Palestinians Take Case for Statehood to the United Nations

Monday, September 19, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in New York this week, to attend the United Nations General Assembly with plans to apply for full membership of a Palestinian State. The U.S. has made it clear it will veto the application, and there are fears that that may spark renewed violence. But the Palestinians believe statehood might open the door to renewed stability and opportunity.

Philip Alston, professor of law at New York University, discusses the process of becoming a state and what barriers the Palestinians will face at the U.N.

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin and Susie Warhurst

Comments [3]

herb gardner

It was appalling to lsten to such a one sided presentation. The BBC's corespondent stationed in Gaza had an obvious bias toward the palistinians and the professor conveniently forgot that the Arab league stole the state from the local Arabs and have never sought peace since.

Sep. 19 2011 03:35 PM
listener

"Palestine has been around before France even existed, France was Gaul"

And like Gaul, Palestine is a Latin word and not an Arabic word given by the colonizing Romans who forced the indigenous Hebrews out. The Kingdoms of Israel and Judea predates them both.

The real "fetish" is the fantasy that Palestine was ever a nation or ever wanted to be a nation. The first national goal is not borders or orchestras and other stately trapping and cultural bling but to use warfare and lawfare to destroy the only advanced liberal democracy in the region.

Sep. 19 2011 10:08 AM
Jake Moskowitz from Nassau County

So the question is: why DIDN'T the Palestenians declare a state in 1948 when Israel did ? It never occurred to them because there never was an Arab national identity of "Palestinian"; the Palestinians considered themselves Syrians or Lebanese or Egyptians or part of clans. You can see it in the way that "Palestine" simply copies so many aspects of Israel.

Sep. 19 2011 10:07 AM

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