Partition plan approved by more than 2/3; 33 to 13

It has been 70 years since the historic UN vote.

November 29, 2017 11:16

This Week in History: The UN Partition Plan announced. (photo credit: ARCHIVE)

FLUSHING MEADOW, Saturday (U.P.) — When the plan for the Partition of Palestine and the setting up of Jewish and Arab States appeared certain enough votes to pass the General Assembly today, the Arab States in a last-ditch effort to prevent this, proposed the establishment of a federated state based on the canton system which the Jews and Arabs would be separated as far as possible.

The Arab motion, which was attacked as a move to sabotage the UN Partition plan, was opposed by the rapporteur of the Ad Hoc Committee, Mr. Thors, and by the delegate of the United States, Mr. H. Johnson, who asked the Charmian, Dr. Aranha, to call for a vote on the Ad Hoc Committee's recommendation for Partition. Mr. Aranha ruled that the delegates would have to vote on the partition plan after hearing last minute appeals by Iran and Syria. Mr. Johnson, said: "There is nothing conciliatory in this," and he was supported by the Soviet Delegate. The vote was taken; 33 said Yes, 13 No and 10 abstained; One was absent.

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