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Palestinians take part in a rally in support of the efforts of President Mahmoud Abbas (pictured in poster) to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, in Gaza City November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. Photo by Ashraf Amra