UN Recognition of a Palestinian State Receives Public Approval in Europe

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Note: The highlights in this news report are mine.   Peace, Roy

Polls in France, UK and Germany show the majority of people back recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN

Article by Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem from commondreams.org…

The majority of people in the UK, France and Germany want their governments to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state if a resolution is brought before the United Nations in the next few weeks, according to an opinion poll.

Portraits of youths pasted on the West Bank barrier show the flags of countries backing the Palestinian bid for statehood. Photograph: Darren Whiteside/Reuters The three European countries are seen as crucial votes in the battle over the Palestinians’ bid for statehood at the UN, which meets next week. All three are pressing for a return to peace negotiations as an alternative to pursuing the statehood strategy, but they have not declared their intentions if it comes to a UN vote….

• The Avaaz poll, carried out by YouGov in the UK and Germany, and Ifop in France, was conducted online, with 2,552 respondents in the UK, 1,017 in Germany and 1,011 in France.

© 2011 The Guardian/UK

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