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

Published on: January 6, 2013 01:01 PM
By: AP
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A 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.  EPA/THAER GANAIM/ALESTINIAN Ramallah, West Bank - 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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Read Comments (3)  —  Post Yours »


 Jan 06, 2013 at 01:25 PM common-sense Says:

A skunk by any other name smells just as foul


 Jan 06, 2013 at 03:48 PM Natanyahu Says:

If it walks like a duck & quacks like duck, it must be a ..... TERRORIST!!


 Jan 06, 2013 at 05:04 PM Anonymous Says:

better yet name it "state of terror."... thats a good name,,,i


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