The votes are lining up for and against a Palestinian bid to upgrade their status at the United Nations. Palestinian officials hope the move will bring them new global recognition, and a possible legal weapon against Israeli settlement expansion. The World's Matthew Bell reports.

  • Palestinian officials Ahmed Hijazi (left) and Hanan Ashrawi spoke to reporters about the UN bid in Ramallah on Wednesday. (Photo: Mathew Bell)

  • Palestinian officials Ahmed Hijazi (left) and Hanan Ashrawi spoke to reporters about the UN bid in Ramallah on Wednesday. (Photo: Mathew Bell)

  • Israel and the Westbank (BBC/UN graphic)

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