Good, this is.
The UN General Assembly has voted to recognise Palestine as a non-member observer state – a move strongly opposed by Israel and the US.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the assembly the vote was the “last chance to save the two-state solution” with Israel.
Israel’s envoy to the UN said the bid pushed peace process “backwards”, while the US said the move was “unfortunate”.
The assembly voted 138-9 in favour, with 41 nations abstaining.
Phi Beta Iota: Israel is an invented nation-state rooted in the perfidy of the British government and the City of London. Gandhi had it right: Palestine is to the Palestinians as France is to the French.
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Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless: Citizens Against the State in Central-Eastern Europe (M. E. Sharpe, 1985)
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Jonathan Schell, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (Holt Paperbacks, 2004)
Mark Tovey (ed.), COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace (Earth Intelligence Network, 2008)
Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress (City Lights Publishers, 2006)