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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.