UN General Assembly approves Palestine as head of largest bloc of developing countries

Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the observer state of Palestine as the head of the largest bloc of developing countries.

Some 146 countries on Tuesday voted in favor of Palestine to head the Group of 77. Three countries – Israel, the United States and Australia – voted against, and 15 countries abstained. Twenty-nine countries did not vote. [Read more…]

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Israel evacuates hundreds of civilian Syrian humanitarian volunteers and takes them to Jordan

United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)
United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)

United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)

(JTA) – Israel rescued more than 400 members of a Syrian humanitarian organization and their families from southern Syria.

The members of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets, were evacuated overnight Saturday and transferred through Israeli to Jordan, according to Reuters. [Read more…]

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