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A masked Palestinian holds a Palestinian flag in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud September 23, 2011. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asks the United Nations on Friday to recognize a state for his people, even though Israel still occupies its territory and the U.S. has vowed to veto the move. Pictured in the background is Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount. Photo by Mahfouz Abu Turk