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Bethlehem Students Hopeful for Palestinian Statehood

A Palestinian child takes part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership, outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on 15 Sept. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would ask the United Nations to recognize an independent Palestinian state when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on 23 Sept. (photo: CNS/Ammar Awad, Reuters)  

The students noted that despite their support for the move, they had no expectations of peace coming to the region any time soon. There would still be extremists and attacks, said Sireen Nuaimi, 19, a business administration student, but she said while Palestinians have much to lose, they also have much to gain.

In some ways their lives would remain very much the same as now; no one is expecting the military checkpoints to suddenly come down and for the economy to begin to flourish, the students said.

But a Palestinian state would give them a window of hope.

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