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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - President of the Palestinan National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, center, celebrates with members of his delegation and other supporters after the U.N. General Assembly's historic vote to recognize Palestine as its 194th State at U.N. Headquarters, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Avaaz)

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AVAAZ - President of the Palestinan National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, center, celebrates with members of his delegation and other supporters after the U.N. General Assembly's historic vote to recognize Palestine as its 194th State at U.N. Headquarters, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Avaaz)

Palestinians celebrate resolution

Euphoric Palestinians erupted in cheers, set off fireworks and chanted "God is great" after the United Nations endorsed an independent state of Palestine, giving sweeping international backing to their demands for sovereignty over lands Israel occupied in 1967.