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Israeli ambassador shreds UN charter with tiny shredder

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The United Nations General Assembly has enhanced Palestine’s rights within the organisation and called for it to be accepted as a member. The outcome saw an immediate rebuke from Israel, with the country’s UN ambassador Gilad Erdan destroying the UN charter with a tiny shredder in front of the assembly.

Palestine has had non-member observer state status since 2012, which allows some rights short of a full member. Membership can only be decided upon by the UN Security Council.

The US recently vetoed a bid for full membership, but Friday’s vote can be seen as a gesture of support for the Palestinians.

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