Mahmoud Abbas speech to the UN – projected on The Wall in Bethlehem

A great shot — photo of Palestinians watching Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the United Nations in New York just before the vote to upgrade the status of Palestine to state. The TV broadcast of the Abbas address in New York was projected onto The Wall at the main checkpoint in Bethlehem.

Mahmoud Abbas address to UN in NY projected on The Wall in Bethlehem - 29 Novemer 2012
Mahmoud Abbas speaking at the UN in NY projected on The Wall in Bethlehem - 29 Nov 2012 - photo by George Hale

The photo was taken by George Hale, English-language editor of Ma’an News Agency in Bethlehem, and sent out via Twitter:
@georgehale Photo – Scene in Bethlehem where Abbas’ UN speech was screened on Israel’s wall pic.twitter.com/sUTT6KjQ

Shortly after this speech, the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of Palestine in the United Nations by a vote of 138 in favor, 9 opposed [including Israel, the U.S., and Canada] and 41 abstentions.