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Israeli right wing activists demonstrate against the Palestinian U.N. bid for observer state status, in front of the U.N. headquarters in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state on Thursday but success could exact a high price: delaying an independent state of Palestine because of Israel's vehement opposition. Hebrew on sign reads: "Abu Mazen's workers." (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

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.