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Abbas: "Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace"‎

Headline: "Abbas: All I Want from Christmas is Justice" ‎
RAMALLAH, December 22, 2014 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday called ‎upon the international community to recognize the State of Palestine on the 1967 ‎border and support the United Nations initiative to set a deadline to end the Israeli ‎occupation.
‎"This Christmas, we deliver a very special message to the world: All I want from ‎Christmas is justice. Any initiative to bring peace will fail if it doesn't bring justice to the ‎Palestinian people," he said, quoting the Bible: "Blessed are those who hunger and ‎thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." 
Abbas' request came in a message sent to the Christian communities on Christmas, ‎where he called upon the international community to partner with the Palestinian ‎people "in order to preserve a large and vibrant Christian presence in Palestine by ‎stopping all Israeli policies that have driven our people, Christians and Muslims, out of ‎their homeland." 
He praised the role of the local churches and their institutions in defending their land ‎and Palestinian national rights in all international forums. 
‎"While the international community is talking about resumption of the peace process, ‎Christmas in general, and the situation of Bethlehem in particular, are a reminder that ‎peace cannot remain an empty word," said Abbas. 
‎"We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and ‎peace, which has guided millions from the moment that his message came out from a ‎small grotto in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. His message resonates among all of ‎those who are seeking justice and among our people who have been the guardians of ‎the holy sites for generations. It resonates in our prayers for our people in Gaza." [...]‎
‎"Jesus' message resonates in our prayers for our people in our capital Jerusalem, who ‎continue to resist the Israeli attempts to turn the city into an exclusive Jewish place. ‎The mosques and the churches of Jerusalem will continue to remind the world of the ‎Palestinian, Arab, and Christian and Muslim identity of the city. Justice means ending ‎the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, an integral part of the State of Palestine on ‎the basis of the 1967 border," stressed Abbas. [...]‎
‎"On behalf of a people struggling for justice and peace, from the land of Jesus, peace ‎be upon him, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, hoping that ‎‎2015 will be a year of justice to advance freedom and peace for the people of Palestine ‎and justice and peace for the world at large." 
‎"From Palestine, the Holy Land, we extend our warmest greetings to peoples around ‎the world while we celebrate the occasion of the birth of the prince of peace, Jesus, ‎peace be upon him." ‎
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