30 Sep '15, 7pm

#Palestinian flag flies at #UN for first time

#Palestinian flag flies at #UN for first time

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The Palestinians raised their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday (Sept 30) for the first time as President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to grant them full membership. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and Mr Abbas presided over the packed ceremony in the rose garden after the Palestinian leader launched a searing attack at the General Assembly on Israel's continued occupation. "In this historical moment, I say to my people everywhere: Raise the flag of Palestinians very high because it is the symbol of our identity," the 80-year-old Abbas told the crowd. "It is a proud day." Israel and the United States have dismissed the move as a symbolic gesture that would not serve the cause of peace. But Mr Ban said symbols were "important" and could lead to action. "Now is the time to restore confidence by both Israelis and Palestinians for a peac...

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