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In Palestine, it’s freedom for all or freedom for none 

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The Trump administration’s failure to secure a UN resolution condemning Hamas and other resistance factions was welcomed by Palestinians as a moral and political victory. They should not, however, be carried away by euphoria because the resolution received a high level of support.

Eighty-seven countries voted in favour of the resolution while 57 opposed it and 33 abstained; 23 others absented themselves. In the end, it fell short of the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass.

By entertaining a resolution that goes against its core principles the UN, it seems, sunk to a new low. The scandal appeared more grotesque because the vote was carried out just four days before the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which recognises the inherent right of every individual to life, liberty and security.

It insists, moreover, that the attainment of these rights is essential for justice and peace in our world. And, where these rights are not protected by the rule of law, people may be forced to resort to resistance against tyranny and oppression.

This is precisely what is at stake here in Palestine. A people have been subjected to decades of military occupation that denies........

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