There were many young men (busloads actually) waving yellow flags today in Gaza City and, at first, I had no clue what all of the excitement was about, but I started clicking photographs.
Then someone explained that the cheering was in support of President Abbas’ bid at the United Nations for observer status. I believe a vote is expected today.
Israel earlier vowed to retaliate against the Palestinians, and specifically Abbas, if he proceeded with this request but apparently Israel has thought better of that strategy since it appears Palestine will have significant international support.
It’s long past time for the Palestinians to achieve recognition at the United Nations, but sadly my own country (USA) will likely be opposing the move.
The Jewish Voice for Peace just released a short video that puts the Israel-Palestine history into context for anyone who has not kept up with the past 70 years.
These young people in Gaza need a reason to believe the international community supports their peaceful actions leading to UN recognition.
There is little doubt that Palestine will succeed today at the United Nations. This piece sums it up well. Will the United States be on the right side of history with this vote? Probably not, and THAT is the biggest disappointment for me.