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UN Assembly overwhelmingly approves Palestinian proposal to raise flag at UN headquarters

  • FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2014 file photo, activists wave Palestinian flags as Pope Francis celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's square at the Vatican. On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution allowing the Palestinians and the Holy See to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters, a symbolic step pursued by the Palestinians in their quest for an independent state.  (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2014 file photo, activists wave Palestinian flags as Pope Francis celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's square at the Vatican. On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution allowing the Palestinians and the Holy See to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters, a symbolic step pursued by the Palestinians in their quest for an independent state. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2007, file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York. The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, allowing the Palestinians and the Holy See to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters — a symbolic step pursued by the Palestinians in their quest for an independent state. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2007, file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York. The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, allowing the Palestinians and the Holy See to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters — a symbolic step pursued by the Palestinians in their quest for an independent state. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the Palestinians' proposal to raise their flag, along with that of the Holy See, at U.N. headquarters — a symbolic step in the Palestinians' pursuit of statehood.

Israel has strongly objected to the proposal.

The resolution allows non-member observer states to raise their flags. The Palestinians and the Vatican are the only two observers. The Holy See has backed away from the effort, saying it will not raise its flag before Pope Francis visits the U.N. later this month.

The Palestinians say they would like President Mahmoud Abbas to raise their flag after he addresses the General Assembly's gathering of world leaders Sept. 30.

The U.N. says it will be guided by Thursday's non-binding vote. The resolution allows 20 days for implementation.