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Palestinians Protest Over Obama's UN Speech

Around a thousand people demonstrated in support the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Around 1,000 Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 22 to protest against U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to the United Nations.

Also in response to Obama's speech, the Palestinian workers union said it was planning to issue a call for rallies to take place after the main weekly Muslim prayers on Friday outside U.S. embassies across the Arab world.

On September 21, Obama told Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas that the United States will veto any Security Council move to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

Earlier, Obama told the UN General Assembly that only direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinian could lead to a Palestinian state.

"Ultimately, it's the Israelis and the Palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on issues that divide them: on borders and on security, on refugees and Jerusalem," he said. "Ultimately, peace depends upon compromise among peoples who must live together long after our speeches are over, long after our votes have been tallied."

Obama later met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and assured him of unwavering U.S. support.

Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas is planning to formally ask for UN recognition on September 23.

compiled from agency reports

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