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NYT: The Long Overdue Palestinian State

Author: Mahmoud Abbas
May 16, 2011

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Mahmoud Abbas explains the significance of the UN Assembly Vote on Palestinian Independence.

SIXTY-THREE years ago, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was forced to leave his home in the Galilean city of Safed and flee with his family to Syria. He took up shelter in a canvas tent provided to all the arriving refugees. Though he and his family wished for decades to return to their home and homeland, they were denied that most basic of human rights. That childís story, like that of so many other Palestinians, is mine.

This month, however, as we commemorate another year of our expulsion ó which we call the nakba, or catastrophe ó the Palestinian people have cause for hope: this September, at the United Nations General Assembly, we will request international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border and that our state be admitted as a full member of the United Nations.

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