The Palestinian flag was raised outside the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.


Palestinian Flag Raised at United Nations for First Time

The Palestinian flag was raised outside the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.

The ceremony on Wednesday afternoon was attended by diplomats in the U.N.’s Rose Garden shortly after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, criticized Israel and said that the Palestinians were no longer bound by the Oslo Accords.

On Thursday, the flag will be hung in a permanent location alongside U.N. member flags, CNN reported.

The General Assembly voted 119-8 on Sept. 10 to allow the Palestinian flag at headquarters. Israel and the United States were among the dissenters, along with Canada and Australia.

Since 2012, the Palestinian Authority has had nonmember observer status at the world body. The Vatican, which is also a nonmember observer, won the flag-raising right in the same vote as the Palestinian Authority and raised its flag on Friday without ceremony.

Abbas dedicated Wednesday’s ceremony to “the martyrs, the prisoners and the wounded, and to those who gave their lives while trying to raise this flag,” Al Jazeera reported. Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Yasser Arafat Square in the West Bank city of Ramallah to watch a live broadcast of the ceremony on a large screen.

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council, told Al Jazeera that the flag raising was as “an important symbolic step.”

“In essence, it will honor the many Palestinians who were killed by Israel while trying to raise that flag in the occupied Palestinian territories,” he said.

Before the Sept. 10 vote, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the General Assembly that “raising the Palestinian flag outside the U.N. headquarters is not an alternative to negotiations and will not bring [Israel and the Palestinians] closer to peace.”


  1. October 1, 2015 at 17:28

    Yet, I have been told by numerous Zionist that there is no such thing as Palestine, and that Palestinians do not exist. So what’s the deal here? Does the UN know something Zionist don’t know?

  2. robertsgt40 said,

    October 1, 2015 at 18:03

    The UN needs to place the Palestinian flag next to Israel’s. Maybe couple inches higher. Lol

  3. nobody said,

    October 1, 2015 at 19:10

    So, who were the other dissenters? There were only eight, and four named here. I have my guesses, but would rather know outright.

  4. Occam's Razor said,

    October 1, 2015 at 20:17

    ahhhh. Mission accomplished! That is such a beautiful sight to see! With Russia in Syria, China on the Syrian coast, etc., …greater “Israel” is now nothing more than the most gi-normous crime scene on the planet and it is time to bring Israel to justice for their self-aggrandizing greed and genocidal mania that lead to the theft and genocide of Palestine.

    Good work everybody, let’s keep the pressure on!

  5. matrixbob said,

    October 1, 2015 at 22:13


  6. joekano76 said,

    October 2, 2015 at 02:15

    Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

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