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Palestine at the 2008 Summer GamesYesterday, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed resolution 67/19, giving Palestine non-member state observer status at the United Nations. More than two-thirds of the UN membership of 193, an impressive 138 members, voted yes on the resolution. 41 countries abstained and nine countries voted no, most notably the United States and Israel.

The UN resolution upgrades Palestine's status at the UN from non-member observer non-state to non-member observer state. Palestine, as an observer state has the same status at the UN as the Holy See (also known as Vatican City). Nonetheless, even with the vote upgrading the entity, Palestine is not yet eligible to join the United Nations as an independent country. This inability to join the United Nations makes the resolution somewhat of a resolution without any impact or force. Even though dozens of countries recognize Palestine as an independent state and maintain diplomatic relations with Palestine, Palestine does not yet join the list of the world's independent countries.


December 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

RE Your thought that Palestine is: “..somewhat of a resolution without any impact or force.”

Yours is either a woefully uninformed comment or one informed by the fanatics of Israel who are gnashing their teeth and currently venting their vileness on the Palestinian people – while dismissing the votes dramatic tipping point. So, do blink…

These fanatics are also dismissing the UN vote of 193 countries of which only 9 [USI & some of their small occupied clients] voted against.

In reality, there has been a world shift in the world’s willingness to tolerate a regime that acts as if chosen to occupy others and to vilify the world and even the UN.

Witness that today several major European countries have now issued recall notices for their ambassadors to the occupier state.

I have been well served by my years of reading your email reports and this is the first time I have decided to comment.

Be well,

December 3, 2012 at 11:54 am
(2) Ginny Jaques says:

With all due respect to John Ish Ishmael, I’d like to point out that any regime that wishes to be recognized as a “state,” and become a member of what is supposed to be a civilized world organization devoted to world peace, needs to refrain from shooting rockets into a neighboring state, and calling for it’s complete annihilation. And an entity that wishes to be called an organization devoted to international world peace should not be recognizing a regime with that explicitly declared goal.

December 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm
(3) Matt Rosenberg says:

Hi John! I am prepared to list Palestine on my list of independent countries immediately once it becomes a de facto or de jure independent country. At this time, that is not yet the case.


December 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm
(4) Pat Ojea says:

Once again, the United Nations growls and snarls without teeth.

December 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(5) Dharma says:

Those 19 countries has “forgotten” how the state of Israel came into being some 60′s years ago.

December 4, 2012 at 11:31 am
(6) Ammar Awais says:

This is the first major step towards ending the victimisation of Palestine and recognising the torments its people have suffered. Indeed, this resolution will go a long way in ensuring the sovereignty of Palestine.

January 18, 2013 at 2:22 am
(7) Mike says:

Well Ginny with all due respect assassinating a region’s elected representatives is not the best way of asking for peace. Nor is striking back with missiles in the most populated city in Palestine. In addition to this, the only reason why Palestine is not an independent nation is because the U.S.A can veto that. Ironic how you said civilized eh?

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