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Shalev slams UN ‘Palestinian solidarity day’ Israeli ambassador tells UN its tradition of marking November 29, which Israel sees as date legitimizing its independent existence, as day of mourning for Palestinian people is harmful to peace process. Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gabriela Shalev, condemned the global organization’s tradition of marking November 29, the date on which the UN approved its partition plan in 1947, as an occasion of “solidarity with the Palestinian people.” Shalev’s speech Tuesday before the General Assembly was heard by a vast majority of representatives of Muslim countries, who took advantage of the event to condemn Israel in various ways. Shalev said during her speech that the hostility towards Israel fostered by the UN event was harmful to peace negotiations in the region. Shalev opened her speech with a famous quote. “33 for, 13 against, 10 abstentions. The resolution is approved. Those were the words at Lake Success on November 29, 1947 that announced the United Nations General Assembly adoption of resolution 181. Those were the words that conferred international legitimacy on the creation of two states for two peoples,” she said. “Yet the Arab side within the (British) mandate territory and across the region instantly rejected resolution 181. And Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon – members of the United Nations – launched a war of annihilation against Israel together with Jordan and the Arabs of Palestine.”

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