Palestinians begin campaign for full member status at UN

RAMALLAH – The Palestinian people have officially launched their campaign to join the United Nations as a full member state, saying they will stage a series of peaceful events in the runup to the annual gathering of the UN general assembly this month, the ‘Guardian’ reported.

Some 100 Palestinian officials and activists gathered at the UN offices in Ramallah for a short ceremony, where they announced their plans in a letter addressed to the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. The letter was handed over by Latifa abu Hmeid, a 70-year-old woman who lost one son in fighting with Israel and has seven other sons in Israeli prisons because of alleged militant activities.

The campaign seeks recognition of an independent Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem – areas captured by Israel in the 1967 six-day war. Israel rejects a return to its 1967 lines.

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