Beyond a Seat in the United Nations: Palestine’s U.N. Membership and International Law | Ifi Paper
Paper | June 2012
Beyond a Seat in the United Nations: Palestine’s U.N. Membership and International Law by Martin Wählisch
Looking from the speaker’s podium, Palestine’s seat in the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly Hall is at the very left corner in the last row for delegations. The wooden desk and ocher-blue chairs are like any other of the interior from the 1950s, including the grey plastic headphones. Only one element is missing: the green, red, and yellow voting buttons, which are replaced with a silver metal plate. Other permanent observers, such as international and non-governmental organizations, are seated in the dark, close to the exit sign. Palestine sits alongside the Holy See and the Vatican, in the same line as Turkey in this sixty-sixth General Assembly session. Although Palestine has a place in the world organization, which was founded “to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours,” it is still not a full member of the United Nations.