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29 November 2012 – The General Assembly today voted to grant Palestine non-member observer State status at the United Nations, while expressing the urgent need for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a permanent two-State solution.
The resolution on the status of Palestine in the UN was adopted by a vote of 138 in favour to 9 against with 41 abstentions by the 193-member Assembly.
“We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a State established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the State that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine,” the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, told the Assembly before the vote.
Mr. Abbas noted that the world was being asked today to undertake a significant step in the process of rectifying the “unprecedented historical injustice” inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948.
“Your support for our endeavour today,” he said, “will send a promising message – to millions of Palestinians on the land of Palestine, in the refugee camps both in the homeland and the Diaspora, and to the prisoners struggling for freedom in Israel’s prisons – that justice is possible and that there is a reason to be hopeful and that the peoples of the world do not accept the continuation of the occupation.”
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, said his delegation could not accept today’s resolution. “Because this resolution is so one-sided, it doesn’t advance peace, it pushes it backwards,” he stated, adding that peace could only be achieved through negotiations.
“There’s only one route to Palestinian statehood and that route does not run through this chamber in New York. That route runs through direct negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah that will lead to a secure and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” he added. “There are no shortcuts. No quick fixes. No instant solutions.”
The Israelis and Palestinians have yet to resume direct negotiations since talks stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.
“Today’s vote underscores the urgency of a resumption of meaningful negotiations,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after the vote was finalized. “We must give new impetus to our collective efforts to ensure that an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine lives side by side with a secure State of Israel. I urge the parties to renew their commitment to a negotiated peace.”
Addressing the same gathering, the President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, appealed to “my dear friends from Palestine and Israel” to work for peace, to negotiate in good faith, and ultimately, to succeed in reaching the historical settlement.
“I have no doubt that history will judge this day to have been fraught with significance – but whether it will come to be looked upon as a step in the right direction on the road to peace will depend on how we bear ourselves in its wake,” he said. “Let us therefore have the wisdom to act in furtherance of the goal I’m sure we all share.”
In the resolution, the Assembly also voiced the hope that the Security Council will “consider favourably” the application submitted in September 2011 by Palestine for full UN membership.
The Palestinian bid for full UN membership stalled last year when the 15-nation Council, which decides whether or not to recommend admission by the Assembly, said it had been “unable to make a unanimous recommendation.”
Today’s action comes on the same day that the UN observed the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Established in 1977, the Day marks the date in 1947 when the Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning then-mandated Palestine into two States, one Jewish and one Arab.
Egypt’s top judges have accused President Mohammed Mursi of staging an “unprecedented attack” on the judiciary. The president passed a decree earlier this week granting himself extensive new powers. It includes a bar on any court dissolving the constituent assembly, which is drawing up a new constitution.
Outside a Cairo court where judges were meeting, police fired tear gas to disperse crowds. They have been charging with batons at protesters against the decree, reports the BBC’s Jon Leyne from the scene, while pro-Mursi demonstrators tried to disrupt the judges’ meeting. Thursday’s decree sparked angry demonstrations, and attacks on offices of Mr Mursi’s Islamist FJP party. The president has said he is acting to protect the revolution.
In a statement, the Supreme Judicial Council called his move “an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings”, and called on him to reverse it. Judges and prosecutors in Egypt’s second city Alexandria have gone on strike in protest, saying they will not return to work until the decree is reversed. The response of the judges has been tough, if fairly predictable, says our Cairo correspondent. One judge told the BBC their concerns were for Egypt, not their jobs. “We can’t work like this, we have to change it and we will change it,” Ahmed Shannan said. There had been reports that the council was about to disband the constituent assembly for a second time, he added, a move that could seriously derail the transition to democracy and further delay new parliamentary elections. This, in turn, could deter Egypt’s political leaders from taking tough decisions while they wait for the vote. Meanwhile, Egyptian human rights agencies filed a lawsuit at the Court of Administrative Justice calling for the decree to be annulled, Mena news agency reported.
Protesters in Egypt have set fire to Muslim Brotherhood offices in several cities, according to state TV. They were demonstrating against President Mohammed Mursi’s decision to grant himself sweeping new powers. His decree states, among other things, that the president’s decisions cannot be revoked by any authority – including the judiciary.
Rival rallies have been held across the country today by supporters and opponents of Mr Mursi. In the Suez Canal cities of Suez, Port Said and Ismailia opponents of the Islamist president reportedly set fire to the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood. Clashes have also been reported between opposing demonstrations in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. America’s first black president secured more than the 270 votes in the electoral college needed to win. In his victory speech before supporters in Chicago, Mr Obama said he would talk to Mr Romney about “where we can work together to move this country forward”.
A man had a son who was born with no ears. He had no power to hear. But the father never believed this. He went on to treat his son the way a boy who could hear would be treated. He never made his son feel that he is deaf. He did not give up. He did not accept the fact that his son was deaf. He simply went on with his strong belief. When the boy turned about ten years of age, he started hearing.
Source: Mumbai Space.
لم يتردد البوسني (سينادا هاجيتش) 47 عاما في أن يحول رغبته في الوصول إلى المشاعر المقدسة إلى واقع، فحمل زاده على ظهره وراح يجول البراري والصحراء والطرق مبتغيا فضل الله في أن يمن عليه بالوصول إلى البقاع الطاهرة، لكنه سأل نفسه هل يمكن قطع 5700 كم سيرا على الأقدام من البوسنة وصولا إلى مكة المكرمة ؟ لم يفكر هاجيتش طويلا في الإجابة على السؤال ليجد نفسه فعليا قطع مسافة مقدرة ليبدأ حلم الوصول إلى المشاعر سيرا على الأقدام. وبعد طول المسير تحقق الحلم في أن وطأت أقدام هاجيتش أرض المملكة ليسجد لله شكرا على أن من عليه بالفضل، فتسارعت أقدامه لتحط في رحاب المسجد النبوي الشريف في المدينة المنورة، قبل أن يحط رحاله في مشعر عرفات مبتهلا إلى الله أن يمن عليه بالفضل والرحمات. وبدأ هاجيتش في سرد تفاصيل رحلة الحياة كما أسماها، رافضا أي وصف آخر يمكن أن يطلق عليها، وقال: «يدعون أنها ربما كانت مغامرة ليست مأمونة العواقب، وربما كانت رحلة الموت، لكنني اعتبرها رحلة الحياة وليست رحلة الموت ممن يعتبرون السير على الأقدام لمسافات طويلة قاطعا فيها كافة الظروف يمكن أن تكون معاناة حقيقية».
وربما استرد هاجيتش أنفاسه فقط عندما وقف مع ضيوف الرحمن في مشعر عرفات رافعا أياديه للسماء طالبا الرحمة متناسيا كل همه وتعب الرحلة ومعاناة الوصول، مضيفا: «كان كل همي الوصول إلى الرحاب المقدسة فلم أهتم إلا بهدفي الأوحد، وتناسيت العناء والمخاطرة التي قطعت فيها المسافة خلال 314 يوما، عبرت خلالها دول البوسنة وصربيا وبلغاريا وتركيا وسورية والأردن وصولا إلى المملكة»، مشيرا إلى أن كل عتاده حقيبة على كتفه لا تزن إلا 20 كم فقط. لكن هاجيتش يعترف أن تعب الطريق لم يشكل له معاناة بالقدر الذي عانى فيه من تباين ظروف الطقس من دولة إلى أخرى فمن طقس بارد جدا إلى حار جدا فيما الانتظار طويلا في المعابر كان معاناة أخرى، خاصة على نقاط التفتيش السورية بعدما عبر جسر البسفور التركي، مضيفا: «بدأت الحياة من جديد، على مشعر عرفات».
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