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People wave Palestinian flags during a rally in Bethlehem

Anticipation – and apprehension in some quarters – is building as the United Nations General Assembly prepares to take up a vote to upgrade Palestinians at the U.N. from observer to non-member state status. The change bears huge significance as it would for the first time recognize Palestinians as a state entity affording them with certain rights and privileges that come with the status. Delegates from U.N. member nations say support for the upgrade is strong, but it will lack the backing of some key countries, most notably Israel and the United States.

Senior reporter Cecily Hilleary assembled a Storify social stream in an attempt to capture the mood surrounding the vote.

(The stream might not display on all mobile devices).

Cecily Hilleary

Cecily began her reporting career in the 1990s, covering US Middle East policy for Dubai-TV English. She has lived and/or worked in the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf regions, consulting and producing for several regional radio and television networks and production houses, including MBC, Al-Arabiya, the former Emirates Media Incorporated and Al-Ikhbaria. She brings to VOA and MEV a keen understanding of the region's top social, cultural and political issues.

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