Reaction in Palestine to flag vote in United Nations

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A demonstrator waves the flag of Palestine. By Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Nov. 2012).

Later this month the flag of Palestine will be raised at U.N. headquarters in New York; that’s after an overwhelming vote last week by the U.N. General Assembly allowing Palestine and the Holy See to raise their flags.

It’s symbolic step pursued by Palestine in its quest for an independent state. Israel strongly objected to the proposal and joined seven other countries, including the United States, in voting “no”; 119 nations voted “yes” and 45 abstained.

WMNF News asked a Tampa activist who is volunteering in the West Bank, Dezeray Lyn, to find out how Palestinians are reacting to the news.

Here’s the response from Yahia Aqel, an instructor at Arab American University in the West Bank.

https://soundcloud.com/wmnf/palestine0914

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

 

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