Palestine vote at the UN General Assembly – sources.

I have NO TIME — I have an actual, factual deadline here — but I’m of course obsessing about the Palestine vote at the UNGA, even though that’s not what I’m supposed to be writing about (international labor and safety are very worthy topics, Contract Client! Just not what I’m thinking about today).

However, I figure folks might be coming here for a little clarity on the event, so I thought I’d throw up a rolling post with sources, adding as I find new ones.

  1. If you want to watch things unfold (whenever that starts – Abbas was supposed to start speaking at 3 pm EST, but it’s now 3:20 and, so far, bubkes 3:30 EST update – they’ve started): CSPN
  2. This is from the terrific +972: Q&A: Implications of the recognition of Palestinian statehood
  3. Also from +972: What Palestinian statehood means for International Criminal Court jurisdiction over Israeli crimes
  4. My Twitter list of sources I follow for issues Israel/Palestine/Middle East – it’s not in the least exhaustive, but it’s a good place to start if you just want to take a peek at what’s going on and what the mood is (it’s worth noting that all of Syrian internet has been shut down and the Damascus airport has no flights in and out or, indeed, radar today – all very, very bad signs, so that’s something else to keep an eye on, too).

update: JJ Goldberg in The Forward: Who Stands Against Peace? Palestinians Are Sounding Reasonable as Israel Drifts Right.


  1. Another good Q & A, from Barack Ravid at HaAretz: Everything you need to know about the Palestinian bid at the UN: Nine questions and answers
  2. The final tally: 138 voted for upgrading Palestine to “non-member observer state” status, 41 abstentions (including Germany and Holland), and nine “no”s. Click here to see the list of how each state voted.


  1. aaron singer

     /  November 29, 2012

    I am rather amazed, though not really surprised, that I just turned on CNN and MSNBC and neither of them appear to be covering what is a huge story.

    • Want2Know

       /  November 29, 2012

      “I am rather amazed, though not really surprised, that I just turned on CNN and MSNBC and neither of them appear to be covering what is a huge story.”

      Whether it is a huge story will depend on on how subsequent events unfold. At this point, it does not compare to what happened in November 1947 because it is largely symbolic. Those who think or hope that it will open the door to various forms of ICC intervention may also be disappointed. Neither Israel, not the US, accept the jursdiction of the ICC. In addition, the ICC will be wary of injecting itself into a conflict like this where neither side has a monopoly on virtue or victimhood and one side may want to use ICC as a weapon against the other. Courts in general a very wary of getting involved in disputes in which their decisions can’t or won’t be enforced and their legitimacy as judicial institutions is diminished.

  2. Captain_Button

     /  November 30, 2012

    Regarding your article over at the Beast, if the West bank is cut in half are people going to start talking about a four state solution?