TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is a news report, drawn from wire services, which was
the lead international news story in today's SAUDI GAZETTE. Since none
of my Western news sources made any mention of this 156-7 vote by the UN
General Assembly (which, unlike the veto-hobbled, intimidation-prone and
highly unrepresentative UN Security Council, is rarely referred to as
the "international community"), you may not be aware of it.
Among the seven member states voting *against* a cessation of all acts
of violence and terror by *both* sides in Israel/Palestine are the
Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau, three component parts of the
former U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands which are now "freely
associated states" of the United States, with U.S. postal zip codes,
which are obligated by their respective "Compacts of Free Association"
to be guided by the United States in matters of foreign policy but which
managed to slip into UN membership when the dam broke after the break-up
of the former Soviet Union and normal vetting as to the true
"sovereignty" of candidates for membership was lost in the flood.
(Palau's Ambassador to the UN, Stuart Beck, is an American citizen and a
Harvard College classmate of mine with his "day job" in the
entertainment business.) Nauru is a Pacific island with 10,000 people
which has been in effective bankruptcy since its reserves of fossilized
bird droppings, covering most of the island's territory, were mined out.
Australia (also known as "Oz") is a larger Pacific island which appears
to have declared itself a /de facto/ "freely associated state" of the
United States, without (so far) a US postal zip code. The United States
and Israel are well-known advocates and practitioners of violence and
The final three paragraphs of this news report note the public call by
Israel's Deputy Prime Minister for the assassination of Palestine's
Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. My Western news sources also deemed
this to be non-newsworthy. In defense of my Western news sources,
Israel's advocacy and practice of violence and terror are so consistent
and long-standing that deeming such a high-level appeal to murder
non-newsworthy may reflect a justifiable journalistic judgment.
*ISRAEL* * FLAYED AT U.N.*
*/UNITED NATIONS (Agencies)/*
The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Friday to deplore a
deadly Israeli artillery attack in Gaza , six days after the United
States vetoed a similar measure in the Security Council.
The assembly voted 156-7 with six abstentions to approve a resolution
put forward by Arab states that also urged the Jewish state to
immediately withdraw its troops from Gaza .( Collapse )