On 29 May 2014 it will be 50 years since the establishment of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and its military wing, the Palestinian Liberation Army.
The goal was and is an independent, sovereign state in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, territory occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War. The manner in which the Palestinians mark the 50th anniversary - with a megaphone on their effort to become a full United Nations member state or with renewed violence, or both -- is likely to depend on whether they see any net movement toward the founding goal over 50 years. Bloodshed on both sides and negotiations have yielded limited autonomy for Palestinians in the occupied territory, but the only other forward movement has been on the diplomatic front; in Nov 2012 the United Nations upgraded the status of Palestinians to a non-member observer state. Meanwhile, Israel continues to build settlements in occupied territory.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20