrian UN Disengagement and Observer Force (UNDOF) officer told the press that Israel is running a joint operations room with insurgents in Syria in the Golan. The UNSC failed to respond and more importantly, failed to take action. In July 2013 the Syrian permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Fayssal al-Hamwi, stressed, that Israel, since it occupied the Syrian Golan Highs in 1967, has displaced about half a million of the GolanÂ´s original inhabitants.
Also, in February 2014, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu preempted a public relations quagmire by visiting a field hospital for â€śSyrian Freedom Fightersâ€ť in the Golan to show how much Israel cares and does on the humanitarian front. It turned out the â€śFreedom Fightersâ€ť belonged to the Syrian Al-Qaeda franchise Jabhat al-Nusra.
In March 2014, Israel launched one of may military attacks against Syrian military and security forces from the Golan while the UNSC and most media were â€śsilentâ€ť.
In April 2014, The Director of Israelâ€™s Military Intelligence, Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi, a protegĂ© of the now deceased Ariel Sharon, was appointed to head the Israeli Defense Forces Northern Command. nsnbc international editor-in-chief Christof Lehmann reported that the appointment of Kochavi indicated that Israel is planning larger-scale military operations via the Golan in the near future and the widening of the war in Syria. Lehmann was right on the money.
In May 2014, Israel denied Syrians in the Golan the right to participate in Syrian elections. The UN was â€śsilentâ€ť.Â In mid-April 2016, ahead of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed the Israel would hold on to the Golan.
In September 2014, Israeli machinations resulted in the displacement of UNDOF troops from a 12 â€“Â 16 kilometer-wide corridor in the disengagement zone in the Golan by Jabhat Al-Nusra.. The corridor has since been used to supply Al-Nusra and other terrorists and to launch attacks against Syria. (see map).
All permanent UNSC members with the exception of Russia were â€śsilentâ€ť. Russian diplomats tentatively spoke out against terminating the peace keeping mission in the Golan. The UNSC failed to take action.
In 2015, it transpired that Israel planned a major hydrocarbon extraction project in the Golan. Partners in crime include Genier Energy. On the board of directors,Â Dick Cheney, James Woolsey, Bill Richardson,Â Jacob Lord Rothschild, Rupert Murdoch, Larry Summers and Michael Steinhardt, among others.
On April 20, 2016, nsnbc international editor-in-chief Christof Lehmann noted that Netanyahuâ€™s â€śRed Lineâ€ť would be a litmus test for Russia as permanent UNSC member. On April 21, following talks between Putin and Netanyahu in Moscow, it could be concluded that Russia had failed, spectacularly.
In September 2016, Israel started a wave of home demolitions in the Golan, the UNSC was â€śsilentâ€ť.Â Â In October 2016 Israel announced plans to build 1,600 settlement units in the Golan, non of the permanent UNSC members took action. So much to the latest of the UN General Assemblyâ€™s paper tigers.
F/AK â€“ nsnbc 02.11.2016
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.