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President Abbas to visit South Africa for Mandela memorial service
Published Sunday 08/12/2013 (updated) 09/12/2013 11:40
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JOHANNESBURG (Ma'an) -- Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will participate in the memorial service for the iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela in South Africa next week, sources told Ma'an.

A high-level Palestinian delegation will accompany Abbas to South Africa for the services, which begin on Tuesday and are scheduled to continue until the late South African leader's burial next Saturday in the Eastern Cape.

In statements on Friday following Mandela's death, 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."

At that time, he described Mandela as the "most courageous and important of those who supported us."

Separately, the public information officer of the Embassy of Palestine to South Africa Tamir al-Masri wrote in a Facebook post that former South African president Thabo Mbeki accompanied the Palestinian ambassador to the home of the Mandela family to offer condolences last week.

Nelson Mandela was a frequent advocate of the Palestinian cause.

Mandela called Israel a "terror state" in October 1990 during a visit to Australia, lambasting Israel for "slaughtering defenseless and innocent Arabs in the occupied territories."

"We don't regard that as acceptable," he continued.

In an interview in June 1990 with ABC News, meanwhile, Mandela said, "We identify with the PLO because, just like ourselves, they are fighting for the right of self-determination."
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1 ) j / usa
08/12/2013 13:27
Fake president visits ex fake president

2 ) Moe Moe / Usa
08/12/2013 15:58
RACIST MINDS SPREAD IGNORANCE. THAT IS EXACT DESCRIPTION TO #1,COMMENT.THERE in not a single world leader who descripe Mr. Mandela as fake, not even Zionist leaders. Like the shining Peres.ISN'T THAT WIERD TO label both presidents as fake??????????? THAT IS WHAT I CALL PURE ARROGANCE AT THE HIGHIEST LEVELS.

3 ) southparkbear / usa
08/12/2013 17:40
don't forget to check the yield on secret bank accounts there

4 ) j / usa
08/12/2013 18:35
To #2. Hamas which is palestinian don't even recognizes abbas as president so before u say something read some other material. And speaking of raciasm calling israeli leaders zionist. Israel is a same sovereign country as usa. And mr meandala called israel terror state in 1990 and palestinians they the one who kill innocent people

5 ) Mel / USA
08/12/2013 19:39
Abbas,the unelected head of Israel's local factional proxy,the PA,thrives under Israel apartheid,but he travels(with Israeli permit)from W/Bank(Palestine's equivalent of S/Africa's 'Sun City')resort for relatively wealthy politicians,to a now-free black South Africa to visit a democratically-elected black President,to mourn the loss of a brave,guerrilla,RESISTANCE leader when it should be Hamas' leaders too,from Israel's Warsaw Ghetto,of Gaza,who go & honor a man D.C. also labelled "terrorist".

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/12/2013 00:12
To j #4: '...And speaking of raciasm calling israeli leaders zionist. Israel is a same sovereign country as usa...' Don't give up your day job.
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