A Palestinian child holding up the flag of Hamas. (Photo: Darbalwfaa/ Wiki Commons)

Politically, the Palestine National Council declared the independence of the State of Palestine on Nov 15, 1988 and transmitted that declaration to the UN a few days later. To date 135 members of the UN recognize Palestine as an independent state. As such, Palestine has been accorded ‘Non-Member Observer State’ Status in the United Nations. Palestine is a member of UNESCO and is seeking to join more UN agencies.

The UN recognition allows Palestine to…