The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the first time. In this video from The Guardian, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the move signals to the international community that “Palestinian statehood is achievable.”
The Guardian video can be viewed https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/world/video/2015/sep/30/palestinian-flag-raised-united-nations-headquarters-video” target=”_blank”>here.
In June, the Vatican signed a treaty formally recognizing Palestine as a state, joining other major international entities including the European Parliament. The U.N. upgraded the Palestinian delegation’s status in 2012 to that of a nonmember observer state, and in 2014 the European Parliament voted in favor of a nonbinding resolution calling for the recognition of Palestinian statehood as part of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Earlier this month, the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to fly Palestine’s flag at the headquarters in a move that has infuriated Israel and that Palestinians described as a step toward full U.N. membership. Of the 193 U.N. member states, 119 approved the resolution.
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