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Rights groups back Palestinian UN bid
Published Thursday 29/11/2012 (updated) 29/11/2012 17:17
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian rights groups on Thursday threw their support behind President Mahmoud Abbas' initiative to upgrade Palestine's status at the United Nations.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Palestine's admission as a non-member state would be "a major step in the Palestinian people’s struggle for the realization of their legitimate right to self-determination and statehood on their national territory."

"The bid for becoming a non-member State was resorted to by the Palestinian leadership following political obstruction by the US which prevented Palestine to be recognized as a member State by the UN Security Council," the group said in a statement on Thursday.

"For decades the absence of the rule of international law has been the biggest obstacle to the achievement of the Palestinian People’s right to self-determination. Years of occupation and colonization have gone by despite numerous UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions," it said.

"Considering these facts on the ground, Palestine will remain a virtual State. However, the new status would be a step forward for Palestine, both politically and legally."

The press freedom group Mada also called on the international community to vote yes at the General Assembly, saying Israel's occupation inflicted "unlimited" suffering on Palestinians.

"Israel’s sustained occupation of the Palestinian territories since 1967 has inflicted unlimited levels of suffering upon all segments of Palestinian society, including journalists, Mada director Mousa Rimawi said in a statement.

"Israel frequently suppresses freedom of expression in various forms, has been responsible for the deaths of dozens of Palestinian journalists since the beginning of occupation, and has severely limited the development of Palestinian media."

He expressed hope that UN membership would "aid in improving the status of media freedoms, which have been subject to significant violations throughout the year, and provide healthier conditions for the development of Palestinian media as a whole."
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1 ) Carlos / usa
29/11/2012 21:28
israel claims freedom of speech. How hypocritical. israel makes Iran look like a saint. For whatever problems Iran may have it is much better in behavior than israel. Iran doesnot have and does not try to aquire nukes and signs the NPT. israel has nukes, refused to sign NPT. I trust Iran with nukes. I do not trust israel with nukes. israel keeps attacking its neighbors without warrant or agression on the neighbors part. Invasion and occupation of Lebanon. invasion of Lebanon at least two more

2 ) Carlos / USA
29/11/2012 21:33
invasion of Lebanon at least two more times. Luckily Hezbollah was there to free Lebanon from israel. Surprise attack on Egypt in 1967. shooting down Algerian airliner murdering over 100 civilians. 1956 invasion of Sinai peninsula and Egypt. including the massacre of POws and civilians by israel. The attack on Palestinians in 1947 and resultant massacres in many villages. it is amazing to me how the media can make excuses for behavior which has no excuse. These are only tip of iceberg.
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