Vatican Officially Recognizes State Of Palestine

In a move that is sure to infuriate Israel’s extremist right wing government, the Vatican is about to sign a treaty that will recognize Palestine as country:

The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition.

It might seem like a no-brainer. After all, Palestine is a densely populated area of land with its own democratically elected government. Why wouldn’t it be recognized as a state by other countries?

Well, if one of those countries just happened to share a border with Palestine and was engaged in a brutal occupation of the country in question, it’s not hard to imagine they wouldn’t want to grant legitimacy to the Palestinian people. It’s a lot easier to sell the slow motion genocide of a people if you can pretend that they’re not a country in their own right, capable of controlling their own destiny. As long as they’re just a faceless “threat” than you can justify the wholesale slaughter of civilians with no qualms whatsoever.

Israel, of course, has put a lot of effort in to blocking any and all recognition of Palestine as anything other than a bloody playground for their military to practice on live targets. As of this writing, there hasn’t been an official response to the Vatican-Palesitne treaty but I supect it won’t be positive.

As a side note, look for the American right wing to throw a full scale hissy fit. They’re already quite angry with Pope Francis for his populist stances against Capitalism, corporate greed and pollution. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear accusations of anti-Semitism being the driving force behind recognizing Palestine. Because in the world of conservative “thought” not agreeing 100% with the blood thirsty, genocidal Israeli government automatically means you must hate Jews as well.

Makes perfect sense.