Israelis, Palestinians march for Palestinian state

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Some 1,000 Israelis and Palestinians gathered in east Jerusalem on Friday for a protest march to support the Palestinian bid for United Nations recognition. The marchers waved Palestinian flags and carried signs reading “marching to independence” and “only free people can negotiate for peace,” an AFP photographer said.
The Palestinians plan to ask the UN General Assembly to recognise a Palestinian state when the world body gathers in September, a move opposed by Israel, which says progress can only be made through negotiations.
“This march has been considered by many as carrying special significance, since it will serve as a litmus test for the extent of popular support among Israelis and Palestinians for the diplomatic efforts for a declaration of independence,” organisers said in a statement.