November 29, 2012
The Guardian

UN General Assembly Makes Resounding Vote in Favour of Palestinian Statehood

by Ewen MacAskill and Chris McGreal

The United Nations general assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to recognise Palestine as a state, in the face of opposition from Israel and the US.

The 193-member assembly voted 138 in favour of the plan, with only nine against and 41 abstentions. The scale of the defeat represented a strong and public repudiation for Israel and the US, who find themselves out of step with the rest of the world.

Thursday's vote marked a diplomatic breakthrough for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and could help his standing after weeks in which he has been sidelined by Palestinian rivals Hamas in the Gaza conflict. . . .


George Bisharat, "Israel and Palestine: A True One-State Solution," Washington Post, September 3, 2010

Richard Falk, "The Latest Gaza Catastrophe," Al Jazeera, November 18, 2012

Edith M. Lederer, "UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US objects,", November 29, 2012

Jodi Rudoren and Mark Landler, "Housing Move in Israel Seen as Setback for a Two-State Plan,", November 30, 2012

Franklin Lamb, "A Historic Victory for Palestine - Another Rejection of Occupation,", November 30, 2012

Dan Williams, "Israel defies UN after vote on Palestine with plans for 3,000 new homes in the West Bank,", December 1, 2012

Jimmy Carter, "Statehood key to renew peace talks,", December 4, 2012

[ . . . no member state of the United Nations organization has ever been destroyed or eliminated. Some of them have broken off into constituent units but they have never been extinguished. And you see, Israel would like all of Palestine, the West Bank, East Jerusalem - without the Palestinians. And so it's important, as they see it, not to have a recognition of Palestinian statehood by the United Nations organization. It's that simple.--"An Interview With Professor Francis Boyle,", December 4, 2012]

Alan Hart, "Hypothetical Q&A with Barack Obama,", December 27, 2012

VIDEO: Against the backdrop of the currently frozen peace process, all six argue - to varying degrees - that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is bad for the state of Israel.--"Six Israeli security chiefs stun world,", January 28, 2013

Harriet Sherwood, "Israel must withdraw all settlers or face ICC, says UN report,", January 31, 2013

[British Parliament voted overwhelmingly (274-12) to recognize a Palestinian state--Philip Weiss, "British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a 'bully',", October 14, 2014]

[Theodor Meron, legal counsel to Israel's Foreign Ministry, . . . concluded that "civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention."--Samantha Lachman, "How Palestinians Could Use Israel's Own Legal Analysis Before The ICC,", January 20, 2015]

Yonah Jeremy Bob, "ICC 'welcomes State of Palestine' as 123rd member at ceremony,", March 31, 2015

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