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UN General Assembly backs Palestinian bid for membership

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly backed a Palestinian bid to turn into a full U.N. member by recognizing it as certified to affix and recommending the U.N. Security Council “reconsider the matter favorably.”

The vote by the 193-member General Assembly was a world survey of help for the Palestinian bid to turn into a full U.N. member – a transfer that might successfully acknowledge a Palestinian state – after the United States vetoed it within the U.N. Security Council final month.

The meeting adopted a decision with 143 votes in favor and 9 towards – together with the U.S. and Israel – whereas 25 international locations abstained.

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly backed a Palestinian bid to become a full U.N. member by recognizing it as qualified to join.
The United Nations General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly backed a Palestinian bid to turn into a full U.N. member by recognizing it as certified to affix. REUTERS

It doesn’t give the Palestinians full U.N. membership, however merely acknowledges them as certified to affix.

The decision “determines that the State of Palestine … should therefore be admitted to membership” and it “recommends that the Security Council reconsider the matter favorably.”

The Palestinian push for full U.N. membership comes seven months right into a warfare between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas within the Gaza Strip, and as Israel is increasing settlements within the occupied West Bank, which the U.N. considers to be unlawful.

“We want peace, we want freedom,” Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour instructed the meeting earlier than the vote. “A yes vote is a vote for Palestinian existence, it is not against any state. … It is an investment in peace.”

“Voting yes is the right thing to do,” he mentioned in remarks that drew applause.

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour addresses delegates during the United Nations General Assembly.
“We want peace, we want freedom,” Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour instructed the meeting earlier than the vote. REUTERS

Under the founding U.N. Charter, membership is open to “peace-loving states” that settle for the obligations in that doc and are in a position and keen to hold them out.

“As long as so many of you are ‘Jew-hating,’ you don’t really care that the Palestinians are not ‘peace-loving’,” U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan, who spoke after Mansour, instructed his fellow diplomats. He accused the meeting of shredding the U.N. Charter – as he used a small shredder to destroy a duplicate of the Charter whereas on the lectern.

“Shame on you,” Erdan mentioned.

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour addresses delegates during the United Nations General Assembly before voting.
“A yes vote is a vote for Palestinian existence, it is not against any state. … It is an investment in peace,” Mansour mentioned. REUTERS

An utility to turn into a full U.N. member first must be authorised by the 15-member Security Council after which the General Assembly.

If the measure is once more voted on by the council it’s prone to face the identical destiny: a U.S. veto.

ADDITIONAL U.N. RIGHTS Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Robert Wood instructed the General Assembly after the vote that unilateral measures on the U.N. and on the bottom won’t advance a two-state resolution.

The assembly adopted a resolution with 143 votes in favor and nine against, while 25 countries abstained.
The meeting adopted a decision with 143 votes in favor and 9 towards, whereas 25 international locations abstained.
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“Our vote does not reflect opposition to Palestinian statehood; we have been very clear that we support it and seek to advance it meaningfully. Instead, it is an acknowledgement that statehood will only come from a process that involves direct negotiations between the parties,” he mentioned.

The United Nations has lengthy endorsed a imaginative and prescient of two states dwelling facet by facet inside safe and acknowledged borders.

Palestinians need a state within the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, all territory captured by Israel within the 1967 warfare with neighboring Arab states.

The General Assembly decision adopted on Friday does give the Palestinians some further rights and privileges from September 2024 – like a seat among the many U.N. members within the meeting corridor – however they won’t be granted a vote within the physique.

The Palestinians are at present a non-member observer state, a de facto recognition of statehood that was granted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012.

Mansour is greeted by delegates during the United Nations General Assembly after the voting.
Mansour is greeted by delegates throughout the United Nations General Assembly after the voting. REUTERS

They are represented on the U.N. by the Palestinian Authority, which workout routines restricted self-rule within the West Bank.

Hamas ousted the Palestinian Authority from energy in Gaza in 2007.

Hamas – which has a constitution calling for Israel’s destruction – launched the Oct. 7 assault on Israel that triggered Israel’s assault on Gaza.

The Palestinians are currently a non-member observer state, a de facto recognition of statehood that was granted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012.
The Palestinians are at present a non-member observer state, a de facto recognition of statehood that was granted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012. REUTERS

Erdan mentioned on Monday that, if the General Assembly adopted the decision, he anticipated Washington to chop funding to the United Nations and its establishments.

Under U.S. legislation, Washington can’t fund any U.N. group that grants full membership to any group that doesn’t have the “internationally recognized attributes” of statehood.

The United States reduce funding in 2011 for the U.N. cultural company, UNESCO, after the Palestinians joined as a full member.

On Thursday, 25 Republican U.S. senators – greater than half of the get together’s members within the chamber – launched a invoice to tighten these restrictions and reduce off funding to any entity giving rights and privileges to the Palestinians.

The invoice is unlikely to cross the Senate, which is managed by President Joe Biden’s Democrats.

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