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Abbas calls for UN upgrade, slams Israeli "racism"

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Abbas calls for UN upgrade, slams Israeli "racism"


The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the UN General Assembly to upgrade the Palestinian’s status at the global forum to “non-member state”, which would effectively recognise its statehood.

At the same time he insisted he still saw a chance for a “two-state solution” between the Palestinians and Israel, but he was also critical.

“The events of the past year have confirmed the correctness of what we never stop highlighting and trying to warn about: the catastrophic consequences of the racist colonization of our country,” he said.

Abbas’s words were listened to intently by the Israeli delegation, but his appeal, while it it will receive widespread support in the General Assembly, will not be welcomed in Washington or Tel Aviv, and is unlikely to be adopted by the UN.

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