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Recent European policy reversal spells danger for Palestine in the UN

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On 3 December 2019, 11 European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, broke away from existing European consensus and voted against a resolution at the United Nations, renewing the mandate of the United Nation’s Division of Palestinian Rights.

The agency, which operates within the UN Secretariat, is primarily concerned with both the monitoring and evaluation of developments on the ground and with organising international meetings and conferences pertaining to salient issue areas concerning Palestine. The agency also organises the annual observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, on 29 November, and helps to develop and maintain the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL).

The decision made by the European countries to vote against the renewal of the agency’s mandate comes against the backdrop of increasing attacks from European countries towards the ‘sui generis........

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