Thursday, 15 September 2011

Palestine belongs in the community of nations

On September 23, 2011, the Palestinians will likely submit their bid to the United Nations Security Council for an application for membership to the international body and acceptance into the community of nations. If accepted they would be the 194th member state -- over 62 years after Israel gained the same recognition. Yet, most likely their bid will be rejected and vetoed by the United States. In fact, some critics of the Palestinian maneuver have labelled the entire demand for statehood as anti-Israel or even worse. There is much to write about this but who is to deny that Palestine belongs in the community of nations? Does it really seem out of place?

List of Member States of the United Nations
1  Argentina ( 24-Oct-45 )
2  Belarus ( 24-Oct-45 )
3  Brazil ( 24-Oct-45 )
4  Chile ( 24-Oct-45 )
5  China ( 24-Oct-45 )
6  Cuba ( 24-Oct-45 )
7  Denmark ( 24-Oct-45 )
8  Dominican Republic ( 24-Oct-45 )
9  Egypt ( 24-Oct-45 )
10  El Salvador ( 24-Oct-45 )
11  France ( 24-Oct-45 )
12  Haiti ( 24-Oct-45 )
13  Iran (Islamic Republic of)  ( 24-Oct-45 )
14  Lebanon ( 24-Oct-45 )
15  Luxembourg ( 24-Oct-45 )
16  New Zealand ( 24-Oct-45 )
17  Nicaragua ( 24-Oct-45 )
18  Paraguay ( 24-Oct-45 )
19  Philippines  ( 24-Oct-45 )
20  Poland ( 24-Oct-45 )
21  Russian Federation ( 24-Oct-45 )
22  Saudi Arabia ( 24-Oct-45 )
23  Syrian Arab Republic ( 24-Oct-45 )
24  Turkey ( 24-Oct-45 )
25  Ukraine ( 24-Oct-45 )
26  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ( 24-Oct-45 )
27  United States of America ( 24-Oct-45 )
28  Greece ( 25-Oct-45 )
29  India ( 30-Oct-45 )
30  Peru ( 31-Oct-45 )
31  Australia ( 1-Nov-45 )
32  Costa Rica ( 2-Nov-45 )
33  Liberia ( 2-Nov-45 )
34  Colombia ( 5-Nov-45 )
35  Mexico ( 7-Nov-45 )
36  South Africa ( 7-Nov-45 )
37  Canada ( 9-Nov-45 )
38  Ethiopia ( 13-Nov-45 )
39  Panama ( 13-Nov-45 )
40  Bolivia (Plurinational State of)  ( 14-Nov-45 )
41  Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)  ( 15-Nov-45 )
42  Guatemala ( 21-Nov-45 )
43  Norway ( 27-Nov-45 )
44  Netherlands ( 10-Dec-45 )
45  Honduras ( 17-Dec-45 )
46  Uruguay ( 18-Dec-45 )
47  Ecuador ( 21-Dec-45 )
48  Iraq ( 21-Dec-45 )
49  Belgium ( 27-Dec-45 )
50  Afghanistan ( 19-Nov-46 )
51  Iceland ( 19-Nov-46 )
52  Sweden ( 19-Nov-46 )
53  Thailand  ( 16-Dec-46 )
54  Pakistan ( 30-Sep-47 )
55  Yemen ( 30-Sep-47 )
56  Myanmar  ( 19-Apr-48 )
57  Israel ( 11-May-49 )
58  Indonesia ( 28-Sep-50 )
59  Albania ( 14-Dec-55 )
60  Austria ( 14-Dec-55 )
61  Bulgaria ( 14-Dec-55 )
62  Cambodia  ( 14-Dec-55 )
63  Finland ( 14-Dec-55 )
64  Hungary ( 14-Dec-55 )
65  Ireland ( 14-Dec-55 )
66  Italy ( 14-Dec-55 )
67  Jordan ( 14-Dec-55 )
68  Lao People's Democratic Republic  ( 14-Dec-55 )
69  Libyan Arab Jamahiriya  ( 14-Dec-55 )
70  Nepal ( 14-Dec-55 )
71  Portugal ( 14-Dec-55 )
72  Romania ( 14-Dec-55 )
73  Spain ( 14-Dec-55 )
74  Sri Lanka  ( 14-Dec-55 )
75  Morocco ( 12-Nov-56 )
76  Sudan ( 12-Nov-56 )
77  Tunisia ( 12-Nov-56 )
78  Japan ( 18-Dec-56 )
79  Ghana ( 8-Mar-57 )
80  Malaysia ( 17-Sep-57 )
81  Guinea ( 12-Dec-58 )
82  Benin ( 20-Sep-60 )
83  Burkina Faso  ( 20-Sep-60 )
84  Cameroon  ( 20-Sep-60 )
85  Central African Republic  ( 20-Sep-60 )
86  Chad ( 20-Sep-60 )
87  Congo  ( 20-Sep-60 )
88  Democratic Republic of the Congo [note 8] ( 20-Sep-60 )
89  Côte d'Ivoire ( 20-Sep-60 )
90  Cyprus ( 20-Sep-60 )
91  Gabon ( 20-Sep-60 )
92  Madagascar  ( 20-Sep-60 )
93  Niger ( 20-Sep-60 )
94  Somalia ( 20-Sep-60 )
95  Togo ( 20-Sep-60 )
96  Mali ( 28-Sep-60 )
97  Senegal ( 28-Sep-60 )
98  Nigeria ( 7-Oct-60 )
99  Sierra Leone ( 27-Sep-61 )
100  Mauritania ( 27-Oct-61 )
101  Mongolia ( 27-Oct-61 )
102  United Republic of Tanzania ( 14-Dec-61 )
103  Burundi ( 18-Sep-62 )
104  Jamaica ( 18-Sep-62 )
105  Rwanda ( 18-Sep-62 )
106  Trinidad and Tobago ( 18-Sep-62 )
107  Algeria ( 8-Oct-62 )
108  Uganda ( 25-Oct-62 )
109  Kuwait ( 14-May-63 )
110  Kenya ( 16-Dec-63 )
111  Malawi ( 1-Dec-64 )
112  Malta ( 1-Dec-64 )
113  Zambia ( 1-Dec-64 )
114  Gambia  ( 21-Sep-65 )
115  Maldives  ( 21-Sep-65 )
116  Singapore ( 21-Sep-65 )
117  Guyana ( 20-Sep-66 )
118  Botswana ( 17-Oct-66 )
119  Lesotho ( 17-Oct-66 )
120  Barbados ( 9-Dec-66 )
121  Mauritius ( 24-Apr-68 )
122  Swaziland ( 24-Sep-68 )
123  Equatorial Guinea ( 12-Nov-68 )
124  Fiji ( 13-Oct-70 )
125  Bahrain ( 21-Sep-71 )
126  Bhutan ( 21-Sep-71 )
127  Qatar ( 21-Sep-71 )
128  Oman ( 7-Oct-71 )
129  United Arab Emirates ( 9-Dec-71 )
130  Bahamas ( 18-Sep-73 )
131  Germany ( 18-Sep-73 )
132  Bangladesh ( 17-Sep-74 )
133  Grenada ( 17-Sep-74 )
134  Guinea-Bissau ( 17-Sep-74 )
135  Cape Verde ( 16-Sep-75 )
136  Mozambique ( 16-Sep-75 )
137  Sao Tome and Principe  ( 16-Sep-75 )
138  Papua New Guinea ( 10-Oct-75 )
139  Comoros ( 12-Nov-75 )
140  Suriname ( 4-Dec-75 )
141  Seychelles ( 21-Sep-76 )
142  Angola ( 1-Dec-76 )
143  Samoa ( 15-Dec-76 )
144  Djibouti ( 20-Sep-77 )
145  Viet Nam ( 20-Sep-77 )
146  Solomon Islands ( 19-Sep-78 )
147  Dominica ( 18-Dec-78 )
148  Saint Lucia ( 18-Sep-79 )
149  Zimbabwe ( 25-Aug-80 )
150  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ( 16-Sep-80 )
151  Vanuatu ( 15-Sep-81 )
152  Belize ( 25-Sep-81 )
153  Antigua and Barbuda ( 11-Nov-81 )
154  Saint Kitts and Nevis  ( 23-Sep-83 )
155  Brunei Darussalam ( 21-Sep-84 )
156  Namibia ( 23-Apr-90 )
157  Liechtenstein ( 18-Sep-90 )
158  Estonia ( 17-Sep-91 )
159  Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( 17-Sep-91 )
160  Republic of Korea ( 17-Sep-91 )
161  Latvia ( 17-Sep-91 )
162  Lithuania ( 17-Sep-91 )
163  Marshall Islands ( 17-Sep-91 )
164  Micronesia (Federated States of) ( 17-Sep-91 )
165  Armenia ( 2-Mar-92 )
166  Azerbaijan ( 2-Mar-92 )
167  Kazakhstan  ( 2-Mar-92 )
168  Kyrgyzstan ( 2-Mar-92 )
169  Republic of Moldova ( 2-Mar-92 )
170  San Marino ( 2-Mar-92 )
171  Tajikistan ( 2-Mar-92 )
172  Turkmenistan ( 2-Mar-92 )
173  Uzbekistan ( 2-Mar-92 )
174  Bosnia and Herzegovina ( 22-May-92 )
175  Croatia ( 22-May-92 )
176  Slovenia ( 22-May-92 )
177  Georgia ( 31-Jul-92 )
178  Czech Republic ( 19-Jan-93 )
179  Slovakia ( 19-Jan-93 )
180  The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ( 8-Apr-93 )
181  Eritrea ( 28-May-93 )
182  Monaco ( 28-May-93 )
183  Andorra ( 28-Jul-93 )
184  Palau ( 15-Dec-94 )
185  Kiribati ( 14-Sep-99 )
186  Nauru ( 14-Sep-99 )
187  Tonga ( 14-Sep-99 )
188  Tuvalu ( 5-Sep-00 )
189  Serbia ( 1-Nov-00 )
190  Switzerland ( 10-Sep-02 )
191  Timor-Leste ( 27-Sep-02 )
192  Montenegro ( 28-Jun-06 )
193  South Sudan ( 14-Jul-11 )
194  Palestine ( 23-Sep-11 )

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