How the world voted:
Yes: 138 No: 9 Abstain: 41
Yesterday, Thursday November 29, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to approve Palestine’s bid to become a non-member observer state. The final vote stood at 138 in favor, 9 against and 41 abstentions.
The United States voted against the measure along with Israel, Canada, Czech Republic, Panama, Palau, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Micronesia. Each of these is a colony or an ally of the US; some are both. The abstentions follow a similar pattern.
After fighting tooth and nail to block a positive vote, the United States and Israel immediately claimed that it meant nothing. It’s not a real state, they said in one voice. Subtext: In the Security Council, the US will continue to veto the admission of Palestine to full equality in the UN.
The wall still stands, the Israeli occupation continues, so does the siege of Gaza. The US government will continue to fund these crimes. The governments of Canada, Britain, Australia – each of which, like Israel, is built on land and resources stolen from indigenous peoples – and some other regimes in the US corral will continue to justify these crimes. So will the vast majority of the mainstream media.
Even so, this is a new day. 138 countries defied relentless bullying from Israel and the US, to assert the inalienable right of Palestinians to equality, justice and peace.
November 29: Another step on a very long road to freedom for the people of Palestine.
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