Sunday, 6 January 2013

Welcome to the ‘State of Palestine’

Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinians Change Their Name Following UN Bid

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Above photograph provided by the Palestinian Authority on 05 January 2013 shows the decree adopting the name State of Palestine and its logo to be used on official documents from the Palestinian Authority after it was signed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in the West bank town of Ramallah, on 03 January 2013.

The Palestinian president has ordered his government to officially change the name of the Palestinian Authority to “State of Palestine.”

The move follows the November decision by the United Nations to upgrade the Palestinians’ status to that of a “non-member observer state.”

President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that all official Palestinian stamps, stationery and documents will now bear the new name.

A statement from his office said the move was aimed at enhancing Palestinian “sovereignty on the ground” and was a step on the way to “real independence.” Israel still controls most of the West Bank.

Israel objected to the Palestinian statehood bid at the U.N., calling it a unilateral step aimed at bypassing direct peace negotiations. Abbas denied that.

Israel had no comment Sunday.

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