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U.N. General Assembly Votes 143-9 for Palestinian Statehood

HeadlineMay 13, 2024

The United Nations General Assembly voted 143 to 9 on Friday in support of Palestine becoming a full U.N. member. Twenty-five countries abstained from the vote. The United States and Israel both voted against the measure. The vote grants new rights and privileges to Palestine but not full U.N. membership, which requires support from the U.N. Security Council. Last month, the U.S. vetoed a Palestine statehood resolution at the Security Council. On Friday, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour urged nations to support Palestine becoming a state.

Riyad Mansour: “A 'yes' vote is a vote for Palestinian existence. It is not against any state, but it is against the attempts to deprive us of our state.”

Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Gilad Erdan, protested the vote by shredding a copy of the U.N. Charter at the podium.

Gilad Erdan: “You are shredding the U.N. Charter with your own hands. Yes, yes, that’s what you’re doing, shredding the U.N. Charter. Shame on you.”

In another development, Egypt has announced it will join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice.

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