U.N Vote

Palestinians Party After U.N. Recognizes Palestine as a Non-Member State (Photos)

Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 29 after the U.N. General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine as a non-member state.

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Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 29 after the U.N. General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine as a non-member state.

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With 41 abstentions, the U.N. vote was 138-9 in Palestine's favor, granting them non-member statehood status. 

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A Palestinian youth tries to fix the his flag on top of the Israeli separation barrier as Palestinians gather to celebrate near an Israeli military tower at the main entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.  

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Palestinians celebrate in the streets of Ramallah, the West Bank. 

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Palestinians wave flags out of their car windows in celebration of the historic United Nations decision. 

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The move to include Palestine in the United Nations as a non-member observer state is a major diplomatic triumph for Mahmoud Abbas in the face of fierce opposition from the United States and Israel. 

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The United States, Israel, and Canada were among a small minority in the United Nations General Assembly to vote against upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state.