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Abbas Accuses Israel Of Being ‘Apartheid Regime’ In Christmas Address

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel is an “apartheid” regime that has occupied Palestinian lands and has been forcing Palestinian people into exile for decades.

In his Christmas message released on Wednesday, Abbas also said Tel Aviv was continuing to “consolidate an apartheid regime by accelerating policies that destroy the two-state solution,” adding that it is taking over Palestinian territories in order to expand illegal settlements and erect separation barriers.

“This Christmas comes during a particularly difficult period, when international intervention is desperately needed to protect the Palestinian people. Extremist Israeli settlers continue to attack Palestinians, including their mosques and churches, through acts of vandalism and terror,” he further noted.

He also said that due to the Israeli occupation, the twin cities of East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Bethlehem have been separated for the first time in over 2000 years of Christianity, resulting in “incalculable damage” to the society, culture, and economy of Palestine.

“There can be no Palestinian State without East Jerusalem as its capital, reunited with Bethlehem and the rest of Palestine,” he further added.

The Palestinian president also congratulated all Palestinian people “on the Holy Occasion of Christmas,” and expressed hope a day comes when they would be free in their homeland.

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One thought on “Abbas Accuses Israel Of Being ‘Apartheid Regime’ In Christmas Address

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    December 25, 2015 at 8:19 am
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    Abbas is laying, as usual.
    The media is publishing the lay without ant critical analysis- as usual.
    Christians, Jews and all the other religions needs protection in all the areas controlled by Muslims.
    Christians facts in ME,Palestine and Israel.
    – Christians in the ME:
    Christians now make up 5% of the population,down from 20% in the early 20 century mainly because emigration due ethnic,religious persecution
    – Fifty years ago, Christians made up 70 percent of Bethlehem’s population;
    today under the Palestinian authority 15 percent
    refer: nypost bethlehems-exodus
    -Palestine authority-Christian population dropped from 140,000 in 1967 to 51,000
    Refer: wikipedia Christianity_in_the_Middle_East

    -Gaza Christian population under Hamas has decreased from 3000 to 1400
    “Christian neighbors to understand the new Hamas rule means real changes.They must be ready for Islamic rule if they want to live in peace in Gaza”

    The defending Israel:
    * Israel is the one country in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown from 34,000 in 1948 to 155,000 in 2013

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