EFAy is pleased with the UN recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state. The resolution was passed with overwhelming 138 votes in favor, 9 votes against and 41 abstentions. We believe that this is an important step that should be followed by liberation of the occupied Palestinian territories, end of the violence, end of the illegal settlements and respect of the rights of the Palestinians living in Israel as well as protection of the rights of the Palestinian refugees and internally displaced people. We hope to soon see the State of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations. We congratulate all Palestinians on their statehood!