Monday, 26 September 2011 10:50
By Niamh Fleming-Farrell in Beirut and Ronan Delaney in Dublin
CAMPAIGN 194, under which the Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking to become the 194th member state of the United Nations, is in full swing, with just hours to go before the statehood bid is likely to be brought before the Security Council.
The Palestinian team responsible for preparing the United Nations initiative in September has been given an independent legal opinion that warns of risks involved with its plan to join the UN. An initiative to transfer the Palestinians' representation from the PLO to a state will terminate the legal status held by the PLO in the UN since 1975 that it is the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, according to the document.
Friday, 23 September 2011 11:33
For the Arab Online, By Ramzy Baroud
When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided to go to the United Nations to request the admission of Palestine as a full member, he appeared to have had an epiphany. Had he finally realized that for the past two decades he and his party, Fatah, have gone down a road to nowhere? That Israel was only interested in him as a conduit to achieve its colonial endeavor in the remaining 22 percent of historical Palestine? That his national project – predicated on the ever elusive ‘peace process’ – achieved neither peace nor justice?