Visiting Journalists Await the GA Vote

Farah Aloul and Omar Ghraieb question UN officials about the implications of the  upcoming General Assembly vote.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour told journalists at UN headquarters that he expected “a large number of countries to vote in favour” on Thursday when the General Assembly decides on a resolution that would recognize Palestine as a non-member state.

Following Ambassador Mansour’s full remarks ( ), the visiting journalists asked follow-up questions.

“Since the Palestinian leaders are refusing to negotiate about Israeli settlement expansion, and you said that the choice after recognition is to get back to negotiations, what if Israel doesn’t stop the expansion?  What are the other choices that you are considering?” asked Farah Aloul of (48.58)

“What are the goals, purposes, and benefits of the UN Special Coordinator for Mideast Peace, Robert Serry, when he visits Gaza and Southern Israel and how will the information he collects be used?” asked Omar Ghraieb, a digital activist from Gaza, at the subsequent noon briefing.  (9:23)


According to Wolfgang Grieger, Officer-in-Charge, Department of Political Affairs of the Palestinian Rights Division at the United Nations, Palestinians should focus on what happens after the General Assembly Vote on November 29th, 2012. At this time, the GA will decide weather to pass a resolution to recognize Palestine as a non-member state.

Mr. Grieger advises Palestinians look past the vote itself and focus the steps following this possible recognition of Palistine.

Read more in Farah Aloul’s article for

Greiger to AlQuds: The Palestinians should focus on the steps of after the vote

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