Attorneys to Ban: Halt unilateral Palestinian statehood

May 27, 2011

Media_httpwwwjpostcom_zqbwxInt’l group of some 60 lawyers say UN resolution on statehood would be a violation of all past agreements between Israel, the Palestinians.

According to the attorneys, the legal basis for the establishment of the state by the League of Nations in 1922 affirmed its presence on territories that included Judea, Samaria, and what is now east Jerusalem. “This was subsequently affirmed by both houses of US Congress,” the attorneys stated. According to Article 80 of the UN Charter, the attorneys said, rights granted to all states or people by already existing international instruments – including those adopted by the League of Nations – remain valid. As a result, the attorneys said, the “650,000 Jews [who] presently reside in the areas of Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, reside there legitimately.” The 1949 Armistice Agreement stated that these lines “are without prejudice to future territorial settlements or boundary lines, or to claims of either Party relating thereto,” the attorneys said. Therefore, they said, “the 1967 borders” do not exist, and have never existed. Past resolutions have called for a negotiated solution to the conflict, the attorneys affirmed. Additionally, attempts to unilaterally change the status of the territory would be a breach of the 1995 Israeli-Palestinian agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the attorneys said. When the Palestinians agreed to the Oslo Accords, they knew that the settlements existed and would be one of the issues that would be negotiated during talks for a permanent-status arrangement, the attorneys said. The Olso Accords did not limit settlement activity, they added. via jpost.com


NEW EVIDENCE REVEALS U.S. DIPLOMAT CHALLENGED FDR ON THE HOLOCAUST

April 29, 2011
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James G. McDonald sailed to Europe in 1933 to assume a League of Nations post as High Commissioner for Refugees.

The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
NEW YORK- New evidence shows that U.S. diplomat James G. McDonald repeatedly challenged President Roosevelt on his response to the Holocaust–contradicting earlier portrayals of McDonald as a defender of the president’s Jewish refugee policies.
The new documents were uncovered by the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in Washington, D.C. They are part of a new report called “James G. McDonald, FDR, and the Holocaust,” that is being published on the Institute’s web site, www.WymanInstitute.org, in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Day (May 1, 2011).
“Our research shows that U.S. diplomat James G. McDonald turned sharply against the Roosevelt administration in 1943-1944, over FDR’s failure to respond to the Holocaust,” said Wyman Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff, author of the new report as well as twelve books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and Jewish history. “This new information contradicts previous depictions of McDonald’s relationship with President Roosevelt.”

The documents show that in 1943-1944, McDonald, in articles, letters, and speeches, publicly and privately criticized the Roosevelt administration’s positions with regard to the plight of European Jewry. He did so at a time when he was still chairman of the President’s Advisory Committee on Political Refugees. Key findings of the report:
“Endless Discussions”: In a March 1943 article, McDonald challenged the forthcoming American-British conference in Bermuda on the refugee problem, saying “the time for lengthy discussion of this problem is long past.” He criticized the Allies’ “old-time diplomacy …endless discussions and committees and unwillingness to face the peremptory need for bold planning and prompt action.”
“Lip Service”: In a speech in Buffalo on May 22, 1944, McDonald charged that the United States and its allies “paid only lip service” to the plight of Hitler’s Jewish victims before the war, and “diplomats do not seem to have learned from past mistakes” and “today again are acting as if refugee problems were relatively minor matters.” He said “timidity and fear of not being re-elected” were to blame for indifference to the plight of Jews in Nazi Germany.
“Pitifully Insufficient”: In a speech in Chicago on November 19, 1944, McDonald said the Allies’ response to the Holocaust was “pitifully insufficient.” He accused the Allies of “hesitancy, procrastination, half-heartedness” and “calamitous blindness.”
“Face-Saving Manuevers”: In a letter to Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter on November 30, 1944, McDonald charged that the Allies “have almost never faced the realities of the tragedy of the refugees but that instead they have been guilty of face-saving maneuvers while millions of innocent men and women have been needlessly sacrificed.”
The Wyman Institute’s research reveals a side of McDonald very different from the one presented in the widely-publicized book Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald 1935-1945, by Richard Breitman, Severin Hochberg, and Barbara McDonald Stewart, which was published in 2009 by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Indiana University Press. The book claimed McDonald’s diaries showed that Roosevelt tried to rescue Jewish refugees. It also gave the impression that McDonald consistently supported FDR’s policy toward European Jewry.

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ABOUT THE WYMAN INSTITUTE: The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, located in Washington, D.C., is a research and education institute focusing on America’s response to the Holocaust. It is named in honor of the eminent historian and author of the 1984 best-seller The Abandonment of the Jews, the most important and influential book concerning the U.S. response to the Nazi genocide.
The Institute’s Advisory Committee includes Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, Members of Congress, and other luminaries.
The Institute’s Academic Council includes more than fifty leading professors of the Holocaust, American history, and Jewish history.
The Institute’s Arts & Letters Council, chaired by Cynthia Ozick, includes prominent artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers.

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