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Bethlehem mayor hails 'birth of the state of Palestine'
Published Friday 30/11/2012 (updated) 01/12/2012 18:16
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Palestinians take part in a rally where President Mahmoud Abbas'
speech is projected on Israel's barrier in the West Bank city of
Bethlehem Nov. 29, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Recently elected mayor Vera Ghattas Baboun on Friday thanked "all the nations and peoples who voted for the right of us Palestinians to live in dignity."

"Only courageous hearts can bring change, and you are one among them," she said in an emailed statement, referring to citizens of the 138 countries that backed Palestine's UN upgrade on Thursday.

"In Christmas season, we continuously celebrate in Bethlehem the bliss of birth and rebirth. Bethlehem as the rest of the Palestinian cities is celebrating now the birth of the state of Palestine.

"At the moment, children, youth, and elders are rejoicing the victory of humanity in bringing justice to the Palestinians," Baboun said. "Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy."

Meanwhile the governor of Ramallah and al-Bireh hailed President Mahmoud Abbas' remarks and the outcome of the vote upgrading Palestine's UN status.

Laila Ghanam said "all Palestinian people felt that they have the will to change, despite all pressure and threats."

She thanked countries supporting the bid and said the nine which voted against it had demonstrated they do not care about Palestinian human rights or international norms.
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1 ) Debra Bowser / Canada
02/12/2012 01:42
Congratulations to all Palestinians. Canadians are overjoyed at this first step to freedom despite what our current leader has stated and voted. We our in the process of getting rid of our leaders so we can regain our democratic rights here again. I hope peace and prosperity comes to Palestine soon. Love to each one of you for showing the world dignity.

2 ) Robert / US
09/12/2012 03:39
I second that Debra !!!
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