Friday, September 11, 2015

Marginalized People

The United Nations General Assembly yesterday voted overwhelmingly to support flying the flag of Palestine at the United Nations. The State of Palestine has been a UN non-member observer State since 29 November 2012. The Vatican flag will now also be flown at the UN as the only other non-member observer State.

UN Resolution 120A/69/L.87 needed majority support to pass, with final vote 119-8; the eight nations opposed were Australia, Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, USA.

Marginalization & demonization of Palestine, Israel, and their neighbors nonetheless continues. The people of Palestine have suffered encroachment for many decades by state-sponsored settlers from the State of Israel. This extra-territorial "settlement process" has become highly controversial. Many inside Israel don't support the long-term strategy seeking to enlarge the Israeli state, as the often violent processes have led to assorted forms of global isolation. Israeli right-wing political leaders have sought to keep state borders nebulous, though this keeps Israel's "recognized territory" in an odd status, distinct from conquered lands and annexed regions.

Remaining marginalized people include those in Taiwan. Are they properly represented at the UN by the PRC government of Beijing?