Palestine Flying Chair makes Doha stopover

September 15, 2011

The “National Campaign for Palestine: State 194″ took its “flying chair” to Doha on a brief stopover before heading to other cities and the United Nations headquarters in New York later this month.

The campaign is seeking the recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state within the pre-1967 borders, with Occupied Jerusalem as its capital.

Made from olive wood and upholstered in crushed velvet in the UN’s trademark air force blue, the chair is embossed with the words: ‘Palestine’s Right – A full membership in the United Nations’. The olive tree is a symbol of Palestine.

After Beirut and Doha, the chair will fly to Paris, London and Brussels, where the EU parliament is based and then head to Madrid where the peace talks began in 1991, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

Addressing a press conference at the Palestinian embassy on Wednesday, Palestinian Ambassador Mounir Ganem said that the Palestinian quest for full membership of the United Nations was a legitimate right that should be supported by all those who believe in peace, truth and justice.

Qatar was among the first countries to recognise the State of Palestine since its declaration in Algiers in 1988 by the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the ambassador said.

Palestine is to formally submit its request for membership of the United Nations on September 20 when world leaders gather in New York for the 66th session of the General Assembly.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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