Sunday, April 26
Latest News
  1. Clashes rage in Yemen as calls for peace talks grow
  2. EU AgenPolice arrest 26 across Europe in horsemeat scandal
  3. Home ministry: At least 114 killed in Nepal quake
  4. US: Russia failing to fully implement Ukraine ceasefire
  5. Kerry urges Yemen rebels and their allies to enter talks
  6. Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back
  7. Iraq lacks DNA results to test body of 'Saddam deputy'
  8. Family: Syria's sacked political spy chief dead
  9. Officials: 14 Somali, Afghan immigrants killed by train in Macedonia
  10. UNICEF: At least 115 children killed in Yemen since March 26
  11. Athens stocks jump 4.4% on hopes of EU deal
  12. EU clears 19 genetically modified products
  13. Seismologists: Strong earthquake rattles New Zealand
  14. EU says progress 'not sufficient' for Greece debt deal
  15. World leaders join silence at ceremony marking Armenian genocide
  16. Jordan's crown prince at UN takes on militant 'dark world'
  17. US officials: Iranian ships turn back from Yemen
  18. Pakistan PM affirms Saudi 'solidarity' despite Yemen snub
  19. Three British plane spotters released in UAE
  20. UK regulator fines Deutsche Bank $340 mn over Libor

Bethlehem mayor hails 'birth of the state of Palestine'

Nov. 30, 2012 8:56 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 1, 2012 6:16 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Recently elected mayor Vera Ghattas Baboun on Friday thanked "all the nations and peoples who voted for the right of us Palestinians to live in dignity."

"Only courageous hearts can bring change, and you are one among them," she said in an emailed statement, referring to citizens of the 138 countries that backed Palestine's UN upgrade on Thursday.

"In Christmas season, we continuously celebrate in Bethlehem the bliss of birth and rebirth. Bethlehem as the rest of the Palestinian cities is celebrating now the birth of the state of Palestine.

"At the moment, children, youth, and elders are rejoicing the victory of humanity in bringing justice to the Palestinians," Baboun said. "Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy."

Meanwhile the governor of Ramallah and al-Bireh hailed President Mahmoud Abbas' remarks and the outcome of the vote upgrading Palestine's UN status.

Laila Ghanam said "all Palestinian people felt that they have the will to change, despite all pressure and threats."

She thanked countries supporting the bid and said the nine which voted against it had demonstrated they do not care about Palestinian human rights or international norms.
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015