Palestinians: The Search for Statehood – in pictures

Al Akhbar | English | September 24, 2011

The Palestinian struggle for statehood and the right to self-determination predates the recent attempt to gain recognition at the UN by decades and will not cease should the latest bid fail. Despite being repeatedly shunned by the International Community, Palestinians continue to express their desire for liberation in a myriad ways.

A sticker bearing the slogan “State of Palestine”, part of a campaign to support the Palestinian UN bid for statehood, is seen on barbed wire at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah on September 22, 2011. (Photo: AFP – Marco Longari)

An elderly Palestinian refugee holds his old ID card in the Shatila refugee camp in the southern suburbs of Beirut. (Photo: AFP)

Zena, a 6-year-old Belgian-Palestinian girl, waves a Palestinian flag during a protest in central Brussels. (Photo: REUTERS – Francois Lenoir)

A Jewish man holds a sign during a protest against the Israeli government as they demand for the recognition of Palestinian statehood outside the U.N. headquarters in New York September 22, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS – Eduardo Munoz)

Palestinian Abdul Rahim Bishrat, an official representative from the herding community of al Hadidya stands near his livestock in the Jordan Valley. (Photo: REUTERS – Darren Whiteside)

A Palestinian refugee student peers from behind a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school door at Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon. (Photo: REUTERS – Ali Hashisho)

A Palestinian woman holds up a sticker which reads: “UN 194 Palestinian State” during a rally in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid for statehood recognition in the United Nations (UN), at Mar Elias camp in Beirut. (Photo: REUTERS – Sharif Karim)

A Palestinian youth gestures as he holds a flag in front of the Israeli apartheid wall during clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli troops at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: REUTERS – Darren Whiteside)

Israeli troops take position during clashes with Palestinian protestors at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah September 23, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS – Darren Whiteside)

An Israeli border policeman aims his rifle, at protesters during clashes that erupted between Israeli troops and Palestinian protestors at Qalandiya checkpoint September 21, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS – Darren Whiteside)

Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS – Mike Segar)

A formal letter asking for Palestine to be recognized as a state sits in front of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon after he received it from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, during the 66th UN General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 23, 2011. (Photo: AFP – Emmanuel Dunand)


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