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Israel: Clashes Begin in the West Bank as Palestinians Submit UN Statehood Bid, Will Not Recognize a Jewish state

By AMY TEIBEL and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH – “UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Defying U.S. and Israeli opposition, Palestinians asked the United Nations on Friday to accept them as a member state, sidestepping nearly two decades of troubled negotiations in the hope this dramatic move on the world stage would reenergize their quest for an independent homeland.

In the West Bank, the core of that hoped-for state, a Palestinian man was shot dead in a clash with Israeli soldiers and settlers as antagonisms flared over the statehood bid.

Earlier in the week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rebuffed an intense, U.S.-led effort to sway him from the statehood bid, saying he would submit the application to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon as planned.

‘We’re going without any hesitation and continuing despite all the pressures,’ Abbas told members of the Palestinian diaspora at a hotel in New York on Thursday night. ‘We seek to achieve our right and we want our independent state.’ Shortly before noon on Friday, Ban’s spokesman tweeted, ‘President Abbas just handed the Palestinian application to the Secretary-General UNSG.'” Read more.

Bloodshed in West Bank before Abbas speech – “Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian in the West Bank on Friday during a confrontation between Palestinians and settlers in the village of Qusra, a local Palestinian official said. Hany Abu Murad, the mayor of the village where the violence occurred, named the dead person as Essam Kamal Badran, 35. The incident occurred in Qusra, southeast of the Palestinian city of Nablus. Earlier Friday, violence broke out in and around the East Jerusalem area on Friday when Palestinian youths hurled rocks at security forces in the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud.” Read more.

Abbas: ‘I respond to them with a final answer. We shall not recognize a Jewish state’ – “Friday afternoon, Abbas said he is adamant about not recognizing Israel as the Jewish state. ‘They talk to us about the Jewish state, but I respond to them with a final answer: We shall not recognize a Jewish state,’ Abbas said in a meeting with some 200 senior representatives of the Palestinian community in the US, shortly before taking the podium and delivering a speech at the United Nations General Assembly. The Palestinian leader, who appeared fatigued, shared with his audience the global pressures exerted on him in an effort to prevent him from presenting the PA’s statehood bid at the Security Council.’We are withstanding these pressures, and I’m telling you that I am going to the Security Council and will never change my mind, regardless of the pressure,’ he said.” Read more.

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