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Abbas: UN recognition a turning point in struggle against occupation
Published Saturday 22/12/2012 (updated) 25/12/2012 14:04
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Recognition of Palestine as a non-member state in the UN General Assembly is a historic accomplishment for the Palestinian people, President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday.

He called it a major turning point in the struggle against occupation because the Palestinian land has become "a property of a state under occupation," annulling Israel’s claim that it is a contested land.

Abbas’ remarks came as he inaugurated the fifth session of his party Fatah’s consultative council. The session was given the banner of “statehood and international legitimacy”.

The president added, according to the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa, that his leadership insisted on going to the UN despite huge international pressure. The main motive was to protect the inalienable Palestinian national rights, and to save the peace process and the two-state from the Israeli plans to thwart them, he said.

“We went to the UN supported with a united Arab position which came via the Arab follow-up committee, and we obtained unprecedented international voting in favor of the mighty Palestinian people, which was a confirmation that this people have the right to self determination and an independent state.”

Abbas reiterated that Israeli settlement activities of all kinds on the Palestinian land are illegal and completely rejected. The newly announced Israeli projects in area E1, added Abbas, “is a red line which we will not allow, and for that end we are having contacts at all levels.”

With regard to reconciliation between Palestinian rivals, Abbas asserted that elections would be the right path to achieve reconciliation. He reminded that Fatah and Hamas had agreed in meetings in Doha and Cairo to carry out elections.

“Thus, Hamas should allow the Central Elections Commission to resume its operations in the Gaza Strip so as to complete preparation for both presidential and legislative elections as well as Palestinian National Council elections.”

In his speech, Abbas also addressed the rumors about confederation between Palestine and Jordan, yet without giving any details. “We are now focusing on achieving complete independence and sovereignty of the Palestinian state on the pre-1967 territory with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
22/12/2012 16:05
yes from now on money doesn't come by easily

2 ) true .Israeli construction / in Jerusalem is
22/12/2012 17:29
going to explode

3 ) lalaland / dheisheh
22/12/2012 17:42
he is a great president

4 ) xxxxxxxxxx / no land
22/12/2012 18:13
I think that Abbas has done more for the Palestinian people than anyone has done before, I would love to see the people ruled by just one president and his chosen cabinet and do away with the Hamas, and Fatah, and their flowers. Only use the military for fighting just to protect their land and their people not to use the military to shoot their own people, the military should only take direction from whom the presidents selects to be in charge of the military. Just follow Abbas,letthepeoplevote

5 ) Reader / from Edmonton
22/12/2012 18:23
Who is a citizen of Palestine? Is each registered Palestinian refugee a citizen of Palestine? Is every legal resident within the pre-1967 territory a citizen? Who is eligible for Palestinian citizenship? Where is the list? President Abbas, you must decide: refugees are waiting to return to Palestine.

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
22/12/2012 19:04
President Abbas is correct, that "UN recognition is a TURNING POINT in struggle against occupation," but it is FOR THE WORSE.

7 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
22/12/2012 21:28
We need a turning point in the struggle over the occupation of the USA and Australia. If the UN recognized "Palestine" then it should readily recognize the Aborigines in Australia and the Sioux, Navajo, Mohawk, Huron, Ojibway, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Hopi, Algonquin and dozens of other legitimate nations whose lands were occupied and stolen by the likes of Colin Wright and Mel.

8 ) so why are you threatening / to give the keys
22/12/2012 21:42
of the sulta to BIBI?

9 ) julie / japan
23/12/2012 00:21
fkoff

10 ) Tibi / Tubas
23/12/2012 00:38
1- The PA has NO taxes to pay their bills or salaries, and 2- The PA can only watch as the E1 Jewish constructions cuts the Arab West Bank Areas A/B in half, Nort to South, and 3- If this is "the turning point", then Pals were better-off without it !!!

11 ) LegalEagle / USA
23/12/2012 14:41
This all sounds good. However, the proof will be in action taken to the UN and the ICC, being now BELIEVED to be potent with teeth in it via the new statehood status. The question remains whether or not the UN and ICC are not themselves Zionist controlled. If so, what chance to the Pals have with a rigged court? The other factor is how binidng is the Abrahamic Covenant upon which Ishmael and Isaac both make their claims and who is lawfully able to administer such and settle the century old feud?

12 ) Outlier / USA
24/12/2012 04:19
Or it could be a dead end. Still waiting for Abbas to begin negotiations. There will be no independent Palestine without a negotiated, binding agreement with Israel.

13 ) Filipe / Portugal
24/12/2012 08:49
Turning point !!!! I'll say !!!!! You just got a whopping reduction in your welfare payments !!! You're on your own now !!!!
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