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Part 7 International Influences and Interactions, 7.5 Impulses from the Arab Spring on the Palestinian State-Building Process

Asem Khalil

From: Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and Islam after the Arab Spring

Rainer Grote, Tilmann J. Röder

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 November 2020

In 2012, Palestine, while keeping its status as an observer, won the status of non-member state in the United Nations via a majority vote at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).1 For the Palestinians, the move was considered a diplomatic victory, especially considering Israel’s and the United States’ isolation during the UNGA voting session. President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Maḥmūd ʿAbbās, who considered the resolution as a “birth certificate” of the state of Palestine,2 returned triumphant to Ramallah, despite having in fact only obtained recognition for...
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