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Israel to host reenactment of UN partition vote in 1947
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Israel to host reenactment of UN partition vote in 1947

Almost seventy years have passed since the United Nations voted for the partition of Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state.

This autumn, to commemorate the anniversary, the Israeli Mission to the UN has decided to step back in time.

On November 29, the day the resolution was passed in 1947, Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon will host a reenactment of the historic vote, where it happened, in the main gallery of the Queens Museum, which hosted the UN General Assembly back then.

“We prepared ourselves for this year, because it is the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, and we have the 70th anniversary of this important resolution,” Danon told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Although it is a celebratory day for Israel, November 29 also marks International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, observed annually by the United Nations. On that day last year, the General Assembly passed six resolutions condemning Israel and supporting the Palestinians.

“While they will continue with their hatred and incitement, I think we should take pride in that resolution and especially what we have accomplished in the last 70 years,” Danon said. 

Finding the original hall in which the partition plan was adopted was a key element of the organisation of the event, Danon said. During the reenactment of the vote, the hall will be redesigned to appear in its original state, with a giant map of the world on the wall, a podium, and three seating sections. Delegates of member states will sit in their designated seats from 1947. 

In the 1947 vote, 33 member-states voted in favour of the Partition Plan, 13 against it and 10 countries abstained.

 Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Thursday, July 13, 2017
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