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Expert Roundup on Revised Palestinian Statehood Bid in the UN General Assembly

Location: Islamabad

Expert Roundup on Revised Palestinian Statehood Bid in the UN General Assembly

A delegation of MUSLIM Institute a research based think tank was called on by the Palestinian diplomats at the Embassy of Palestine in Islamabad-Pakistan; in this meeting the revised Palestinian statehood bid which is set for a vote in the UN General Assembly on November 29 was discussed.

It was analyzed in the meeting that;

Just like any other human being on Earth, Palestinians had the right to create a viable State that is what they had for too long been denied the fundamental right to self-determination. They continued to look up to the United Nations to give them hope so that they could join all Member States in declaring that the “people of the United Nations” were determined to promote social progress and better standards of life “in larger freedom”. If the international community failed to heed their voices, again, history would reserve a harsh judgement on that collective failure.

It is the Responsibility of the Muslim countries to not only vote for the membership but also to convince the international community for this genuine right of the Palestinians and also thwart any attempt to block the resolution. A firm and joint stance of the Muslim countries is warranted to show solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and neutralize intrigues of opponents. It would also send a strong message to Israel.

Palestine was unable to garner enough support in the UN Security Council, and faced the threat of veto from the United States.

If the United States opposes the renewed Palestine bid, it will risk alienating the Arab and Islamic world on an issue of central political significance and at a time of great political upheaval. The opposition could isolate Washington, exposing it to criticisms of hypocrisy (e.g., supporting a rebellion in Libya and Egypt, and the US stance on newly separated Sudan but opposing the self-determination of Palestinians) and impair its ability to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian peace and cultivate alliances with nascent Arab democracies.

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