Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Palestine renews push for United Nations membership

Amidst the genocidal war in Gaza, on Tuesday, the State of Palestine sent a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations requesting consideration of their membership application to become a member state.

The United States is again almost certain to block it.

Supporters of Palestine for full membership also asked the UN Security Council to revive their application for admission submitted in 2011. The supporters’ letter to the council president included the names of 140 countries that have recognized a Palestinian state, including members of the 22-nation Arab Group at the United Nations, the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the 120-member Nonaligned Movement.

“In this connection, we wish to bring to your attention that, as of this date, 140 Member States have recognized the State of Palestine, and we hereby annex to this letter the list of these States along with the dates of recognition, and corresponding group affiliations,” reads the letter from supporters.

Israel has become increasingly isolated on the world stage since launching its devastating assault on Gaza in response to the Hamas-led attack on October 7. In addition to killing and injuring over 100,000 Palestinians in less than six months, Israeli forces have displaced most of the besieged enclave’s 2.3 million residents and severely restricted the flow of humanitarian aid—causing people, especially children, to starve to death.


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