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International Day of Solidarity with….guess who?

Why is this not surprising? Among its days of commemoration, today is the UN’s official International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Why, out of all the people in the world, are the Palestinians the only ones to which an entire day is dedicated? We’ve had a look at the others, which, by the way, range from the meaningful: World Press Freedom Day; to the obscure: Day of Vesak (anyone? anyone?); and to the downright strange: International Mother Language Day. No other nation or ethnic group is singled out. Even the UN’s Holocaust Remembrance Day avoids mentioning the word “Jew” in its description.

We’re genuinely wondering what the Palestinians will do when they achieve statehood, and can no longer claim a special status? After all, it will be tough after so many years of extra attention to actually share the international agenda with the rest of the globe.

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