UN assembly approves resolution granting Palestine new rights and reviving its UN membership bid

Source: Politico

“The U.N. General Assembly voted by a wide margin on Friday to grant new ‘rights and privileges’ to Palestine and called on the Security Council to reconsider Palestine’s request to become the 194th member of the United Nations. The 193-member world body approved the Arab and Palestinian-sponsored resolution by a vote of 143-9 with 25 abstentions. The United States voted against the resolution, along with Israel, Argentina, Czechia, Hungary, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Papua New Guinea. … But while it gives Palestine some new rights and privileges, it reaffirms that it remains a non-member observer state without the right to vote in the General Assembly or at any of its conferences. And the United States has made clear that it will block Palestinian membership and statehood until direct negotiations with Israel resolve key issues, including security, boundaries and the future of Jerusalem.” (05/10/24)