Palestine: ‘After 63 years’ suffering enough, enough,’ says Abbas

Jonathan Freedland on the impassioned plea for the UN to give its blessing to the creation of a Palestinian state

It was the United Nations that determined the fate of the Palestinian people more than six decades ago and on Friday it was the UN that heard an impassioned plea to change the destiny of Palestine once more.

It came from Mahmoud Abbas, who was 12 years old when the UN general assembly of November 1947 voted to partition Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab.

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