Palestinian women demonstrate in support of UN bid

Activists march at Israeli-army controlled Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah, East Jerusalem
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Palestinian women, joined by foreign peace activists and left-wing Israelis, hold up placards calling for a Palestinian state with full UN membership during a protest at the Qalandia Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank, near Ramallah, on September 17, 2011.(AFP/Getty Images)
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The Palestinians are preparing to submit a formal request to become the 194th member of the United Nations when the General Assembly begins its meetings on September 20, despite US and Israeli opposition (AFP/Getty Images)
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A foreign peace activist joins Palestinian women in a demonstration to demand a Palestinian state with full UN membership (AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian women and children wave national flags as they demonstrate at the Qalandia Israeli checkpoint (AFP/Getty Images)
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According to news agency WAFA, another group of demonstrators that included Israeli and foreign supporters arrived at the checkpoint from the Jerusalem side but were prevented from crossing it to join the protest on the Palestinian side (AFP/Getty Images)
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President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he would demand full membership of the United Nations for a Palestinian state when he goes to the UN General Assembly next week, setting up a diplomatic clash with Israel and the United States (AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian women rest in the shad while smoke billows from tyres set on fire during a demonstration in front of the Qalandia check point on September 17, 2011, at the entrance of Jerusalem to support the Palestinian bid to the UN to become the 194th member state (AFP/Getty Images)
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Reporters gather around a Palestinian woman who identified herself as Neda, from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, sits in defiance within the crossing point of Qalandia (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian woman takes a photograph with her mobile phone of tyres set on fire during a demonstration in front of the Qalandia check point (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian woman who identified herself as Neda, from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, sit in defiance within the crossing point of Qalandia at the entrance of Jerusalem. Both Israel and its main ally, the US, firmly oppose Abbas' initiative, arguing that a Palestinian state can only be created through direct negotiations (AFP/Getty Images)

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