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Declaration of Palestinian state in Algeria 1988

In 2018, the Algerian postal services issued a sheet in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the declaration of the Palestinian state in 1988.

The historical event

On November 15, 1988, the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), met in Algeria to adopt a declaration of independence of the state of Palestine.

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Sheet from Algeria commemoration the 30th anniversary of the declaration of the Palestinian state.

The declaration of the Palestinian state in 1988, was written by the famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and read by the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. It proclaimed an independent State of Palestine on the Palestinian soil with Jerusalem as its capital.

Except from the declaration:

“Based on the natural, historical and legal right of the Palestinian Arab people to their homeland Palestine and the sacrifices of their successive generations in defense of the freedom and independence of their homeland and on the basis of the resolutions of the Arab summits, and the strength of international legitimacy embodied by United Nations resolutions since 1947, and in the exercise by the Palestinian Arab people of their right to self-determination, political independence and sovereignty over his land, The National Council announces, in the name of God and in the name of the Palestinian Arab people, the establishment of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian land, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif (The holy Jerusalem) as its capital.”

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The top-right part of the Sheet issued by Algeria in 2018 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the declaration of the Palestinian state.

International consequences

This declaration had a very important consequences, as more than 90 states recognized the state of Palestine in the year following the declaration. The United Nations general assembly saluted the declaration. The Palestine liberation organization who had a status of observer in the United Nations General Assembly was authorize to change its name into “Palestine”. 
 This declaration paved the way to the recognition of the “State of Palestine” as an observer state member of United Nations.

Description of the sheet:

The top-right side of the sheet features a stamp with the drawing of dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The bottom-left side show the Algerian and Palestinian flags with two doves symblozing peace.

The face value was 70 Algerian Dinars.

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