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Palestinians request flag raised at UN headquarters

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A Palestinian waves his country’s national flag. (File photo)

Palestinians have submitted a proposal to the United Nations, asking that their flag be hoisted at the headquarters of the world body.

The draft resolution of the Palestinian proposal, which suggests that the flags of Palestine and the Vatican be raised alongside the flags of the 193 member states, was submitted to the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

The draft, which has been co-sponsored by 21 countries including Algeria, Egypt and Jordan, was presented ahead of the meeting of heads of state at the UN headquarters next month and can come up for a vote before September 15.

The Vatican and the Palestinians have non-member observer status at the UN.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

On November 29, 2012, the General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state” despite strong opposition from Israel and the United States.

Sweden officially recognized the state of Palestine on October 30, 2014, drawing stringent criticism from Israel and the US. The Vatican has also officially recognized Palestine as a state.

Parliaments in many European countries, including France and Greece, have supported the formation of a sovereign Palestinian state.

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