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The United Nations General Assembly took place yesterday in New York, with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani stating some harsh truths in regards to the UN’s lack of real power, as well as thought-provoking sentiments about the current situation in the Middle East. He highlighted the situation in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, and Libya and criticized the US’ handle on its policy in Syria. Here’s a list of five awesome statements made by the Emir at the UN (it was hard to pick just five):
1. “Theoretically, the majority of the countries of the world stood by the Syrian people, but practically they were left alone supported only by some loyal friends.”
2. “So, the options are narrowing and Israel has either to go for the two-state solution or to opt for establishing a system of apartheid. And does Israel really think that it could maintain a system of apartheid in the 21st century?”
3. “There must not be a discrimination between the lives of civilians whether in Istanbul or Gaza, New York or Aleppo, etc. There is no life that is more qualitatively valuable than another life.”
4. “It is no longer possible to ignore the weakness of the United Nations' legal and institutional system and its inability in many cases to apply standards of justice and fairness to the mechanisms of its functioning.”
5. “Qatar supports over ten million children around the world in addition to promoting the potentiality of 1.2 million Arab youth to empower them to be active and productive in their communities.”
Check out the video of the speech here, and the full transcript in English here.
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