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UNESCO votes yes to Palestinian membership

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

The United Nations cultural agency has placed itself at risk of losing funding after it gave the Palestinians full membership.

In a move that was opposed by the United States, UNESCO delegates voted to admit the Palestinians as a full member of the Paris-based agency.

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UNESCO to vote on Palestinian bid

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The UN heritage organisation UNESCO is to take a vote on the Palestinian application for full membership on Monday.

To see their request fulfilled the Palestinians will need the support of more than two - thirds of the 193 members.

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PA calls on Europe to back its UN bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is trying to increase support for its bid for United Nations membership by lobbying various international organisations for endorsements.

Over the past two weeks, the Palestinian leadership has gained various degrees of recognition from the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, The Council of Europe and European Parliament.

UNESCO's exec

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Palestinian bid on Security Council agenda for Friday

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

The UN Security Council is expected to meet on Friday to discuss the Palestinian bid for statehood, two weeks after President Mahmoud Abbas took his application to the international body.

The Security Council will review the decision as Middle East negotiators from the Quartet meet in Brussels to discuss ways to revive peace talks.

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Taub: Labour sending wrong message on peace process

By Martin Bright, September 28, 2011

Opposition leader Ed Miliband told a packed Labour for Friends of Israel reception at his party's conference in Liverpool on Tuesday that backing the Palestinian bid for statehood was the right thing to do.

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Mahmoud Abbas submits membership bid to UN

By Jennifer Lipman, September 23, 2011

The Palestinian President has asked the United Nations Secretary General for Palestine to be accepted as a member state.

After months of speculation, Mahmoud Abbas officially submitted a bid for full membership at the United Nations.

The US and Israel have already made their opposition to the unilateral move clear

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Jewish group Yachad backs Palestinian statehood bid

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2011

Yachad, the alternative Israel campaign group, has come out in favour of United Nations recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Hannah Weisfeld, director of the organisation which launched in the UK earlier this year, said that it would prefer recognition of a Palestinian state to be "the end product of a negotiated settlement, rather than its starting point".

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Liverpool Archbishop: UN bid is 'opportunity' for Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

The Archbishop of Liverpool has called for "intensified prayers" for a solution to the Middle East conflict as the Palestinians take their bid for unilateral statehood to the UN.

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Obama attempts to avoid UN confrontation over Palestinian vote

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

President Barack Obama is set to meet the Israeli and Palestinian leaders today in a last-ditch effort to avoid a confrontation at Friday's UN session.

The Palestinian Authority remains committed - at least in its public statements – to forcing a UN vote on a unilateral statehood bid.

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Six words before the Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

As the world looks to New York to see whether the Palestinians will apply for unilateral statehood, human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Centre have a message to share.

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