Palestinians moblizing support for statehood

By the Associated Press | June 1, 2011 | 1:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians say they hope to mobilize countries, political leaders and millions of supporters on the ground to back their demand for recognition as an independent state in September.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. observer, said Wednesday that the Palestinian people are ready to take to the streets peacefully as they did in 1987, and follow in the footsteps of Tunisians and Egyptians, to demand an end to Israel's occupation and independence.

He indicated that Palestinian protests could be backed by millions of Arabs and supporters in countries from Indonesia to Europe and the U.S.

The United States, Israel's ally, is the main stumbling block to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state because of its veto in the Security Council.