Source: AP and Mondoweiss
Friday, November 09, 2012
The Palestinian Authority is now applying to be recognized by the UN as a nonmember observer state. The recognition of Palestine as a state by the UN would allow them to take cases against Israel in the International Criminal Court. Israel is for instance currently in violation of the 1973 UN convention outlawing the practice of apartheid. I seriously doubt that Obama in his second term will do anything to support human rights and national self determination in Palestine. But, if he wanted to do something that would be remembered internationally as having some positive historical significance he could break with AIPAC and support the Palestinian move to be recognized as a state and bring criminal charges against Israeli officials before the ICC. There have been a lot of crimes committed since 1948.