Palestinians kickstart bid for full UN status
The Palestinians have officially launched their campaign to join the UN as a full member state, saying they will stage a series of peaceful events in the run-up to the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly later this month.
About 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 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
"Families of the tens of thousands of victims of Israeli occupation hope that you will exert all possible efforts toward the achievement of the Palestinian people's just demands," the letter says.
The letter was handed over by Latifa Abu Hmeid, a 70-year-old woman who lost a son in fighting with Israel.