BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Romanians, Palestinians and Arab immigrants in Romania rallied Tuesday in the capital Bucharest to voice support for efforts to obtain membership in the UN.
Palestinian ambassador Ahmad Aqil told reporters the move at the UN is a political, diplomatic and popular step based on international law and human rights.
Aqil called on the various Palestinian groups to support the bid as much as they can to enhance the Palestinian president’s position when he addresses the UN on Friday.
Participants in the rally waved Palestinian flags and posters about the right of the Palestinian people to have a state of their own with Jerusalem as its capital.
Unions of Palestinian doctors, pharmacists, students, and women in Romania partook in the rally.
In Buenos Aires, meanwhile, protesters marched to the local UN headquarters on Tuesday in support of Palestine's push for UN recognition, Reuters reported.
The marchers waved signs and chanted in the streets of the Argentine capital, backing President Abbas' resolve for full UN membership for a Palestinian state.
Some signs showed the Palestinian flag next to the Argentine flag and one woman handed out small Palestinian flags.
Hundreds participated in the march that stretched over a city block and included members of human rights groups like the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
When the marchers reached the UN headquarters in the Buenos Aires, poet Vicente Zito Lema read a prepared document.
"We have come the source most representative of multi-lateralism in the world, the United Nations, to express our complete support that Palestine is recognized as a sovereign state and a full member," he said.
Last week, the United States and the European Union urged Abbas to back down, arguing that Palestinian independence should be the result of peace talks with Israel.
The Palestinians say US-backed talks are frozen, leaving them no choice but to take their case to the United Nations.
Solidarity in Sweden
Hundreds of Palestinians and Swedes rallied on Wednesday in support of Palestine’s bid for full UN membership in Stockholm.
The Palestinian Embassy in Sweden had called for the rally in cooperation with several Palestinian organizations across Sweden and various Swedish parties, including the Left party and the Socialist Democrat party in Sweden also with Swedish NGO’s. Several Swedish unions, the Church of Sweden, and youth organizations of the opposition parties also attended the rally.
During the rally, leaders of Swedish parties affirmed their parties’ support of the Palestinian UN bid and urged the Swedish government to recognize the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders.
Bulgarian Rally Supporting Palestinian Bid to UN
SOFIA, September 21, 2011 (WAFA) – Bulgaria witnessed a mass demonstration Wednesday in support of the Palestinian bid to the United Nations to seek full membership and recognition of a Palestinian state.
The demonstration came in response to an invitation by the Palestinian-Bulgarian Friendship Association (BPFA). It included a large number of Bulgarians and members of the Palestinian, Arab and Kurdish communities.
The protesters raised Palestinian flags and banners calling for freedom for Palestine, for ending the occupation and for Palestine becoming State 194 at the UN.
In a speech, Kiryak Tsonev, head of BPFA, affirmed that this demonstration is part of the public, European and international campaign to support the Palestinian request to gain a full UN membership of a Palestinian state.
He expressed, on behalf of the Bulgarians, support for the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights based on 1967 borders with Jerusalem as their capital.
A delegation representing the BPFA had previously handed a political statement to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov, urging the Bulgarian government to support the Palestinian bid to the UN.
Rally Supporting Palestinian Bid in Bucharest
BUCHAREST, September 21, 2011 (WAFA) – Hundreds of Romanians, international diplomats and members of the Palestinian and Arab communities participated in a rally in Bucharest Tuesday night in support of the Palestinian bid to gain full United Nations membership of a Palestinian state this Friday.
Participants in the rally stressed the Palestinians' right to statehood based on 1967 borders with Jerusalem as their capital, and called for supporting the Palestinian bid.