According to the Palestine Press office in Italy, and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), on the 23rd of March Palestine became the 6th country to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, approved last year on the 7th of July at the UN.

The Treaty will enter into force when it has been ratified by 50 UN member states.  Ratification procedures vary by country.  Since the text’s approval, countries with nuclear weapons, in particular, have been putting pressure on countries to not ratify.

In this sense, Palestine’s signing, a practically unarmed country and in perpertual conflict with Israel, a country that has never admitted to possessing nuclear weapons despite protests from Israeli disarmament groups, is a particularly significant event.