Palestine becomes UN Non-Member Observer State 2012   [59 x 85]

Source of image: PHT design
Embroidery: Jan Chalmers, UK

On 29 November 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status by an overwhelming majority — 138 in favour to 9 against (Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Panama, Palau, United States), with 41 abstentions.

The meaning of the Pan-Arab colours of the Palestinian flag come from the poem ‘al-Fakhr Hillis’ (Boast) by Safi Al-Din Al-Hilli (1278-1349).  Safi was a famous 13th century poet born in Hillah, in modern day Iraq.

“Red are our swords, Green are our fields, Black are our battles, White are our deeds”

Era: Sumud - Steadfastness (1948 onwards)

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