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How the World Voted on Palestine
Yes 138 No 9 Abstain 41

U.S. govt takes anti-freedom position toward Palestine.

Australians for Peace
Courtesy: Avaaz

(MELBOURNE, Aust) - As most know by now, Palestine received a favorable vote in the United Nations today, and Palestine is now a UN Observer State. Heading a small pack of countries that voted against freedom for Palestine were the United States and Israel.

Sonja Karkar, editor for Australians for Palestine, rounded up the latest numbers.

The countries which voted YES
(no list available yet, but see map above to get an idea of the countries that did)

The countries which voted NO are:
Israel, United States, Canada, Czech Republic, Panama, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau

The countries which abstained are:
Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Croatia, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Togo, Tonga, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.

Five countries failed to vote.
(no list yet available)

According to the highly respectable Democracy Index run by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), only 25 countries are full democracies.  So, of those democracies, 17 voted for, 3 voted against  and 5 abstained.  If we take flawed democracies into account, 48 countries voted for, 5 voted against and 24 abstained. (With thanks to Sol Salbe for referring us to the Index)

Sonja Karkar



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