The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, triggering scenes of joy on the streets of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas speaks to the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. The UN assembly voted 138-9 to recognize Palestine as non-member state.
In a major defeat for the United States and Israel, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas won what he called a "birth certificate" for a Palestinian state, with the backing of 138 countries in the 193 member assembly.
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