Thailand showed courage in defying US bullying over Jerusalem 

your say December 29, 2017 01:00

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign Thailand (PSC) applauds the passing of the United Nations General Assembly resolution declaring “null and void” the United States’ irresponsible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.



We thank the government of Thailand for its courage in defying the bullying and threats made by the oleaginous duo of Donald Trump and Nikki Haley. A total of 128 UN members voted in favour with nine opposed. Unfortunately, 35 nations responded to US threats and bullying by abstaining.

Attributed to the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is the line, “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain neutrality in times of moral crisis.” The US has, by its unilateral action, thrown more unnecessary fuel on the fire that defines the Israeli war on Palestine.

Israeli’s long standing policies of stealing Palestinian land, demolishing homes, and destroying farms constitute criminal acts.  Those acts are then compounded by giving the Palestinian land and farms to Jewish-only settlements. Israel has succeeded in creating a “bantustan” reality for Palestinians comparable to what white South Africans did to black South Africans. Without doubt, Israel is an apartheid state.

In addition, the record clearly demonstrates Israel is conducting a “slow motion” genocide against Palestinians. The walled-off “bantustans” in the Palestine West Bank along with the fenced in territory of Gaza offer Israel defenceless targets in its slow genocide. Palestine has no army, no air force, no navy and no nuclear weapons. Israel has all of these. The Palestinians are an occupied population with Israel as the occupier. Under international law the occupied have a right to resist the occupiers.

Martin Luther King Jr once said, “Riots are the language of the unheard.” The Palestinian voice has been suppressed through the dual efforts of Israel and US. It is our hope that it is now possible to finally include an honest broker for peace talks before this unilateral escalation causes further problems.

We can also help the Palestinian cause by supporting the Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel campaign (BDS Israel).

The PSC Thailand, formed in December 2007, is working to raise awareness among the Thai population and other residents of Thailand of the injustices inflicted on Palestine since the imposition of Israel 70 years ago.

Michael Pirsch