PA Recognizes Palestinian Statehood
Palestine became a recognized state in November 1988.
by Stephen Lendman
Mahmoud Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator. It took him 24 years to acknowledge it. More on that below.
Palestinian statehood existed since November 15, 1988. It was proclaimed in Algiers. The PLO adopted the Palestinian Declaration of Independence.
Previous articles explained. PLO legal advisor Francis Boyle drafted it. He included safeguards to assure all sovereign state rights.
He excluded wiggle room loopholes. He made sure UN membership won't affect rights too important to compromise.
Palestine satisfies all essential criteria for sovereign independence. It's entitled to full de jure UN membership. PA officials haven't sought it. Why not they'll have to explain.
All UN Charter states (including America and Israel) provisionally recognized Palestinian independence in accordance with UN Charter article 80(1) and League Covenant article 22(4).
As the League's successor, the General Assembly has exclusive legal authority to designate the PLO as the Palestinian peoples' legitimate representative.
The Palestine National Council (PNC) is the PLO's legislative body. It's empowered to proclaim the existence of Palestine.
According to the binding 1925 Palestine Citizenship Order in Council, Palestinians, their children and grandchildren automatically become citizens.
So are diaspora Palestinians. Those living in Israel and Jordan have dual nationalities. Occupied Territory residents remain "protected persons."
Under Fourth Geneva, they'll remain so until conflict resolution and Palestinian liberation are achieved.
On January 5, Haaretz published an AP report. It headlined "Palestinian Authority officially changes name to State of Palestine," saying:
On January 4, Abbas signed a presidential decree. The State of Palestine was acknowledged. "All Palestinian stamps, signs and official letterhead will henceforth be changed to bear the new name."