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Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority

The United Nations General Assembly votes in favor of upgrading the Palestinians status to that of a non-member observer state.

With 138 countries voting in favor of the upgrade, nine countries against and 41 abstentions, the United Nations General Assembly votes in favor of upgrading the Palestinians status to that of a non-member observer state. Palestinians were previously listed as a UN observer “entity” with no voting rights.

Abbas addressed the General Assembly ahead of the vote referencing the recent Israeli assault on Gaza. “The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: Enough of aggression, settlements and occupation,” he said before adding that the Palestinians were not seeking to “delegitimise” Israel, but to affirm the legitimacy of Palestine as a state.

The new status is an indirect recognition of the Palestinians’ claims on statehood in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. It allows them to join a number of UN agencies, as well as the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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