Palestinians to raise flag at UN for first time

The General Assembly voted September 10 to allow the flags of Palestine, pictured, and the Vatican -- both have observer status -- to be raised at the world body alongside those of member statesThe Palestinians will raise their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday in what president Mahmud Abbas calls a beacon of hope at a time of growing despair of achieving an independent state. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Abbas will preside over the 15-minute ceremony in the rose garden, to begin at 1:00pm (1700 GMT) shortly after the Palestinian leader addresses the General Assembly. Abbas, 80, called it “our moment of hope,” in an op-ed published by The Huffington Post on the eve of the ceremony.

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