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Could #Tourism Lift #Palestine Economy & Peace?
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Belgium EU Iran Nuclear
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
The real leverage in favor of a deal now is that the US’s European/NATO allies may no longer be prepared to continue with sanctions & certainly are not inclined toward any military response to Iran.


07-14-GazaOver 33 children killed in Gaza UNICEF reports, highlighting the negative impact violence has on children both physically and psychologically. UNRWA expressed particular concern about the numbers of women, children, & people with disabilities among the victims — 174+ lives lost, 1,100+ injured.

UN Envoy Urges Respect for Religious Freedom After Israeli Forces Disrupt Easter Procession

Despite earlier assurances to Palestinian Christian community in Jerusalem of unhindered access to Holy Sepulcher Church for Easter celebrations, the Israeli police refused to allow such entry claiming they had orders to that effect.

UN Official Calls for Immediate Halt to Demolitions in East Jerusalem

Demolished building in At Tur – which included 2 apartments, mosque & medical centre – displaced a family of 7 refugees, including 5 children, & directly affected 24 other Palestinians, including 10 children.

Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change? By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

Syria Strike – Symbolic or Conflict Altering?

Intervention, even if limited or “measured” has to calculate the possibilities beyond the initial strike from counter-strikes and further escalation by Assad forces, to the diplomatic response of adversaries and hesitant allies.


On 29 November, 2012, more than 130 countries (138) voted to recognize Palestine as a Non-member Observer State, a clear victory for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.  Courtesy of a Facebook group member from “Tenth Wall Reconciliation Palestine – Israel,” yesterday’s UN General Assembly member voting record follows.

The 138 states which approved Palestine’s bid for statehood are:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, …Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives,
Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The 9 states which rejected Palestine’s bid for statehood are:

Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Panama, and United States of America.

The 41 states which abstained from voting on Palestine’s bid for statehood are:

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Vanuatu.

(Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, and Ukraine were all absent)

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Israel’s Prime Minister used visual props to demand UNSC draw a “red line” below which Iran’s Government would not be allowed to cross in alleged development of nuclear weapons. Much of world though is also anxious about lack of resolution to Israel/Palestine divide viewing Netanyahu’s Government as at best being tardy & worst at having crossed at least one red line in undermining “Two-State Solution”.