Home Page
Search :
Articles News Videos Art Images About Us Contact Us
Subscribe
Enter your email address to subscribe to our mailing list.
Email:
News
Image Gallery
Art
Watch Our Video
Support Us

 

News
News
Last Update: 21:27 10/23/2012
Home --> MAIN NEWS
  
17:01 10/02/2012
Abbas: UN to Admit Palestine within Weeks

President Mahmoud Abbas says he expects the UN General Assembly to vote on a resolution to admit Palestine as a non-member state "in less than a month or a month and a half."

Speaking at his Ramallah office during a ceremony to honor high-achieving students from Jerusalem, Abbas said he expected the vote to be successful.

"We will go back to the UN during this period to get recognition as a state under occupation. We have no problem with that title because it will be a state and not disputed lands.

"This land is ours first and last. It is our occupied land irrespective of settlement expansion here and there. Settlement has been illegal from the beginning to the end and we will not accept it and they have to leave with their settlements and settlers as this land is ours and this Jerusalem is ours."

Palestinian officials say Abbas is unlikely to submit any request to the UN until after US elections in early November. Even then, there are indications the US will seek to derail the effort.

Washington has warned European countries not to support the PLO's bid for "observer state" and threatened financial sanctions against the Palestinian Authority if the bid succeeds, a US memo seen by The Guardian revealed.

In the memo distributed to European representatives, the US expressed concern that Palestine could access the International Criminal Court if it is accepted as a non-member state in the UN. At the ICC, Palestine could challenge Israel's breaches of international law, including its settlement policy, occupation, blockade of Gaza and annexation of East Jerusalem.

The US staunchly opposed the PLO's 2011 bid for full membership of the UN, which failed to pass the Security Council, where Washington holds veto power. The less-ambitious bid for "observer state" does not need approval from the Security Council and is likely to win the majority needed in the General Assembly.

Meanwhile, in Ramallah, Abbas said he had always campaigned for Jerusalem in international forums.

"Deep inside, I used to feel a resentment because the solution for Jerusalem is difficult, but now I feel that Jerusalem is coming back definitely. I wish some of those clerics who issued fatwa against visiting Jerusalem could listen to these words and could see Jerusalem with their very eyes … all Muslims and Arabs across the world must visit Jerusalem and support its people to help them stay firm."

Addressing the General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Abbas said Israel was continuing a campaign to alter Jerusalem's character and reduce the Palestinian population.

"Israel," Abbas said at the UN, "has persisted with its settlement campaign, focusing on Jerusalem and its environs. It is a campaign clearly and deliberately aimed at altering the city's historic character and the glorious image of the Holy City etched in the minds of humankind.

"It is a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people via the demolition of their homes and prevention of their construction; the revocation of residency rights; the denial of basic services, especially with regard to construction of schools; the closure of institutions; and the impoverishment of Jerusalem's community via a siege of walls and checkpoints that are choking the city and preventing millions of Palestinians from freely accessing its mosques, churches, schools, hospitals and markets."

(Ma'an)

Story Copy Right Link
News Topics
Main
Carter Downplays US Influence on Israel, Palestine  21:27 10/23/2012
Palestinians Killed in Israeli Air Strikes  20:54 10/23/2012
Qatari Emir Calls for National Reconciliation  20:46 10/23/2012
Gaza-bound Aid Ship Boarded by Israeli Forces  01:22 10/21/2012
Palestinians Await Ship Attempting to Break Gaza Siege  19:09 10/17/2012
Israeli Parliament Dissolves for Early Vote  23:34 10/16/2012
Qatar: Gaza Aid Via Egypt, Not Israel  23:25 10/16/2012
Islamic Jihad: No Truce Reached with Israel  20:20 10/15/2012
Palestinians Killed in Israeli Air Strike  20:11 10/15/2012
Witnesses: Settlers Attack Olive Harvesters in Hebron  17:39 10/12/2012
Hezbollah Advances 'Will Help Palestinian Resistance': Brigades  17:35 10/12/2012
Drone Downed by Israel 'Sent by Hezbollah'  21:36 10/11/2012
Arab Lawmakers Say Early Vote Boosts Netanyahu's Chances  19:58 10/10/2012
Palestinian Resistance Factions Warn Israel Not to Invade Gaza  18:54 10/09/2012
Israeli PM Netanyahu Calls Early Election  18:45 10/09/2012
Man Hit by Israeli Airstrike Dies from Injuries  21:38 10/08/2012
Israeli Police Enter al-Aqsa Compound  17:51 10/05/2012
Thousands Join Islamic Jihad Rally in Gaza  17:54 10/04/2012
Abbas: UN to Admit Palestine within Weeks  17:01 10/02/2012
Jerusalem Convent Vandalized by Settlers  16:55 10/02/2012
Gaza Tunnel-traders Say Network at 10 Percent Capacity  17:12 09/28/2012
Abbas Seeks Upgrade of Palestinian UN Status  17:11 09/28/2012
Israeli PM Sets 'Red Line' over Nuclear Iran  17:05 09/28/2012
Palestinian Delegation Working Quietly at UN  17:26 09/26/2012
Olmert Avoids Jail over Fraud Sentencing  17:24 09/26/2012
Family Blames Sewage, Trash for Deaths of 8 Children in Gaza Camp  20:52 09/25/2012
Hamas Leader: Abbas Should End Security Coordination with Israel  20:46 09/25/2012
Israel and PA Discuss Gaza Offshore Gas Plans  20:40 09/25/2012
Ex-prisoner Explains Self-immolation Attempt  16:09 09/21/2012
Deaths in Israel-Egypt Border Shootout  16:07 09/21/2012
Featured Articles
Articles
Links
Disclaimer Copyright 1999-2017 PalestineChronicle.com. All rights reserved RSS feed