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Palestinian Statehood: If not Now, When?

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Thousands filled "Yasser Arafat Square in central Ramallah on Wednesday (to) support" Palestinian statehood.

A huge displayed sign read "UN 194," signifying Palestine as the 194th member state.

Many waved Palestinian flags or condemned a threatened US veto.

Students got the day off to attend. The teachers union asked ministry of high education employees and directorates of education, private schools, and UNRWA ones to participate.

Thousands also turned out in Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron.

Fatah leader Mahmoud Al-Alul spoke for others, saying:

"Yes, we want to change the rules of the game because we spent a long time in negotiations, and we made every possible effort to achieve a just and honorable peace. This Israeli government (and previous ones don't seek it), but rather (want) settlement expansion to satisfy settlers."

The International Middle East Media Center said rallies are being held in many countries for Palestinian statehood, including America.

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