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Six words before the Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

As the world looks to New York to see whether the Palestinians will apply for unilateral statehood, human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Centre have a message to share.

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Australia set to vote against Palestinian bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

The Australian government is expected to announce within 24 hours that it will vote against a Palestinian attempt to unilaterally declare statehood.

The Palestinian Authority is set to apply to the Security Council for full membership during the United Nations session on Friday.

The move has been vocally opposed by the US and Israel, but is supported by many EU countries.

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Abbas: Palestinian UN bid will make things difficult

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

The Palestinian president has admitted that a unilateral bid for statehood will open a "difficult" situation in Middle East politics.

Mahmoud Abbas made the comments ahead of Friday's UN session in which the Palestinians are expected to ask the Security Council for full membership.

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Britain to back Palestinian UN bid 'on condition'

September 16, 2011

The British government will only back a Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN next week under stringent conditions, a Foreign Office official said today.

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Jack Staw urges UK to back Palestinian state at UN

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has called on MPs to support Palestinian plans for a unilateral statehood bid at the UN.

The British government has not confirmed whether it will support the Palestinians if a vote goes ahead, although the US has already vowed not to back the move.

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Jimmy Carter offers suport for Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

Former President Jimmy Carter has given his backing to Palestinian plans unilaterally to declare statehood at the UN later this month.

Mr Carter, who oversaw the Camp David negotiations which secured peace between Israel and Egypt while in office, is well-known as a critic of the Israeli government.

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Gaza and West Bank in timely dispute

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have found another subject to argue over.

As of this week, the two are now separated by an hour – not in terms of how long it takes to travel from one to the other, but in terms of time.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, moved the clocks back an hour at the beginning of Ramadan to make the fast easier.

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Arab League to Abbas: UN bid in September is 'dangerous'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

The general secretary of the Arab League has urged the Palestinian president to reconsider bidding for unilateral statehood at the United Nations next month.

Nabil El Araby made the comment in light of the heightened tension between Israel and Gaza, which was sparked when terrorists struck three separate locations in southern Israel last week, killing eight people.

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Israel divided as PA declares statehood bid

August 18, 2011

The Palestinian Authority formally announced last weekend that it would seek unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders at the United Nations General Assembly next month. The Israeli government is still divided on how best to respond to the challenge.

At least 120 UN member-states are expected to support Palestinian statehood at the General Assembly.

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Date set for Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

The Palestinians are planning to take their unilateral bid for independence to the United Nations on September 20.

The Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki, revealed the date in an interview with the AFP news agency on Saturday.

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