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Palestinians celebrate UN vote (PHOTOS)

The United Nations General Assembly voted in an overwhelming majority on Thursday for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to be recognized as a non-member observer state.

Out of the 193-member assembly, 138 countries supported the PA bid. Nine, including the United States and Israel, opposed the resolution. There were 41 abstentions.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the diplomatic victory a "birth certificate" for the Palestinian state.

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US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice criticized the vote, saying, "Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace."

GlobalPost's correspondent in Israel, Noga Tarnopolsky, said the vote will change very little for Palestinians.

"Until various conditions are met ― including the definition of permanent Palestinian borders, security arrangements and agreement regarding its armed forces ― Palestine will not have a vote in the international body," she said.

But that didn't stop the vote's emotional power from sweeping the streets of Ramallah and beyond.

Whether impotent and symbolic, counterproductive, or a step towards final recognition by the UN Security Council, Palestinians in the West Bank took to the streets and heralded the UN vote as a decisive victory. Here's a look at their celebration.

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (C) and the delegation celebrate after the United Nations General Assembly voted to approve a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state Nov. 29, 2012 at UN headquarters in New York City.

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Palestinians watch on a giant screen Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speak to the United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 29, 2012, in Ramallah.

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Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah after the General Assembly voted to recognise Palestine as a non-member state on Nov. 29, 2012.

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The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a non-member state.

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Palestinian supporters of Fatah (L) and Hamas (R) celebrate together in Gaza City early on Nov 30, 2012.

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Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Nov. 29, 2012.

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Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron listen to Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas address to the United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 29, 2012.

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Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah holding placards with pictures of Yasser Arafat and President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Nov. 29, 2012.

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A man tries to fix the Palestinian National flag at the Israeli separation barrier as Palestinians gather near the main entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Nov. 29, 2012.

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