The Palestinians are hoping to secure a seat at the United Nations next month. They already have the chair for it.

Palestinian activists said Monday they would take the chair on an international tour to dramatize the Palestinian Authority's quest for UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

The wooden chair is covered with embroidered blue upholstery featuring a Palestinian flag and the word "Palestine."

It will be shown to diplomats in countries with influence at the UN, including Britain, Russia and Lebanon, this month's rotating Security Council president. The chair's final stop is the UN.

Activist Waled Nazzar says the chair symbolizes the Palestinians' conviction that they deserve UN membership.

Israel and the United States oppose the Palestinian statehood bid, saying a state must be established through negotiations.