The United States denounced Israeli plans for new settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in the wake of a historic UN vote to upgrade Palestine's diplomatic status, calling them a setback to peace.
A Palestinian protester throws a stone toward an Israeli bulldozer on the sidelines of a demonstration against expropriations by Israel in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus, on Friday. AFP
On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a resolution recognising Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member observer state.
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