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Thousands of Palestinians rally for statehood
in the West Bank
Published yesterday (updated) 21/09/2011 21:36
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) –
Thousands rallied Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, as
Palestinians called on the United States to back down from its threats
to veto Palestine's bid for membership in the UN.
in Ramallah held signs and banners in anticipation of a UN initiative to
seek recognition of statehood from the UN Security Council, in defiance
of pressure from Israel and the United States.
Abbas says he is determined to press ahead with plans to submit a formal
application to UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday, while diplomatic sources
say he is weighing an offer to delay the bid.
early in Ramallah as scouts, students, civil servants and
representatives of national factions visited the tomb of late president
Yasser Arafat before they began marching to a central square.
The renowned PLO band Al-Asheqeen performed for an audience of
In Bethlehem, police officials offered an initial
estimate of 3,000 participants in a large rally held outside the
Nativity Church, the traditional site of the birth of Jesus. Local
clergy were among the speakers.
The largest rally was in Hebron,
a Ma'an correspondent reported.
The crowd covered an area of 2.5
kilometers between the square in the city center and the Al-Haras
quarter. The main celebrations, he added, were held in front of the
In Nablus, thousands gathered in the city
center while 30 activists from the anti-Zionist Jewish group Neturei
Karta joined the celebrations showing support for the Palestinian UN
Fatah leader Mahmoud Al-Alul, the former government of
Nablus, praised Abbas' stance on going to the Security Council despite
American warnings of the consequences.
“It has become evident
that the only person who dares to say no to the US nowadays is the
Palestinian president, Abu Mazen, and other Palestinian leaders,” he
“Yes, we want to change the rules of the game because we
spent a long time in negotiations, and we made every possible effort to
achieve just and honorable peace. This Israeli government is not one
that seeks peace, but rather seeks settlement expansion and seeks to
"To them we say that our top priority is the
interests of our people.”
In New York, US President Barack Obama
was to meet Abbas later in the day, just hours after meeting with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a US official said Tuesday.
Obama has called for negotiations to resume using the 1967
borders -- before the Six-Day war -- as a starting point for the
contours of an eventual Palestinian state.
European diplomats and
the Middle East Quartet -- comprising the EU, the US, the UN and Russia
-- were all seeking to head off a confrontation in the Security Council
on Friday, when Abbas will address the UN.
Sources close to the
negotiations, that asked to remain anonymous, said a focus was on trying
to buy time to allow a broader path toward resuming the direct
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks which have stalled since September 2010.
One possibility was that UN chief Ban Ki-moon does not hand over
Abbas's letter straight away to the Security Council, one European
source said, adding there were other "diplomatic airbags" that could be
used to defuse tensions.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who
met Tuesday with Abbas, was also expected to unveil a breakthrough
during his speech to the opening of the UN assembly in Wednesday, French
Abbas held a whirlwind of talks Tuesday in New York
on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly which opens Wednesday.
Palestinians Hold Massive Protests, Demand UN Membership
Wednesday September 21, 2011 16:32 by Alaa Ashkar - IMEMC & Agencies
Thousands of Palestinians are holding massive nonviolent protests to
express their support for the Palestinian President, Mahmoud
Abbas,who will be requesting a full membership at the United
Nations, after delivering his speech at the UN General Assembly on
Friday Sep 23. The rallies started in all districts of the West Bank
earlier on Wednesday, the Maan News Agency reported.
Protesters expressed their support for the Palestinian President,
urging him to submit the Palestinian bid to the UN General Assembly,
requesting Palestine’s membership as the 194th state at the
30 anti-Zionist Jewish rabbis of Neturei
Karta participated in a massive protest held by the Palestinians in
the northern West Bank city of Nablus, to express their support to
the Palestinian move.
A Rabbi of Neturei Karta stated in a
speech in front of thousands of protesters that Neturei Karta
supports President Abbas, adding that "the original Palestinian
Jews, feel the same pain the Palestinians feel, and the suffering
inflicted by the Zionists, we all know that Zionism does not belong
He added that the Palestinians have all rights
in this country, occupied by Israel, and that the "Zionism is the
enemy of God, the enemy of all religions, and the enemy of the
"We as Palestinian Jews affirm our support to the
Palestinian cause", he said, "Zionists are acting against the Torah
that forbids the establishments of a Jewish State".
Palestinian Christian leaders and priests, and Samaritans,
participated in the activities, demanding Palestinian statehood and
Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will be
holding a closed meeting with the US President, Barrack Obama, on
the sidelines of the UN general Assembly annual , ahead his speech
at the UN body on Friday Sep 23.
The Obama administration
rejects the Palestinian move, and declared its decision to veto it
at the UN.
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