The Palestinians raised their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday for the first time as president Mahmud Abbas called on the world body to grant them full membership.
Palestinians’ struggle for an independent homeland has not yet been realised but they have been able to get some recognition as the Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations for the first time last month.
The development came after UN General Assembly on September 10 voted to allow the flags of Palestine and the Vatican — both have observer status — to be raised at the world body alongside those of member states.
Palestinian flag flies at UN for first time
The resolution was backed by 119 countries, with 45 abstentions and eight votes against, including Australia, Israel and the United States.
Palestinians have been hopeful to get full recognition from UN and all its member states. So far around 70 per cent of UN members have recognised the Palestinian state. Interestingly, the recognition has largely come from developing states and eastern European countries as most of the states that do not recognise the state of Palestine are from Western Europe. Besides western European nations, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are some of the prominent countries that are yet to recognise the Palestinian state.
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Recently, Palestinian chargé d’affaires in Canada Hamdi Abu Ali urged the newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to formally recognise Palestine as a country, Ottawa Citizen reported.
“We hope this new government will join the international community and recognise the state of Palestine,” said Ali, adding that “We are confident that Canada will start to see us as a people who want to join other nations in having their own independence and their own sovereignty.”
Here is a map which show countries that recognise the state of Palestine: