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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Palestinian flag fluttered in America

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Palestinian flag flying for the first time in America, precisely at the headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, Tuesday, January 18, 2011. This raising of inviting criticism from U.S. lawmakers who said that the Palestinians trying to seek international attention.

By beginning with a brief ceremony, the Palestinian envoy to the PLO in the U.S., Maen Areikat, raising the official flag of green, red, white and black. As reported by the Associated Press, Areikat hope this symbolic action to generate support for Palestinian independence or peace treaty with Israel.

"We are proud to see that flag. It is time for the flag that describes the struggle of the Palestinian people to independence was raised in the United States. We hope this can help increase the international recognition of Palestinian state, "said Areikat.

Areikat realize that practically, this flag raising will not affect anything against U.S. foreign policy. However, he said, flying a flag is an important step to seeking U.S. recognition. He hoped the Barack Obama can immediately recognize Palestine as an independent state.

Pemerinah Palestinians currently being intensively seeking international support. Starting already six countries in South America that recognizes the sovereignty of Palestine, namely Guyana, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Ecuador. These countries support the independence and recognize the Palestinian territories before Israel agreed to annex West Bank territory, including east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East War.

Flag-raising action was opposed by members of the House chairman of U.S. foreign relations affairs, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Reporting from the page the Jerusalem Post, Lehtinen said that the flag-raising effort this is one of the Palestinian leader to manipulate international acceptance.

"This is part of Palestinian efforts to gain international recognition. Some parts of this strategy aims to show a consensus without any international commitment, "says Lehtinen.

Lehtinen also criticized what he called the Obama administration has supported the Palestinians economically and politically, including supporting the PLO office in Washington.

Director of the lawyers for the American Task Force on Palestine, Ghaith al-Omari, defended the flying of the flag by saying that this is evidence of progress in the West Bank. "The Mission of the PLO will not be able to grow if no progress is made by the Palestinian government in improving security and governance," he said.