The UN voted overwhelmingly to accept Palestine as a non-member ‘observer’ of the Assembly…Israel has reacted well by announcing construction of a further 3000 settler homes in Palestinian land.
Only Israel, the USA, Canada, Czech Republic and some American pacific islands voting against the inclusion of Palestinian Authority (under Abbas). Following the ceasefire announced after the last aggression, Israel has shot many Palestinians, including children, farmers and fisherman – while not regarded as a breach of ceasefire for some reason.
Earlier this month, a paper by the Israeli foreign ministry described the Palestinians’ pushing for the vote as “crossing a red line that will require the harshest Israeli response”. Nice.
About 500,000 Israeli Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law.
In related news international football stars have united in opposition to Israel’s hosting of the 2013 U21 UEFA Finals while it detains without trial and kills Palestinian footballers, refuses them visas to play in FIFA World Cup Play-offs and destroys football stadiums. More on Drogba, Hazard, Sissoko and others statements here