UN Overwhelmingly Approves Raising Palestinian Flag

September 10, 2015  

The United Nations voted in favor of allowing the Palestinian flag to be raised at its headquarters in New York.

Unsurprisingly, the resolution passed with an overwhelming majority, with 119 countries voting in favor, 8 voting against, and 45 abstaining.

Among the countries that voted against were Israel, Canada, and the United States.

The draft resolution presented last week to the General Assembly would allow the flags of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and of the Holy See to be hoisted alongside those of the 193 member states. 

Both the Vatican and “Palestine” have non-member observer status at the United Nations. But while the Vatican has largely supported the PA and even the concept of Palestinian statehood, it has vehemently and repeatedly opposed the PA’s inclusion of the Vatican in its fight to have the flag raised in the UN. 

The UN now has 20 days to implement the move, which would be in time for a visit by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas on September 30.

Before the vote, Israel’s envoy to the UN expressed strong opposition to the initiative, accusing the PA of trying to “score easy and meaningless points at the UN.”

Ambassador Ron Prosor had asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly president Ron Kutesa to block the move, which would break with the UN practice of flying only the flags of member states.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said Ban would abide by the General Assembly decision.

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