The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters for the first time on Wednesday, as President Mahmoud Abbas urged member states to back a two-state solution and bring an end to Israel’s occupation of the territories.
“In this historical moment, I say to my people everywhere: raise the flag of Palestinians very high because it is the symbol of our identity,” Abbas told a huge crowd, some of whom waved Palestinian flags. “It is a proud day,” he said.
The General Assembly voted on September 10 to allow non-member observer states to raise their flags alongside those of the 193 member states. An overwhelming majority of countries – 119 – supported the move. Eight voted against it, including the United States and Israel.