Friday, November 30, 2012

Palestinians win A UN State Status Vote by wide margin.

138 in favour, 9 against, with 41 abstaining.

The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as a non-member observer state - a move strongly opposed by Israel and the US.

The General Assembly voted 138-9 in favour, with 41 abstaining. The Palestinians can now take part in UN debates and potentially join bodies like the International Criminal Court.

Hundreds of people celebrated on the streets of Ramallah in the West Bank after the result was announced, but Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the vote "meaningless".

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. - BBC News.

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