Patrick O. Strickland is a freelance journalist based in the West Bank. His writing has appeared in Al-Jazeera English, International Socialist Review, CounterPunch, Socialist Worker, Al-Akhbar English, Electronic Intifada, and elsewhere. He is presently working on his first book, a brief history of unarmed resistance in Palestine.
Ramallah. In November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution to upgrade Palestine to a “nonmember observer state”. The usual suspects—Israel, their American financers, and a few of their mutual allies—voted against the resolution, but it overwhelmingly passed.