UN upgrades Palestinean status by a huge vote.


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Palestinian UN Recognition Vote Passes By Majority

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The UN General Assembly has voted to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status - a move strongly opposed by Israel and the US.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the assembly the vote was the "last chance to save the two-state solution" with Israel.

Israel's envoy to the UN said the bid pushed peace process "backwards", while the US said the move was "unfortunate".

The assembly voted 138-9 in favour, with 41 nations abstaining.

Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated on the streets of Ramallah, in the West Bank, after the result was announced.

'Birth certificate'

"Sixty-five years ago on this day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, which partitioned the land of historic Palestine into two states and became the birth certificate for Israel," Mr Abbas said shortly before the vote in New York.

"The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine," he said.

The Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, said "the only way to reach peace is through agreements" between the parties, not at the UN.

"No decision by the UN can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel," he said.

Opponents of the bid say a Palestinian state should emerge only out of bilateral negotiations, as set out in the 1993 Oslo peace accords under which the Palestinian Authority was established.

Speaking after the vote, the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, urged the Palestinians and Israel to resume direct peace talks and warned against unilateral actions.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the vote "unfortunate and counter-productive", saying it put more obstacles on the path to peace.

"By going to the UN , the Palestinians have violated the agreements with Israel and Israel will act accordingly," said the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also called for more talks, saying the resolution underscored the need to resume meaningful peace negotiations.

The UK abstained from the vote, as did Germany. The Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands and Panama were among the nations voting with the US and Israel.

In the West Bank, crowds celebrated the vote by waving flags and chanting "God is great!"

"For the first time, there will be a state called Palestine, with the recognition of the entire world," Amir Hamdan was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

"Today the world will hear our voice," he added.

Symbolic milestone

The Palestinians are seeking UN recognition of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, the lands Israel captured in 1967.

While the move is seen as a symbolic milestone in Palestinian ambitions for statehood, the "Yes" vote will also have a practical diplomatic effect, says the BBC's Barbara Plett, at the UN. It would allow the Palestinians to participate in debates at the UN and improve their chances of joining UN agencies and bodies like the International Criminal Court.

Last year, Mr Abbas asked the UN Security Council to admit the Palestinians as a member state, but that was opposed by the US.

Mr Abbas was much criticised by many Palestinians for remaining on the sidelines of the conflict earlier this month in Gaza and efforts to achieve a ceasefire with Israel.

His Fatah movement, based in the West Bank, is deeply split from the militant Hamas movement which governs Gaza.

Gaza's Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh said in a statement sent to the BBC that Hamas' "support for the UN bid is based on the 'rule of non-recognition of the occupier'... and the right of Palestinians to return to their homeland".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20550864


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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that France will vote in favour of the Palestinian Authority's bid for Palestine to be granted UN "non-member observer status" at the General Assembly later this week.


France said on Tuesday it would vote in favour of Palestinian "non-member observer" status at the United Nations, boosting Palestinian efforts to secure greater international recognition.


source (FRANCE 24 with wires)

 
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In the West Bank centre of Ramallah on Wednesday, crowds hoisted pictures of Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a canine face superimposed on his, and the slogan "This dog doesn't hunt," after Harper warned of "consequences" if Abbas didn't abandon his bid for a UN vote.

In a news conference Wednesday, Harper said Canada believes a two-state solution "will not be accomplished . . . unless and until the Palestinian Authority returns to the negotiating table and is able to get a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel."

Foreign Minister John Baird later warned in the House of Commons that the statehood bid could affect relations with Canada - which supplies diminishing funds to the UN agency aiding Palestinians.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, heavyweights China and India, along with France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland, backed the Palestinian vote. Britain and Australia were likely to abstain, and Germany and Netherlands to vote "no" with Canada and the U.S.

Read more: Palestinian statehood bid has no support from Canada - thestar.com
 
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state on Thursday but success could exact a high price: delaying an independent state of Palestine because of Israel's vehement opposition.

The United States, Israel's closest ally, mounted an aggressive campaign to head off the General Assembly vote, which the Palestinians view as a historic step in their quest for global recognition.

The Palestinians say they need U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the lands Israel captured in 1967, to be able to resume negotiations with Israel - and statehood could also open the way for possible war crimes charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court.

In a last-ditch move Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns made a personal appeal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promising that President Barack Obama would re-engage as a mediator in 2013 if Abbas abandoned the effort to seek statehood. But the Palestinian leader refused, said Abbas aide Saeb Erekat.
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Read more: Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state - Houston Chronicle
 
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Wapalestina wote ...Dunia nzima na kule Ramallah watakuwa ma furaha baaada ya kutumbuliwa Rasmi kama 'STATE'

Je hili ni Pigo kwa Israel kwamba Minajili ya Uonevu unaisha leo...ama inakuaje...?
 
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Sehemu ndogo hii ya dunia inakuwa na hadhi ya taifa mwanachama mtamaji wa umoja wa mataifa.hadhi ya namna hii wanayo mataifa madogo sana kama vatican city,taifa ambalo mkuu wake wa nchi ndiye mkuu wa kanisa katoliki duniani,baba mtakatifu.hii ni hatua mhimu mno kwa wapalestinia kwa sababu wataheshimiwa kama taifa bila kuingiliwa kama uchororo na wababe,hususan kama israel
 
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It is about time.
 
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And due to the following law the US will no longer be funding the UN 22 USC 287e as amended by PL 101-246

MEMBERSHIP OF THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION IN UNITED NATIONS
AGENCIES.

(a) PROHIBITION- No funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or any other Act shall be available for the United Nations or any specialized agency thereof which accords the Palestine Liberation Organization the same standing as member states.

(b) TRANSFER OR REPROGRAMMING- Funds subject to the prohibition contained in subsection (a) which would be available for the United Nations or any specialized agency thereof (but for that prohibition) are authorized to remain available until expended and may be reprogrammed or transferred to any other account of the Department of State or the Agency for International Development to carry out the general purposes for which such funds were authorized.​
 
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The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to grant Palestine a non-member observer status at the world body.
The UN General Assembly vote, which was taken at a meeting in New York on Thursday, represents a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but a diplomatic defeat for Israel and the US, two of the nine countries which voted against the upgrade.

In all, 138 countries voted in favour and 41 others abstained.
A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation.
The new status is an indirect recognition of the Palestinians' claims on statehood in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. It allows them to join a number of UN agencies, as well as the International Criminal Court (ICC).


Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, addressed the General Assembly, saying that Palestinians were not seeking to "delegitimise" Israel, but to affirm the legitimacy of Palestine as a state.
Abbas referenced the recent Israeli assault on Gaza, saying that Palestine had come to the UN at a time when Palestinians were "still tending to [their] wounds and still burying [their] beloved martyrs of children, women and men who have fallen victim to the latest Israeli aggression".
"What permits the Israeli government to blatantly continue with its aggressive policies and the perpetration of war crimes stems from its conviction that it is above the law and that it has immunity from accountability and [the] consequences [...] The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: Enough of aggression, settlements and occupation.

"The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine. The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: Enough of aggression, settlements and occupation."

US slams upgrade

Immediately after the results were announced, US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice branded the move "counter-productive", and the state department warned the status change could lead to a reduction of US economic support for the Palestinians.
"Today's unfortunate and counter-productive resolution places further obstacles in the path to peace. That is why the United States voted against it," Rice said.
"The backers of today's resolution say they seek functioning, independent Palestinian state at peace with Israel so do we. But we have long been clear that the only way to establish such a Palestinian state and resolve all permanent status issues is through the crucial if painful work of direct negotiations between the parties."
The US and Israel voted against recognition, joined by Canada, the Czech Republic, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama.
"Long after the votes have been cast, long after the speeches have been forgotten, it is the Palestinians and the Israelis who must still talk to each other and listen to each other," Rice said.
Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, renewed his call for the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
"Today's vote underscores the urgency of the resumption of meaningful negotiations," Ban said.
"My position has been consistent all along. I believe that the Palestinians have a legitimate right to their own independent state. I believe that Israel has the right to live in peace and security with its neighbors. There is no substitute for negotiations to that end."


Dancing in the streets
As the votes were cast, there was silence among the thousands gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah, which erupted with cheers of joy and chants of "God is greatest" when approval was announced.
"I'm happy they declared the state even though it's only a moral victory. There are a lot of sharks out there, but it feels good," 39-year-old Rashid al-Kor told the AFP news agency.
Nearby, Palestinian-American Laila Jaman was waving a handful of Palestinian flags and carrying a picture of Barack Obama, the US president, and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority.
"I feel so good, I cannot describe my feelings, it's as if we reached the end of a dark tunnel. With a Palestinian state we are now united as a people and a leadership," she said breathlessly.
There were celebrations in cities across the West Bank, as well as in Gaza, where the Hamas government, which runs the enclave, offered tepid support for the bid and allowed backers to express their solidarity with the move.
In Bethlehem, fireworks were shot into the night sky, and churches rang their bells at midnight to mark the occasion.
Ali Abunimah, Palestinian-American activist and founder of Electronic Intifada, told Al Jazeera that the celebrations were uncalled for and that the UN was a "giant distraction".
"I wish that all this hype and dancing in the streets of Ramallah and self-delusion among the people were for a real achievement that actually returned rights to the Palestinian people.
"There is something incongruous and tasteless about the Palestinian Authority sponsoring a dance festival on the streets of Ramallah while families in Gaza are still mourning their children.
"This [vote] is a giant distraction; a cheap gesture, which allows people to celebrate as if they were in a football match."


sosi: UN votes to upgrade Palestinian status - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
 
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Taifa la palestina limepandishwa hadhi ya kuwa muangalizi wa u.n asiye mwanachama, katika kura zilizopigwa hapo jana usiku umoja wa mataifa..kura zilizopigwa na wajumbe 138 zilisema ndiyo na tisa(9) zilsema hapanahii yaweza ikawa daraja la mazungumzo ya muafaka kati yake na israel...ingawa israel haikuunga mkono jambo hili...
 
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Taifa la palestina limepandishwa hadhi ya kuwa muangalizi wa u.n asiye mwanachama, katika kura zilizopigwa hapo jana usiku umoja wa mataifa..kura zilizopigwa na wajumbe 138 zilisema ndiyo na tisa(9) zilsema hapanahii yaweza ikawa daraja la mazungumzo ya muafaka kati yake na israel...ingawa israel haikuunga mkono jambo hili...
Hukumalizia 138 NDIYO, 9 HAPANA na 41 ABSTAINING (ZILISUSIA KURA)
1. Just for CURIOSITY mwenye INFO Je, ni nchi GANI zilizopiga kura ya HAPANA?
2. Je URT ilipiga KURA yake wapi katika makundi hayo matatu?
 
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Hukumalizia 138 NDIYO, 9 HAPANA na 41 ABSTAINING (ZILISUSIA KURA)
1. Just for CURIOSITY mwenye INFO Je, ni nchi GANI zilizopiga kura ya HAPANA?
2. Je URT ilipiga KURA yake wapi katika makundi hayo matatu?
Kinadharia, hata Marekani imeunga mkono kwa sababu ilikuwa na uwezo wa "ku-veto"
 

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