Congressional Digest

International Debates Archives January 2013 No. 1 Vol. 11
Palestinian Statehood

Palestinian Statehood

Upgraded Status in the United Nations

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The question of Palestinian statehood has been one of the most divisive issues in the Middle Eastern region — and, indeed, in the world — for nearly 70 years.

In 1947, the United Nations adopted Resolution 181, which recommended the end of British rule over Palestine and partitioning of the area into a Jewish state and a Palestinian Arab state. That Palestinian state has yet to become a reality, however.

On May 14, 1948, the day the plan was to be implemented, the Jewish People’s Council declared the formation of the State of Israel. The following day, a coalition of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and Le…

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Should Palestine Be Given "Non-Member Observer State" Status in the United Nations?

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