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Abbas heads home to hero's welcome after UN vote

Saturday, 1 December 2012
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Ramallah, December 01:

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is due home from New York to a hero's welcome tomorrow, after the United Nations voted to recognise Palestine as a non-member state.

The main official event will be a celebratory rally and a speech by Abbas at his Ramallah headquarters, starting at
midday (1000 GMT).

He landed in Amman today and is scheduled to spend the night in Jordan, returning to the Israeli-occupied West Bank
tomorrow morning.

On Thursday, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a resolution recognising Palestine within the 1967
borders as a non-member observer state.

Israel lashed out in response, with an official yesterday telling AFP of plans to build 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank including annexed east Jerusalem, without specifying exactly where they were to be located.

Asked to confirm media reports that the measure was a consequence of the UN vote, the official said: "it's true."

The reports said that part of the building would be in east Jerusalem but the official said only that "we make no
distinction," between the city's east and west sides.

Arab east Jerusalem was captured by Israel with the rest of the West Bank in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed in a move not recognised by the international community.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its "eternal, indivisible" capital, and does not view construction in the
eastern sector as settlement activity.

The latest plan brought international condemnation, led by Israel's US ally, one of a handful of states to vote
against the UN motion.

"In light of today's announcement, let me reiterate that this administration -- like previous administrations -- has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.

Britain, which abstained, added its voice today, urging Israel to reverse its decision and saying the plans would
undermine peace efforts.

"The UK strongly advises the Israeli government to reverse this decision," Foreign Secretary William Hague said
in a statement.

Abbas yesterday chided Israel's latest settlement plans but also called for a return to peace talks.

"I've said a thousand times that we want to resume negotiations and we are ready to do it," he told reporters in
New York.

We are not setting any condition but there are at least 15 UN resolutions which consider settlement activity as
illegal and an obstacle to peace which must be removed," he said. "Why do (the Israelis) not stop settlement?"

Peace talks have been on hold since September 2010, with the Palestinians insisting on a settlement freeze before
returning to the negotiating table and the Israelis insisting on no preconditions.

-------------------------------------------------(AFP)

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Zionist agenda

Zionists only look for prelude or pretext to expand their settlements on the so called 'land of israel'. UN vote on upgradation of status of Palastine has given them not only a soundly falsified reason for expanding settlements but also to carry out many more tyrannical and opressive acts in the Middle East.Hereafter we will be witnessing their hidden agenda coming to the fore. They can continue with what they have been doing since 1917. Allah is bringing them back to the holy land only for the last time. He is doing so not because they are righteous in their conduct but because their destruction is awaiting them in this very holy land which was awarded by Allah to their ancesters(who were righteous in their conduct). Allah had punished them twice before by expelling them from this holy land. The reason for expulsion was their conduct which was not righteous.While expelling them previously Allah spared their lives. But this time Allah will eradicate them from the face of the earth i.e. their lives will not be spared by Allah...... Zionists awaken at least now to the call of the Almighty Allah and become righteous in your conduct. Look at your leader Ariel Sharon who has met with the destiny of pharao.You know very well what Sharon did for the so called State of Israel. He is there right in front of your eyes. Take a lesson from that sign.YA ALLAH GUIDE AND UNITE ALL MUSLIM BRETHERN TO FIGHT AND SUCCEED AGAINST ALL THE EVIL FORCES WHICH ARE THREATENING THE WHOLE WORLD NOW.

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