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Palestine's Flag Rises: A Moment of Hope for a People Awaiting Freedom

Mahmoud Abbas | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Mahmoud Abbas

On the vote to raise our flag at the U.N., the international community demonstrated its solidarity with the Palestinian people. Now it must act with urgency to seize the momentum from this symbolic gesture and provide a clear plan to end the illegal Israeli occupation, uphold human rights and achieve justice. It is time to finally achieve the independence of the State of Palestine, peacefully resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict -- as was promised long ago.

Palestinians Euphoric Over UN Recognition

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB | Posted 01.30.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Euphoric Palestinians erupted in cheers, honked car horns and chanted "God is great" after the United Nations endorsed an indep...

The West Should Accept Palestine's Right to Exist

John V. Whitbeck | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
John V. Whitbeck

The votes of the U.S. and other Western states on Palestine's application for a UN status upgrade from "observer entity" to "observer state" will be absolutely critical to keeping alive the current slim hopes of achieving peace in the Middle East.

Following U.S., Canada Cuts Funding For UNESCO

AP | Posted 01.01.2012 | World

TORONTO — Canada is joining the U.S. in cutting off funding for the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO because it approved a Palestinian bid for full m...

Bosnian Discord May Kill Palestine's Statehood Bid

AP | AIDA CERKEZ | Posted 12.31.2011 | World

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Palestinian hopes of rallying the required nine vote majority in a U.N. Security Council vote on Palestinian stat...

UNESCO To Vote On Palestinian Membership On Monday

AP | Posted 12.28.2011 | World

PARIS — The Palestinian request for full membership in the U.N. Cultural Agency goes to a vote on Monday. Frustrated by stalled peace talks and...

Why Palestine Is Already a State (Part One)

Joe Lauria | Posted 12.04.2011 | World
Joe Lauria

A combination of mistakes and significant omissions of fact have left the American public misinformed about why the Palestinians have gone to the U.N. and what they are trying to achieve.

Diplomatic World Braces As Palestinians Expected To File For Statehood Today

AP | AMY TEIBEL and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 11.23.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- Nearly two decades after embarking on historic peace talks with Israel, Palestinians prepared to sidestep that troubled route on Fri...

Israel and the U.S. Should Support Palestine UN Membership

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
José Ramos-Horta

While I am an admirer of the state of Israel for their exceptional achievements in every field of human endeavor, the Palestinian issue is one the Israelis have failed to manage in a wise manner.

The Palestine UN Vote: Is There a Duty to Admit?

Balakrishnan Rajagopal | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Balakrishnan Rajagopal

If the U.S. vetos the admission of Palestine, whose right to self-determination has been affirmed in hundreds of U.N. resolutions, including many in which the U.S. also voted in favor, it would breach international law.

Where Is Gaza In Palestine's Statehood Bid?

AP | IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 11.16.2011 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In the Palestinians' high-profile bid to seek statehood at the United Nations, half the future nation they envision has been...

Palestinians Confirm They Will Ask U.N. For Full Membership

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 11.16.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian president said Friday he would ask the U.N. Security Council next week to endorse his people's decades-lon...

Palestinians Press Ahead With Statehood Bid Despite U.S. Campaign

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 11.15.2011 | World

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank -- In a direct challenge to the United States, the Palestinians said Thursday they will ask...

Palestinians at the U.N. -- a March of Folly

Alan Elsner | Posted 11.13.2011 | World
Alan Elsner

In The March of Folly, historian Barbara Tuchman examined several governments who doggedly pursued policies counter to their self-interests. Now, that is exactly what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is doing.