Posted by: sean | November 30, 2012

Palestine at the UN

After a full tally of the UNESCO vote, here’s a full tally of this evening’s UN General Assembly vote on Palestine. I don’t have a whole lot to add, except to note that some countries that generally vote with the US and Israel abstained or even voted “yes” this time. For instance, Vanuatu abstained. I mean, when you’ve lost Vanuatu, you might as well hang it up. It is also worth noting that that overall, there were more “yes” votes and fewer abstentions and “no” votes than there were for Palestine’s membership bid at UNESCO.

Again, I’ve transcribed these votes from the attached document, so please let me know in the comments if I’ve made any mistakes.

No: 9; Yes: 138; Abstained: 41.

No: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama, United States.

Yes: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua-Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Dar-Salam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rico, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, DPR Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, São Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Abstained: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, TFYR Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, United Kingdom, Vanuatu.

Did not vote: Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, Ukraine.

NOTE: As two people have noted below, I forgot to write Czech Republic under the “no” column. I’ve added it now.

UPDATE: Here is the full text of the agenda item that was voted on.


  1. You have only 8 yeses as of this comment. I think you’re missing the Czech Republic.

  2. Thanks for the list! One mistake: 9 countries voted against but only 8 are named here. I think the missing one is the Czech Republic.

  3. Thank you for making this list. It is clear to me who voted for human decency and basic human rights

  4. Here’s something very biblical and CHRISTIAN to consider: SEE: Zechariah 14:1-9; and also chapters13:1-0; 12:1-11 ~

  5. A Palestinian State (with a divided Jeruslaem) means:
    1) “we don’t CARE nothing about Biblical Covenants with GOD, Israel and the Land.”
    2) “SO WHAT ! if that means Israel has completely indefensible boarders!!! – that not MY problem.” (!) … think about it. … and be sure to read the three chapters in Zecharian. thanks.

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