A Win for Palestine
Photo Blog by Dylan Collins
Everyone likes to win, and last night, Palestinians achieved a big win: the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to make Palestine a non-member state. The win, even if only symbolic, is the recognition of Palestine as a state.
Over 1,000 people gathered in Ramallah’s Clock Square in the heart of the city to watch President Mahmoud Abbas’ historical speech at the United Nations projected on a big screen. It was a culmination of an entire day’s worth of celebrations throughout the central West Bank city’s downtown area.
Celebrations lasted into the early morning, hours after the final verdict; however, many believe that this rather symbolic win won’t change realities on the ground. The checkpoints, the occupation army, the settlers, and other manifestations of Israeli control will all still be here when President Abbas returns home on Sunday. It is likely that these everyday signs of occupation aren’t going anywhere any time soon. But for now, Palestinians will celebrate the official recognition of Palestine as a state – punctuating a struggle that has spanned over 65 years and remains far from over.