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Abbas: Mandela 'a symbol of liberation from colonialism, occupation'
Published Friday 06/12/2013 (updated) 07/12/2013 14:13
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas declared a day of mourning Friday following the death of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, according to Palestinian media.

Offering condolences to Mandela's family, to the people of South Africa, and to the world at large, Abbas ordered that flags be lowered to half-mast across Palestine, the PA's Wafa News Agency reported.

Mandela was a brave man who supported the Palestinian people, Abbas said.

"The Palestinian people will never forget his historic statement that the South African revolution will not have achieved its goals as long as the Palestinians are not free," Abbas said.

He described Mandela as the "most courageous and important of those who supported us."

Many Palestinians have taken inspiration from Mandela's successful struggle against apartheid in their decades-long struggle to end Israeli occupation and settlement of the West Bank.

"The name Mandela will stay forever with Palestine and with all Palestinians," Abbas said.

A leader and a freedom fighter, Mandela was a symbol of liberation from colonialism and occupation for all people, Abbas said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to Mandela as "a man of vision and a freedom fighter who disavowed violence."

Despite his pacifist instincts, Mandela never renounced violence in the struggle against apartheid and his African National Congress had an active military wing during his long incarceration.

Mandela died late Thursday at the age of 95.

AFP contributed to this report
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1 ) Jerusalemite / Palestine
06/12/2013 11:19
I wish if Mr President Abbas use the same method with Israelis in order to dismantle the Nazi-Zionist Israel. My condolences for Great Black People in South-Africa.

2 ) Reader / UK
06/12/2013 11:22
I hppe that the Israeli right wing govt will learn from this great man ' Mr Mandela' about the consequences of apartheid.

3 ) @ Jerusalemite-1 & Reader-2 / USA
06/12/2013 15:58
1- President Abbas can NOT use the same method with Israelis,
because the "Black People's (citizens) situation in South-Africa
is NOT the same (or even similar) as Arab Non-citizens in Israel, and
2- Israel has No discriminatory Apartheid-like Laws, and in fact
Israel's Arab citizens help make the laws, in the Kenesset or Parliament.


4 ) Mitri I. Musleh / Canada
06/12/2013 17:09
Nelson Mandela had a vision of peace and cooperation to build a better future for all South Africa’s people. Can Prime Minister Netanyahu share the same vision of peace and cooperation to build a better future for the next generations of Palestinians and Israeli’s alike?

5 ) Carlos / usa
06/12/2013 19:42
3 is on drugs. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu have both said the Aparthied in israel is worse than the Aparthied practiced in South Africa. But the israeli government was strong allies with the South African Aparthied regime. israel tried to supply the South African Regime with nuclear weapons and tried to prop up Apartheid. The South Africans remember and I have enjoyed thier repeated condemnation of israeli terrrorism and brutality.

6 ) Paul / South Africa
06/12/2013 21:12
You Palestinian supporters all disgrace the name of this great man Mandela. He was my President & my hero. He had nothing in common with all you filthy criminals.

7 ) Outlier / USA
06/12/2013 21:34
In terms of vision, moral authority and courage, Abbas should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as Nelson Mandela - the gulf is that vast.

8 ) southparkbear / usa
06/12/2013 23:33
i read a similar posting in North Korea's news. must be that great minds think alike

9 ) Choucroute / France
07/12/2013 07:23
Hijacking Mandela

10 ) southparkbear / usa
07/12/2013 07:39
palestinian commentators jump on this reminds me of a zawahiri blaming the zionists and 'occupation' for 911

11 ) Ruben / France
08/12/2013 02:54
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” ? Nelson Mandela ... What else could I say?
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