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It's largely symbolic, and the outcome is nearly assured -- but it's nonetheless an historic vote.

The U.N. General Assembly is expected to decide this Thursday on whether to grant the Palestinians a new diplomatic status -- that of non-member observer state.

The move is opposed by Israel and the US and the UK is warning it may abstain.

But the measure only requires a majority and has already gained the support of two-thirds of U.N. member nations.

So what would moving from "entity" to "non-member observer state" actually mean for the Palestinians?

CNC World asked some leading academics.
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