Israel & Palestine on Same Page at UN Condemning Libya Violence

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This is a guest note by Mark Leon Goldberg, Managing Editor of UN Dispatch, where this piece originally ran.
Leave it to Muammar Qaddafi to bring together the Israelis and Palestinians at the United Nations.
I have just obtained the copy of a draft resolution from the Human Rights Council that strongly condemns the violence in Libya. The resolution is as strongly worded as they come. But what is more significant than the substance of the resolution is the broad support that it has attracted by a diverse set of members.
Check this out (full pdf):

You’ll also note that Qatar and Tunisia co-signed.
As it happens, Libya is on the Human Rights Council right now. But given the broad support for this resolution, I can’t imagine that they will last much longer. (A two-thirds vote of the General Assembly is required to boot a member from the Human Rights Council.)
Very interesting times. And a situation like this demonstrates the value of the Human Rights Council — it can be used to show the cruel Libyan regime just how united the world is against it.
We’ve joined many concerned members of the Human Rights Council in supporting this session,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Suzanne Nossel tells me over email, “It is significant that the international community will speak with one voice in condemning the violence.”

– Mark Leon Goldberg

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31 comments on “Israel & Palestine on Same Page at UN Condemning Libya Violence

  1. Breast Enlargement says:

    The problem is we might spend billions on creating a democracy in libya and the people could change it to a autocracy or a democracy with completely different values to our own. Sure we should take Gaddafi down. It should be the people of Libya who do it so people know despotism has been beaten in the county and there’s no reason to have another “strong” leader.

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  2. Cee says:

    From Glenn Greenwald
    Why would a clause be inserted to expressly protect war crimes-committing mercenaries on Gadaffi’s payroll from international prosecutions? Because, as The Telegraph’s John Swaine reports, the Obama administration insisted on its inclusion — as an absolutely non-negotiable demand — due to a fear that its exclusion might render Bush officials (or, ultimately, even Obama officials) subject to war crimes prosecutions at the ICC on the same theory that would be used to hold Libya’s mercenaries accountable:
    [T]he US insisted that the UN resolution was worded so that no one from an outside country that is not a member of the ICC could be prosecuted for their actions in Libya.
    This means that mercenaries from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia and Tunisia — which have all been named by rebel Libyan diplomats to the UN as being among the countries involved — would escape prosecution even if they were captured, because their nations are not members of the court.
    The move was seen as an attempt to prevent a precedent that could see Americans prosecuted by the ICC for alleged crimes in other conflicts. While the US was once among the signatories to the court, George W. Bush withdrew from it in 2002 and declared that it did not have power over Washington. . . . It was inserted despite Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, saying that all those “who slaughter civilians” would “be held personally accountable”.
    Speaking to reporters outside the council chamber, Gerard Araud, the French UN ambassador, described the paragraph as “a red line for the United States”, meaning American diplomats had been ordered by their bosses in Washington to secure it. “It was a deal-breaker, and that’s the reason we accepted this text to have the unanimity of the council,” said Mr Araud.
    This report notes that Araud blamed the Obama administration’s demand on “parliamentary constraints” — implying that Obama officials believed inclusion of this provision was the only way to induce Congress to approve and implement it. There’s no evidence that this is the case, but whatever the motives, here we have yet another episode where the U.S. exempts itself from standards it purports to impose on the rest of the world: in this case going so far as to allow murderous mercenaries to go unpunished all in service of this administration’s overarching, compulsive goal of ensuring that America’s own accused war criminals are never held accountable or even required to have their actions subjected to legal scrutiny. This is the sort of gross, credibility-destroying hypocrisy that escapes notice by America’s media but not by anyone else’s.

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  3. Cee says:

    SAS ‘Blades’ rescue 150: Crack team of commandos snatch terrified Britons from desert nightmare in war-torn Libya
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    SAS has staged a dramatic evacuation of 150 civilian workers from the Libyan desert.
    How long have they been there?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361008/Libya-protests-SAS-Blades-rescue-150-terrified-Britons-desert-nightmare.html
    The Special Forces soldiers landed in two C130 Hercules military transport aircraft on a landing strip near remote oilfields south of the eastern port of Benghazi.
    The SAS men

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  4. Paul Norheim says:

    “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Libya’s ambassador to the United States on Saturday threw his weight behind a caretaker
    government formed by former Libyan justice minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil.
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s grip on power appeared ever more tenuous as his police abandoned parts of the
    capital Tripoli in the face of a popular revolt that followed uprisings that have toppled authoritarian rulers in Tunisia
    and Egypt.
    The Quryna newspaper’s online edition reported on Saturday that Abud Ajleil had led the formation of an interim
    government based in Benghazi, Libya’s second city, in the eastern part of the country now largely free of Gaddafi’s
    control.
    “I am supporting the new temporary government which was formed by … Mustafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil,” Libyan
    Ambassador Ali Aujali, who this week broke with Gaddafi, told Reuters.
    “We want to support this … caretaker government until the liberation of all of Libya, which I hope will happen very
    soon,” he added.”
    More here:
    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/02/26/world/africa/international-us-libya-usa-ambassador.html?_r=1&hp

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  5. JohnH says:

    Having trouble with your numbers, Nadine? “Defense-related expenditures outside of the Department of Defense constitute between $319 billion and $654 billion in additional spending, bringing the total for defense spending to between $1.01 and $1.35 trillion in fiscal year 2010.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States
    So you see, if you cut military and MILITARY RELATED spending by half, the US would still spend more than the rest of the world COMBINED.
    And it would go a long way to cutting the federal discretionary budget deficit.
    So, Nadine, what is your solution? Throwing sick, old people out on the street? (This is the third time I’ve asked that question and you refuse to answer–probably because you have no constructive solution.)

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  6. Cee says:

    Firing from ambulances
    Hmmm…I’ve heard that accusation before. Didn’t believe it then. Don’t now.
    Questions,
    I’ve been telling friends for years that they needed to prepare for lean times.
    I’m quite comfortable with my home thermostat at 62 and have been for years. My Am-Staf terrier wasn’t crazy about it but after a year he didn’t need the sweater any longer.
    The utility company actually came to my home to ask a neighbor if I replaced my gas meter because they didn’t believe the reading!!
    Adjust folks!
    Cha-ching!

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  7. questions says:

    No comment…
    “BAGHDAD

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  8. questions says:

    Libya is getting worse…. Firing from ambulances, dumping bodies to hide the death toll….
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/world/africa/27libya.html?hp
    And Yemen’s ruling party is breaking up….
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/world/middleeast/27yemen.html?hp

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  9. JohnH says:

    No Nadine, I stand by my numbers. Social Security and Medicare are roughly in balance. Discretionary spending, which is mostly military and military RELATED spending (DOE nuke program, etc) is what causes the $1.5 Trillion deficit. So cutting military and MILITARY RELATED spending in half would still leave the brass and their merchants of death with $400-500 Billion of toys each year.
    Here’s one study on the revenue potential of the STET tax:
    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:FHD38NXa-_oJ:www.cpegonline.org/workingpapers/CPEGWP2010-2.pdf+tobin+tax+revenue+potential&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgi8QP3lpvjy0uY4iKj-FxF-P4wSiwE_mO8F1YVxpyxDwoFNE5SG0uDd2zqPGCSqVThKSiUUhb0Aib8pPDWjzATFTdCZCbcT2uJ9y2NLkbUhNg06V6Wbqyi0c52fOlQZyfnNVIU&sig=AHIEtbRg_2yJFO935vk625TOrEjlP2o8Kw
    Another study showing $200 billion for the Tobin tax:
    http://www.aislingmagazine.com/aislingmagazine/articles/TAM30/JohnDillon.html
    So Nadine, what’s your proposal–making the elderly starve, sick in the streets? It’s what the proponents of cutting Social Security and Medicare are actually proposing.
    How about telling us how you propose to fund your pointless wars? Obviously the wealthy are not interested in these wars, because they refuse to pay for them.

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  10. Cee says:

    A year and a half ago, an Israel Navy submarine crossed the Suez Canal to the Red Sea, where it conducted an exercise, reflecting the strategic cooperation between Israel and Egypt, aimed at sending a message of deterrence to Iran. Just one week after the fall of Mubarak, the canal is being used to deliver a message of deterrence

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  11. Cee says:

    How in the HELL do we spell Muammar’s name?
    Anyway RC, he has a reason to be paranoid.
    NFSL(National Front for he Salvation of Libya), a US backed terrorist group formed in 1981 with US aid:
    Assassinations
    Libya, 84 In may 84 15 gunmen attacked the residence of col. Qadhafi. A Sudan-based group called the national libya salvation front claimed
    Responsibility for the attack. Nair, k. (1986). Devil and his dart 98
    Libya, 84 The cia backed, trained and continues to support the exile group that tried to assassinate qaddafi in 84. The plot failed and qaddafi executed a number of the group. The cia-backed group is called the national
    Front for the salvation of libya (nfsl) and is led by gen youssef
    Magarieff. The saudis have provided $7 million to the nfsl. Cia agents
    Advised nfsl leaders and trained their recruits in western europe, sudan
    And morocco. Jack anderson washington post 6/12/85
    http://www.acorn.net/jfkplace/03/Test-CIA/LIBYA
    Libyan opposition literally running protests from Washington.
    Please note the

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  12. JohnH says:

    A STET tax and a Tobin tax could be expected to generate $150-200 billion each. Letting Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy lapse: $150 billion.
    So far I’ve identified $450-550 billion in annual revenue. This would cut the deficit by a third of the current $1.5 trillion.
    Social Security and Medicare revenues continue to roughly cover outlays, so they would not be touched. But the discretionary budget continues to generate a deficit of $1 trillion. The majority of the discretionary budget is consumed by military and military related spending. Cutting military spending in half would generate another $400-500 billion and leave the US with the world’s most expensive military by far.
    This would leave a $500 billion deficit–3% of GDP–which is acceptable. Plus it would go away as the economy recovers.
    So, Nadine, how do you propose cutting the deficit–making the elderly homeless and letting them die prematurely?
    BTW–until you’ve solved the discretionary budget deficit, it’s pointless to talk about Social Security and Medicare, since their revenues cover their outlays.

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  13. Paul Norheim says:

    Hugo Chavez still supports the Libyan mass murderer:
    “12.09: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tweets: “Long live Libya
    and its independence! Gaddafi faces a civil war!””

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  14. Paul Norheim says:

    If the founding fathers are watching the American approach to the spectacle in
    the Middle East from above, I’m sure they’ll appreciate the irony of this historical
    moment – The White House supporting the kings while abandoning the
    presidents in the region:
    “The United States has sent out senior diplomats in recent days to offer the
    monarchs reassurance and advice

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  15. JohnH says:

    But Nadine, nobody’s asking to plunder the wealthy. We only want them to pay their fair share and for the havoc they’ve wreaked on the US economy.
    Let’s start with Wall Street. A minuscule transaction tax on stock trades (a STET tax) along with a similar tax on foreign currency transactions (Tobin Tax) would go a long way towards solving the budget deficit. Plus, such taxes would help control speculation.
    Best of all, a STET tax would not be bad for stock markets. The UK, home to a major stock exchange, currently has a STET tax. Their market has thrived even with a STET tax. The US also had a STET tax from 1914 to 1966.
    A STET tax and a Tobin tax are exceptionally good ways to help bring the deficit back under control.

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  16. rc says:

    “Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has told state TV that Osama Bin Laden and his followers are to blame for the protests racking his country.”
    (BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12570279 )
    Seems His Madness is as crazy as GWBush who also saw a ‘bin Laden’ behind every corner.

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  17. questions says:

    Another great Rortybomb piece — this, a must-read about Walker’s plan to Republicanize Wisconsin government:
    http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/walkers-budget-plan-is-a-three-part-roadmap-for-conservative-state-governance/

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  18. questions says:

    Wisconsin is solved!!!! Hallelujah!!!!!!!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/25/us/25inmates.html?hp
    “Prison labor

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  19. questions says:

    DonS, this comment was in reference to the way that this story has broken.
    There was a kos piece on the sales provision in the legislation and it made a big deal about uncompetitive bids for energy producing plants.
    Then I linked later to a TPM debunking piece that noted that the “plants” are really small-bore things like university campus heating systems that are in horrible condition and need massive and expensive renovation, and that it’s just a Republican thing to think that the state shouldn’t own any power generation plants at all.
    THEN this one above that says, wait, it’s not sales, it’s LEASES at outrageous cost to the state, all to benefit cronies.
    So I don’t know what’s what with the whole provision in the budget. Except that any non-competitive bid process is subject to corruption! Which isn’t even possible for Republicans, apparently. Only dems are corrupt!

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  20. DonS says:

    “Good lord I have no idea how to read this one!”
    Oh, come on questions, you do to have an idea.
    They want it ALL, and they have no ethics or shame. The middle class must be stomped out, sacrificed on the altar of rogue capitalism. Some of their foot soldiers may be ‘sincere’, and maybe even the big boys are ‘sincere’. But sincerity in the service of immoral policy doesn’t make it any less immoral. And let’s not go all equivocal on immorality — burning out viability of the lower 95% of the population needs little explanation.

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  21. questions says:

    And the Kochtopus rides again????
    Good lord I have no idea how to read this one!
    Read it yourself and we’ll all wait til the smoke clears (is that a civil enough image??)
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/24/949193/-What-You-MUST-Know-About-Wisconsin-Power-Plants-and-the-Koch-Brothers

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  22. questions says:

    Well, this is interesting if substantiated…..
    “A 20-year-old Saudi man living in Texas was arrested Wednesday and charged with the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment used to make an improvised explosive device (IED).
    Federal authorities say that Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari wrote an e-mail to himself listing the Dallas address of former President George W. Bush as the “Tyrant’s House” ……”
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/feds_saudi_man_in_texas_planned_attack_on_george_w_bushs_home.php?ref=fpa
    WaPo has a breaking headline, no text attached yet.

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  23. JohnH says:

    The media is all abuzz about Qadhafi killing a thousand civilians in Libya. But where was official Washington and their sycophantic media when Israel was killing a thousand Palestinian civilians in Gaza two years ago? Or in Lebanon 5 years ago? Barack “no change” Obama was silent about all that pointless carnage.
    Let’s face it, Qadhafi is not the only brutal thug in the ME. He’s just not OUR brutal thug…

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  24. downtown says:

    Europeans and Americans seem to be more concerned about the effects on oil prices and the potential stream of refugees hitting Europe than the atrocities being committed by Khadafy. The tepid declarations coming from Washington and some European Capitals leave the impression that this popular uprising of the Libyan people seems to occur at an inopportune moment, jeopardizing global economic recovery.

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  25. Paul Norheim says:

    “1153: The BBC’s Alastair Leithead in Cairo sums up the
    situation so far: Col Gaddafi no longer controls much of the
    east, around Benghazi, but Tripoli is clearly still held by pro-
    Gaddafi forces. It’s hard to imagine how the capital would fall,
    or Colonel Gaddafi be forced from office, when he still has a
    well-armed and loyal core of troops who have proved they will
    kill to stifle dissent.
    1122: Al-Jazeera has been broadcasting live from Bayda,
    eastern Libya, covering what it says is a meeting of tribal
    notables and political figures gathered to oppose Col Gaddafi’s
    regime, reports the BBC World Service’s Arabic service. They
    include Col Gaddafi’s former justice minister who recently
    resigned. The general theme of the gathering is to emphasize
    Libyan unity, reject talk of competing tribal loyalties, and stress
    opposition to Col Gaddafi. People frequently break into
    applause and loud chants of “Tripoli is the capital, Tripoli is the
    capital” and “Libya, Libya”. The podium is draped in the former
    Libyan flag (dating back to the days of the Libyan monarchy).”
    (from BBC’s live blog)
    I think this increases the danger of a civil war.

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  26. rc says:

    With a touch of paint, Qaddafi would have to be in the running as a replacement for Heath Ledger’s Joker!
    http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTG1yikQYCWTPDJdA7rz2QcYhpHOI1Qze97L942umJHLk3uHM2B&t=1

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  27. Martha Nakajima says:

    “From the halls of Montezuma…” Does anyone know whether the Tripoli in the Marine song is the one in Libya or Lebanon? In any case it shows a charming new face of US foreign policy that the administration has chartered a ferry to evacuate the embassy staff and other Americans. According to CNN the ferry is blocked in the port of Tripoli by bad weather but all on board are safe. Even Portugal sent in a military plane to pick up its nationals. A generation ago the US marines would have been there.

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  28. Stoft says:

    An extremely simple triple-point score: Using a drone, take out the antenna jamming Aljazeera from Tripoli. Aljazeera has said where it is. Make it public. We get great press from Aljazeera direct to the entire Arab public. A coup against Al Qaeda. And Aljazeera is the most potent info source working against Qaddafi — much more than facebook.
    This also sends a message to Qaddafi — your radio and TV are next, and then who knows what. We could even issue a warning before the strike so no one gets hurt. They can’t stop us. We are not even interfering in the Arab world — just helping Aljazeera. Far milder than our drone work in Yemen and Pakistan.
    Thanks for all your good work.

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  29. Bill Pearlman says:

    Demonstrates the value of the UN human rights council. Thanks for that one. Best laugh I’ve had in a while

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  30. Cato the Censor says:

    And a situation like this demonstrates the value of the Human Rights Council — it can be used to show the cruel Libyan regime just how united the world is against it.
    Why, sir, do you assume that a maniac can be reasoned with?

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  31. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Israel & Palestine on Same Page at UN Condemning Libya Violence”
    But hey, ssssshhhhhh, don’t tell anyone how Isreal treats Palestinian protesters, or Americans engaged in peaceful protest at B’iln.
    And, uh, lets just ignore Israel’s targeting of Palestinian farmers and fishermen.

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