By Olga Symeonoglou
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on September 10 that will allow the flags of non-member observer States to fly at the United Nations headquarters and offices. The two non-member observer states are Palestine and the Holy See. The resolution was initiated by Palestine, without support from the Vatican. 119 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 45 abstained (mostly EU countries), and eight voted against it, including Israel and the United States. Palestine sees this as a “step towards UN membership,” while Israel starkly opposed the resolution.