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Palestinians rally, celebrate as UN upgrades their status
A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Nov. 29 to support a resolution giving implicit recognition to Palestinian statehood.Marko Djurica / Reuters
By NBC News and wire services:
The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution on Thursday giving implicit recognition to Palestinian statehood despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding funds for the West Bank government.
A resolution that lifts the Palestinian Authority's U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," like the Vatican, easily passed the 193-nation General Assembly with 138 nations voting in favor, with 41 abstaining, including the United Kingdom. Nine were opposed. Full Story