CONGRATULATIONS! … But, A Missed Opportunity?

 The President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (centre), celebrates with members of his delegation and other supporters after the U.N. General Assembly's historic vote to recognise Palestine as its 194th state, New York, 29 November, 2012. Photo:  thestar.com

The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (centre), celebrates with members of his delegation and other supporters after the U.N. General Assembly’s historic vote to recognise Palestine as its 194th state, New York, 29 November, 2012. Photo: thestar.com

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A time to celebrate, yes, even though most Palestinians know it will change little on the ground, and, as we’ve already seen, has led to yet more Israeli retaliation.

This is just one of the pictures that went around the world on Thursday, the 29th of November. It shows President Abbas’ delegation to the UN and his advisors.

But …

Twenty black suits & white shirts?

No beards, no kaffiyehs, no colourful headscarves. No sun-dried, wizened farmers (or their wives), no students, no children, no fishermen, no taxi drivers. Just two women.

Where is the PA’s sense of PR?

In front of a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ international audience.

Alas, Palestine’s rich, human diversity wasn’t on view.

What a missed opportunity!

… Pam

P.S. Here’s one example of a picture, taken on the 30th of November in Ramallah, that inspired millions of Palestine’s supporters around the world. With it’s newfound international status, will the PA do more to see that these images reach the widest audiences, as well as including, in its own institutions, a fairer representation of Palestine’s talented population…young and old, women and men, traditional and secular?

The day after…. Palestinians, in all their diversity, celebrate. Photo: Agencies.

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Thanks for reading.

Pam

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