UN General Assembly Recognizes Palestine
Group elevates Palestinians' status over objections of US, Israel
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2012 4:12 PM CST
Updated Nov 29, 2012 4:22 PM CST
Palestinian refugees wave Palestinian flags during a rally in front the United Nations building in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday.   (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

(Newser) – The United Nations voted overwhelmingly today to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations (on par with the Vatican) was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body—a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions. A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation.

Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their UN status. The United States immediately criticized the historic vote. "Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace," said UN ambassador Susan Rice. Earlier, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the General Assembly that it was "being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine." He called it the last chance to save the two-state solution.

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kawahchan
Nov 30, 2012 12:47 PM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Congratulation on the wide margin of 138 Approved Votes on Palestinians' status to a Non-member Observer State at the United Nations. Now we can understand HOW Obama presidency towards Human Rights and Israeli War Crime.
jgarbuz
Nov 30, 2012 12:37 PM CST
Wikipedia - Jizya Jizya was levied in the time of Muhammad on vassal tribes under Muslim control and protection, including Jews in Khaybar, Christians in Najran, and Zoroastrians in Bahrain. William Montgomery Watt traces its origin to a pre-Islamic practice among the Arabian nomads wherein a powerful tribe would agree to protect its weaker neighbors in exchange for a tribute, which would be refunded if the protection proved ineffectual.[56] Three military campaigns during Muhammad's era culminated with the agreement requiring the new non-Muslim subjects to pay jizya, in return for Muslim protection: Battle of Khaybar[57] and the expedition of Abdur Rahman bin Auf.[58] During the Invasion of Banu Qaynuqa, Muhammad reportedly asked the Jews to pay the tribute (Jizyah), but they refused and instead taunted Muhammad by claiming his God is poor. Islamic tradition says that the Quran verse [Quran 3:118] was revealed because of the comments.[59][60] The verse states not to take non-Muslims as "Bitanah", which has been interpreted as meaning, advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers and friends.[61]
bikpet
Nov 30, 2012 7:54 AM CST
I have believed that probably from the start Israel has been a base for the military/industrial/political system of this country and possibly others, in order to have a serious threat to any major oil producing Mideast country that stops the flow of cheap oil or seriously threatens to do so. Becoming more energy independent can take away the need for an Israeli Base. Alot of naive Jewish people have been brainwashed into this Jewish homeland thing and have been taken advantage of and required to be brainwashed in the military for 2 years or whatever their current requirement is. This may be all changing since many American and Israeli Jews are starting to wake up out of this brainwashing fog and realize that their holocaust PTSD, which involves fear and paranoia, was and is being used by the Oil/Banker/Military/Industrial/Political Cartels. In other words it is no different then the 7th Cavalry and the Hurst company in the 1800s taking the gold from the Lakotas and slaughtering them and putting them on reservations. And the American people bought into the propaganda that these Indian Savages deserved everything that Custer and the US Military did to them.This continues. Israel is a puppet. Of who? That is being uncovered slowly as we write. The same Cartels are still running the show and they are not Israeli or Arab anymore then they are Irish or German or African