Sunday, January 24, 2016

Abbas Approves of The Occupation -- When It's Arab Morocco Occupying Western Sahara

One of the issues in the wake of the labeling of Israeli products from Judea and Samaria ("The West Bank"), is the double standard of the European Union refusal to label products from occupied territories such as Cyprus (occupied by Turkey) and the Western Sahara (occupied by Morocco).

Now we read that Palestine Supports Morocco’s Sovereignty Over Western Sahara:
Palestine reiterated its support for Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara on Thursday at a diplomatic meeting between both countries, held in Rabat.

...USFP leader Driss Lachgar discussed the Moroccan Sahara with Abbas Zaki [Mahmoud Abbas], member of the Fatah Central Committee.

According to the daily, both leaders agreed that “the issue of the Moroccan Sahara and that of Palestine will now be at the center of their diplomatic cooperation.”
Abbas meeting with King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Credit: Morocco World News

The United Nations does not recognize the Moroccan attempt to annex the Western Sahara and a report to the UN Security Council in 2006 noted that "no States Member of the United Nations had recognized that sovereignty" (paragraph 37) -- a status that has not changed.

None of this stops Moroccan Minister El Maliki, who assures us that “There is no need to make any comparison between the Palestinian cause and the Moroccan Sahara issue.” -- though he doesn't quite have an explanation as to why no comparison should be made.

Neither the US, nor the EU nor any other democratic state supports Morocco's illegal occupation of the Western Sahara, nor its practice of settling Moroccan settlers in the occupied territory. But it is the hypocrisy of requiring separate labeling of "West Bank" products but not of Moroccan products from the occupied Western Sahara territory that allows this Palestinian hypocrisy to pass without blinking.

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