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Hassan Rouhani
Whether you like it or not, we are going to defend the oppressed peoples of Yemen, Palestine and Syria.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Palestine. You'll find 165 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. The 4 people who have been quoted more about Palestine are: Mahmoud Abbas, Naftali Bennett, Ken Livingstone and Benyamin Netanyahu. Mahmoud Abbas specifically said: “Our commitment to cooperate with you in order to make peace and forge a historic peace deal. Once again, we reassert to you our positions of accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, the state of Palestine with its capital as East Jerusalem living alongside Israel in peace and security. Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and the settlements and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize it, which undermines the realization of a two-state solution.”.
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All quotes about Palestine

Roger Cohen - The New York Times

Can the two sides hear each other at last and forsake war for peace?feedback

Seamus O'Brolchain

Well, we tried to engage. We sent you letters in the post, we politely tried to hand them to a band member at a public event, we called your agents and your publicists, and you ignored us. Not even an acknowledgement, nothing at all. We tried to open a dialogue and it was you who refused.feedback

Seamus O'Brolchain

If you're going to justify your show in Tel Aviv, it is them you you should be addressing. Saying you're upset because Ken Loach didn't call allows you to avoid the real point, which is that you are playing on occupied land against the wishes of an oppressed people. And you're ignoring the voices of those people. Do you even care?feedback

Ken Loach

Thom's is a simple choice: will he stand with the oppressor or the oppressed?feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I told her that the time had come for the United Nations to reconsider the continued existence of UNRWA [the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine]. In UNRWA's institutions, there is a great deal of incitement against Israel.feedback

Chris Gunness

In December 2016, UNRWA's mandate was extended for three years by the General Assembly by a large majority. The situation of Palestine Refugees needs to be resolved as part of a political resolution of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

Israel today maintains an entrenched system of institutionalised discrimination against Palestinians in the occupied territory - repression that extends far beyond any security rationale.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

This 50-year-old festering wound is a reflection of a capitulation of Israeli, Palestinian and international leadership in the search for peace and reconciliation. Two generations have already lived under occupation and in mounting disillusionment and despair. Both Palestinian and Israeli children are denied a future in peace and security. Through our work we see, year after year, Palestinian families losing their land, homes, livelihoods and prospects of a dignified future. Thousands of children we help in schools have lost their childhood and face violence and extreme distress.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

Whether it's a child imprisoned by a military court or shot unjustifiably, or a house demolished for lack of an elusive permit, or checkpoints where only settlers are allowed to pass, few Palestinians have escaped serious rights abuses during this 50-year occupation. Israel today maintains an entrenched system of institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians in the occupied territory – repression that extends far beyond any security rationale.feedback

Michael Oren

We'll hear a lot this week about occupation and lack of Palestinian independence. Israel has a clear policy on this score: it does not want to rule over another people and is ready to begin immediate negotiations. Yet while Palestinian leaders claim they support a two-state solution, until they state that they favour 'two states for two peoples', affirming both Jewish and Palestinian peoplehood and rights, the conflict will tragically persist. It is only through mutual recognition that Israelis and Palestinians will both be able to celebrate, rather than mourn, future anniversaries.feedback

Chris Eijkemans - Oxfam Intermón

There are few examples of poverty or injustice in the OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territories) that do not stem from the occupation. If it weren't for the occupation, most aid agencies would not need to be here. The issues facing Palestinians are enormous and complex, but on each count, despite the billions of dollars invested, the lives of Palestinians cannot meaningfully improve as long as the occupation persists. Israel has no incentive to end the occupation while it bears no tangible cost for its violations.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The president has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we cannot advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine. And so I think in large measure the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process.feedback

Mike Huckabee

He's not preconditioned by most political conventions that say 'this is how this has to work out.feedback

Isaac Herzog

Let's give it a chance. This is the moment where one needs to face reality and decide if he wants to make history or not. There's no other solution. One cannot escape away from it.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Our commitment to cooperate with you in order to make peace and forge a historic peace deal. Once again, we reassert to you our positions of accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, the state of Palestine with its capital as East Jerusalem living alongside Israel in peace and security. Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and the settlements and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize it, which undermines the realization of a two-state solution.feedback

Naftali Bennett

Trump's victory is a tremendous opportunity for Israel to immediately announce its intention to renege on the idea of establishing Palestine in the heart of the country–a direct blow to our security and the justice of our cause.feedback

Ziad Asali

I don't think that the internal situation either in Palestine or in Israel is conducive to enough aggregation of power on the part of negotiators to deliver.feedback

Avi Shlaim

Zionism [the historic movement for Jewish self determination in its own state] lost its way in 1967, that's the crucial thing. The main aim of the Zionist movement before the war was the establishment of an independent Jewish state in Palestine. But by the eve of the war that objective had already been achieved. The victory in 1967 reopened the old question of the territorial aims of Zionism.feedback

Paddy Singh

Instead of tweeting immediately in anger, I should have reflected on the articles and tweeted the next day. I will definitely reflect on what I say, and will not write anything spontaneously in anger.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Well, the president, I think rightly, has taken a very deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have. The president has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we cannot advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine. And so, I think in large measure the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process.feedback

Mohammad Muwad

If a young boy gets in trouble because he is Palestinian, the prosecutor writes in his note to the judge, He is Palestinian,' meaning: 'Do what you wish to him. Be cruel to him. Forget about his rights. They starve us, so we go back to Palestine. They deprive us, so that we go back to Palestine. Well, go ahead, send us back to Palestine! Let us go to the border, and we will march back into Palestine, no matter how many martyrs we must give.feedback

Fawzi Barhoum - Hamas

These elections are happening under the control of the West Bank security services in coordination with the Israeli enemy. The vote aims to assure the policy of one party, but the outcome will not be positive for the Palestinian nation. On the contrary the election will strengthen the division between the nation, between the West Bank and Gaza.feedback

Maher Kanawati

We need to increase the voting percentage to tell the world that we have democracy in Palestine. Unfortunately there are no elections in Gaza, but we hope and pray that next time we will have elections all over Palestine.feedback

Vladimir Putin

The Palestine-Israel conflict can only be a political, negotiation-based solution based on international rights. I would like to underline that the peaceful coexistence of two states of Palestine and Israel is the indispensable condition to provide true security and stability in the Middle East.feedback

Sharaf Kaskeen

Why did you (Khaled Mashaal) mention in your speech only the 1967 border and not the 1948 land? You didn't recognise Israel but you said that the '67 border is ours and the rest (of Palestine) belongs to Israel.feedback

Dennis Ross

The combination of the psychological gaps, the practical gaps on the issues and the political gaps make it impossible to go from where we are to producing the ultimate deal.feedback

Diana Buttu

The real question now is whether there is going to be any form of elections. For Mahmoud Abbas, the big issue that he has to now demonstrate legitimacy ... He has had three terms after only being elected for one ... He has always said legitimacy isn't just through the ballot box – which I don't agree with – but you can also show you are a leader by showing that you are doing things and having different programmes and having the world recognise you as being a legitimate leader.feedback

Diana Buttu

When it comes to Trump, Abbas is not going to walk away with anything from this meeting. Trump has made it clear that he is not going to follow the negotiations process that has been followed for nearly 25 years. At the same time he has made it clear through his appointment of David Friedman...that he supports the continued settlement expansion and supports a very right-wing, very extreme version of Israel.feedback

Rashid Khalidi

Abbas comes in a weak position because of Palestinian disunity, which he has done nothing to address.feedback

Khaled Meshaal - Hamas

We don't want to dilute our principles but we want to be open. We hope this (document) will mark a change in the stance of European states towards us. Hamas advocates the liberation of all of Palestine but is ready to support the state on 1967 borders without recognising Israel or ceding any rights.feedback

Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali

We are all getting together now, alhamdulillah, the vans are all done, energy is here, the sunshine is here, alhamdulillah [praise god].feedback

Louis Caprioli

Yes, there is work throughout the whole education system, but again teachers need to be trained. Teachers are currently being asked to pay attention, to be whistleblowers , but they should still be trained for that. And it is obvious that from adolescence, one should pay attention to inappropriate behaviour from certain boys. It is true, I believe that interventions such as the mother of the paratrooper assassinated in 2012 are a model to be developed because we are getting to the heart of the problem.feedback

Louis Caprioli

It is not a video being shown, it is a woman who lost her son and who explains the drama that she lived and the tragedy that radicalisation causes.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

This day is special because the Palestinian people are uniting behind the prisoners in their battle, their uprise against injustice. Today proves that, since 10 years, Gaza and the West Bank have united in one activity, today this has been achieved, which proves that the Palestinian people are united by struggle and resistance and are divided by politics.feedback

Mark Regev

Israel cherishes freedom of expression and freedom of speech. To the people outside, I would say this: they claim to be the friends of the Palestinians. But by supporting a hardline, maximalist Palestinian position, are they friends of the Palestinian people? They are chanting, From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free' – meaning Israel has no right to exist. I'd like to tell them that Israel is not going away. But at its core, the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement is against freedom of speech.feedback

Reuven Rivlin

The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment.feedback

Daniel Bar-Tal

These 50 years of occupation of Palestine have turned Israel into a pariah state. Following the occupation, the government and the institutions constructed a narrative that was assumed as epistemological cornerstone. The fruits are in sight: for 72% of the population there is no occupation and the Palestinians are intrinsically violent terrorists who want to annihilate the Jews.feedback

Daniel Bar-Tal

Victimisation, the claim to exclusivity of the victim status, is linked to two major principles of psychology: moral disengagement – Jews do not feel guilty or ashamed for what they do to others, and moral entitlement – the feeling that Jews are allowed the privilege of committing cruelties to defend themselves. These two principles give us the picture of the Jew today in Israel.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Imagine if the Israeli Prime Minister … came to Germany and wanted to meet people critical of the government and we said that is not possible … That would be unthinkable. With respect to the Middle East conflict, our solidarity with Israel also means working to ensure that Israel and Palestine can live side by side in dignity and peace.feedback

Marwan Barghouti

Through our hunger strike, we seek an end to these abuses ... Palestinian prisoners and detainees have suffered from torture, inhumane and degrading treatment and medical negligence. Some have been killed while in detention.feedback

Manuel Hassassian

The Balfour declaration, 100 years ago, was devastating for our people. Yet Theresa May says she will be marking its anniversary ‘with pride’During his recent visit to Ramallah, Boris Johnson re-emphasised Britain’s long-standing support for the two-state solution and its position that illegal Israeli settlements are an obstacle to peace. Last December Britain also supported UN security council resolution 2334, which reiterated the illegality of settlements.feedback

Seth Lipsky

My own theory, is that the knowledge that Aliza would be in Israel was one of the things that sustained Begin in his epic journey from the Gulag to Palestine, where he led the revolt against the British and set the stage for independence. When Masha was a girl, she and her mother caused to be sent one of the most consequential messages in the history of the Jews.feedback

David Baddiel

In confusing interpretations for facts he reveals that sense that runs deep in the left: that Jews don’t quite fit into the category of ‘the oppressed’So … Ken … A lot of people – predominantly the good people, of course, of the British left – have been tweeting to tell me that Ken just “stated a fact”. Here is the problem with what Livingstone said. Because Ken Livingstone did not state a fact.feedback

Hanan Ashrawi

Israel's relentless efforts to expand its illegal settlement enterprise with the aim of displacing Palestine and replacing it with 'Greater Israel' should send a strong message to governments worldwide that they need to intervene immediately and to undertake concrete measures to hold Israel accountable with serious punitive measures. We also call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to ensure compliance with Security Council resolutions, including UNSC resolution 2334, and to make certain that Israel respects them.feedback

Hanan Ashrawi

Israel is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace. With regards to the new settlement for Amona residents, we would note that the Israeli prime minister made a commitment to the Amona settlers prior to President Trump laying out his expectations, and has consistently indicated that he intended to move forward with this plan.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

I made a promise that we would establish a new settlement. We will keep it today. There are a few hours until then and you will get all the details.feedback

Ken Livingstone

The SS set up training camps so that German Jews who going to go there could be trained to cope with a very different sort of country when they got there. When the Zionist movement asked the Nazi Government, would they stop the Rabbis doing their sermons in Yiddish and make them do it in Hebrew - he [Hitler] agreed to that. He also passed a law that said only the Zionist flag and the Swastika were the only flags that could be flown in Germany. And then of course they started selling Mauser pistols to the underground Jewish army.feedback

Ken Livingstone

[Hitler] didn't just sign the deal. The SS set up training camps so that German Jews who were going to go there could be trained to cope with a very different sort of country when they got there [Palestine]. So you had right up until the start of the second world war real collaboration. It's completely unfair. We have a tradition of law and that is open. There's absolutely no justification for something like this being done in private.feedback

Ken Livingstone

It's really coming down to claiming I brought the party into disrepute by defending Naz Shah. As she's been readmitted to the party that does seem a bit excessive to try and expel me for supporting her.feedback

Patricia Davies

The atmosphere [around being transgender] was not safe. People did not understand what transgender was. I feel quite proud having served during the war and having done military service, in particular during the trouble in Palestine. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was living a lie. I have been keeping quiet. I have slowly started to tell some of my neighbors. Everybody said 'don't worry, as long as you're happy. I joined the Women's Institute. I socialize with them and have a natter. I'm having a great time. I have a new lease on life.feedback

John Follain

I think he represents a past era in international terrorism when the principal cause, the so called popular cause, was Palestine, a free Palestine, and of course Marxism. I think terrorism has evolved so much that today he represents a solitary voice in the desert, a pretty old fashioned voice.feedback

Mustafa Alani

There could actually be a product of the Arab summit - a unified attitude towards Washington's policy in Palestine. They might disagree on all other issues, but I think this is the unifying one.feedback

Ken Livingstone

I did not say or suggest that Hitler was a Zionist. I did not make any equation of Hitler and Zionism. I neither criticised the transfer agreement or the section of Zionism that participated in the agreement. I did not draw any historical parallels with the situation today anywhere, including with the conflict between Israel and Palestine. It has been suggested that my comments were offensive. For the sake of absolute clarity, I reiterate that I had absolutely no intention for my remarks to cause offence, least of all to Jewish people, and I am sorry if they did.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

As you know the international references, the international agreements on which we base ourselves, including the basis for the EU policy for peace in our region, they are all based on the two-state solution in line with the 1967 borders. Palestine and Israel living together in peace.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Peace between Israel and Palestine is a top priority for the European Union and it will remain a top priority in our political agenda. We remain committed to a negotiated two-state solution. That remains for us the only viable way to end the conflict and all claims. And we support Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem, both in political and financial terms. We welcome the fact that the US administration shows interest in solving the Middle East peace process and we agreed to coordinate closely positions.feedback

Xi Jinping

China appreciates Israel's continuing to take the 'two state proposal' as the basis for handling the Israel-Palestine issue.feedback

Iman Al-Moghayer

I used to watch baseball at home while I was a child. I love it because it's full of freedom and the only thing the player needs to do is run. Girls come and practice and the numbers are increasing. There are lots of girls who'd like to sign up despite their lack of knowledge of the sport.feedback

Mahmoud Tafesh

We targeted this group because they had permission from their families to play sport as sports students. Through them, we started to spread, attracting girls from other fields such as journalism and accountants.feedback

Mahmoud Tafesh

We are facing obstacles in getting the appropriate equipment. For example, we don't have baseball bats or gloves. The equipment must be brought in from outside of Palestine because we don't have any here. We are trying to get the equipment through our own effort. We're hoping officials will help us by importing equipment to make the sport popular in Palestine.feedback

Kushal Das

The AIFF is leaving no stone unturned to provide the best of preparation for the National Team. I hope the two matches would serve as an ideal build-up for future matches in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers.feedback

Iman Mughaier

All of us share the same goal. To participate and represent the name of Palestine outside and show that there are sports for the girls in Gaza.feedback

Naftali Bennett

The Palestinian flag has been taken off the flagpole and was replaced with the Israeli flag.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

We'll work something out but I'd like to see a deal be made. I think a deal will be made.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

Can I reveal, Jared, how long we've known you? I've known the president and his family and his team for a long time and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

There is no Plan B to the situation between Palestinians and Israelis but a two-state solution. ... Everything must be done to preserve that possibility.feedback

Wolfgang Spindler - Euronews

We bring the sound of our region, which is the sound of Great Syrian, Levant The Levant is an approximate historical geographical term referring to a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is Palestine, Lebanon and part of Iraq, the music is inspired from the wedding , the ceremonial music that happens in the towns and villages.feedback

Tareq Abu Kwaik

If we had the ability to travel…all the Arabs, if we had no boarders to travel between each other, like in Europe, we would have like a union, you know, then I think we could build a lot because the problem now is we don't know each others peoples, its the first time I have seen my Moroccan people, it's the first time I see these brothers and sisters and I know, we feel the same about a lot of things but we need to talk you know , we need to sit down and focus.feedback

Naftali Bennett

For the first time in 50 years, the prime minister can decide: either sovereignty or Palestine. The continuation of the Bar-Ilan/Palestine line will be a disaster for generations to come. We will work toward sovereignty.feedback

Naftali Bennett

For the first time in 50 years the Israeli Prime Minister has the chance to make a decision: either sovereignty or Palestine.feedback

Naftali Bennett

It's either (Israeli) sovereignty or Palestine. The question is not what will Trump do but what will Israel ask for. What will Israel present as its vision. We are in the money-time now for forming this vision.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

This embassy is a place of pride for us and we hope that all of the countries of the world recognise the State of Palestine, because this recognition will bring us closer to the peace process.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

This Embassy in place of pride for us and we hope all of the countries of the world will recognize the state of Palestine , because this recognition will bring us closer to the peace process.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

This embassy is a place of pride for us and we hope all of the countries of the world will recognize the state of Palestine, because this recognition will bring us closer to the peace process.feedback

Pierre Kraehenbuehl

They were told since they were born that if you embark on negotiated processes … there will be a reward at the end of the road, which is a stable state of Palestine living in peace and security side-by-side with Israel. This has not happened and of course can lead to further serious and significant developments.feedback

Pierre Kraehenbuehl

The reality is just that right now there is no such thing that one can call a peace process for Israel and Palestine. And it's a very big risk that the world is taking.feedback

Hazem Abu Helal

When we see our leaders speaking for hours about the rights of youth, we start laughing (because) youth in Palestine starts from age 66. These people don't accept a new generation. They don't accept change because they have power, they have money and they have corruption.feedback

Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

We believe this will be a step for having some relief for the people of Gaza. Forgetting Palestine – postponing it until later – will be much riskier.feedback

Din al-Akhras

We hope the Facebook campaign of suspending and removing Palestinian accounts will stop. We do not practice incitement; we are only conveying news from Palestine to the world.feedback

Kito de Boer

The question is what can (Obama) do in those remaining weeks. If you put the test of 'what is a lasting legacy', one thing that I would argue is: simply recognize the two states, recognize Palestine. We talk about the fact that where the two-state solution is under threat, well, you know, that is something that the U.S. government could do.feedback

Marina Barham

This young man always struggled with whether to go and throw stones at a soldier or at a checkpoint, but he felt if he did that he would loose his life. So, he decided to enroll in a theatre training and now Murad has a masters degree and is travelling all over the world; he is telling the story of the refugee camp, he is telling the story of Palestine and he is trying to achieve justice for his country through culture and arts.feedback

Gideon Remez

Now one of these items is all of two lines ... it starts with the code name of the person, Krotov', which is derived from the Russian word for 'mole', and then 'Abbas, Mahmoud, born 1935 in Palestine, member of the central committee of Fatah and the PLO, in Damascus 'agent of the KGB.feedback

Choi Kyong-lim - United Nations

I don't know whether it's fair or unfair, but it's obvious that the majority of members want to continue to focus on the situation of Israel and Palestine.feedback

Abdullah Ensour

We were surprised since we announced our intention to carry out the project by the reactions of some of our brothers in Palestine who were skeptical about the project. We have found that this project is no longer enjoying a consensus, and it might be controversial. Therefore we have decided to stop implementing it.feedback

Ted Cruz

Let me say at the outset, perhaps to the surprise of the previous speaker, Palestine has not existed since 1948.feedback

David Grossman

First of all I think that Palestinians should do for traumatised Palestinians, for traumatised Palestine. Release? No, I think that… You know, I take reality very seriously and the alternative is be either cynical or desperate of the situation and I don't want to be both.feedback

Yousef Munayyer

So this is coming at a moment when there is a real question about the role of the motion picture industry when it comes to social responsibility. We think it is important at this time that they think about the issue of Palestine as well and not take the bait and not take the trip to act as apartheid lackeys in this casting call by the Israeli government.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

We will not stop supporting our friends in the region: the oppressed people of Palestine, the oppressed people of Yemen, the people and government of Syria, the people and government of Iraq, the oppressed people of Bahrain.feedback

Annemarie Jacir

My family is from Bethlehem, which was occupied in 1967. I was interested in doing something about this time period that was a tragedy for the Palestinians, but also a time of great hope. All over the world, not just in Palestine, but everywhere, young people were trying to do something to change their lives: student movements, anti-colonial movements, civil rights; there was something very special happening.feedback

Barack Obama

I did indicate to him that we continue to believe that a two-state solution is the only way for the long-term security of Israel, if it wants to stay both a Jewish state and democratic. Well, we take him at his word when he said that it wouldn't happen during his prime ministership, and so that's why we've got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don't see a chaotic situation in the region.feedback

Barack Obama

We indicated that that kind of rhetoric was contrary to what is the best of Israel's traditions, that although Israel was founded based on the historic Jewish homeland and the need to have a Jewish homeland, Israeli democracy has been premised on everybody in the country being treated equally and fairly.feedback

Saeb Erekat

Palestine commits itself to the international law, to all the obligations emanating from the conventions and treaties we have signed. We will also submit the letters of accession to other relevant parties, especially concerning the non-proliferation treaty and to the registry of the ICC.feedback

Abdullah Gul

Palestine is a state under occupation and the Palestinians are using military means to end the occupation. Even after United Nations rulings, Palestine is still under occupation.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Israel has decided that this year will see a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people; in the same year in which this Assembly, on behalf of the people and countries of the world, conveyed the world's yearning and determination to realise a just peace that achieves freedom and independence for the Palestinian people in their state of Palestine alongside Israel.feedback

Abu Yamen

We are in a disastrous situation. We want to go back to Palestine right away, tomorrow even! We want to go back to Palestine because we have land there, it is our home.feedback

Margot Wallstrom

Today, the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine. It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination.feedback

Fabienne Van Eck

Some activities we do also help the teachers to relax, to take care of themselves, because especially here in Palestine, it's not easy to work in schools. There are many issues, there are many problems, so, also the teachers need to take care of themselves, or the social workers.feedback

Mohammed Assaf

My message to them is my songs more than anything else, this is what I have to offer, I mean the lyrics of my songs are much stronger and speak louder than the sound of bullets and missiles.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

The international community must condemn and put an end to any actions on the ground that undermine negotiations.feedback

Azzam al-Ahmad

We will not overreact and abuse the rights that we obtained at the United nations.feedback

John Bolton

The draft resolution before the Council was unbalanced. It placed demands on one side in the Middle East conflict but not the other. This draft resolution would have exacerbated tensions in the region and would have undermined our vision of two democratic states – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security.feedback

Abeer Alrifai

Traditional music is always about love of the land, of Palestine, of Palestinian folklore, I mean they are songs that we always sing at weddings, at the harvest, in the villages, at all big events, as well as for the liberation of Palestine!feedback

Nassim Aldogom

The Al-Quds group is trying to preserve and develop the identity of Palestinian culture. Our main aim is to safeguard the rich culture of a people who have suffered a lot and who are looking for life and that's what we want to do with our music: preserve this heritage and enrich it. That's part of our struggle.feedback

Mohamed Métalsi

There's no such thing as Arab Music – that's why we say music from the Arab World. There is music which is sung in Arab, other music sung in Berber, other music in Kurdish, in Noubian, Syrian, Aramaic, etc. The diversity of these populations, from the whole of the Arab world, is reflected in the different musical expressions.feedback

Nassim Aldogom

The Palestinian diaspora has listened to music and read books from all over the world and we too are working on a fusion of cultures involving mixing European and International music with our music to show that we are part of the international community and that we – like other peoples – have the right to live.feedback

Andrea Bolitho - Euronews

The imminent repercussions I would say in financial terms are some difficulties that we have with the financement from the United States. There are other, wider repercussions, maybe more political; there are those who praise us, those who accuse us. Let me say that the question for the admission of Palestine in the organisation has been on the agenda for 22 years, it is not something new that came up but apparently member states, this time 107, decided to vote in favour.feedback

Yossi Bellin

What we have to know is whether Hamas is going to have any say in the security of the West Bank and whether the government or Hamas in that case is going to allow Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President to negotiate on peace with Israel.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Those who are pro-peace must support our endeavour…must stand tall and support the admission of the state of Palestine in the UN…there's no excuse for not doing so.feedback

Saeb Erekat

These are Jordanian-Palestinian borders, since Israel has finished its gradual withdrawal. We will not accept any Israeli staying on our eastern and western borders, nor in any port or passageway or territorial waters, or in Palestinian airspace. This is an independent, full sovereign state of Palestine.feedback

Saeb Erekat

I can't go deeply into the details of negotiations, but what must be constructed under the legitimacy of international law is clear and specific. A Palestinian state has no meaning without announcing East Jerusalem as its capital, and there is no Palestine without the Gaza strip as a part of it. Gaza means the Mediterranean and total incorporation. We are the same people. We cannot end this struggle without finding a solution for the refugee issue, referring to UN resolution 194.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We will ask the states of the United Nations to recognise our state. In doing this, we do not aim to isolate Israel or deprive it of legitimacy. Work on these negotiations is not unilateral, but the continued construction of settlements is a unilateral action by the Israeli government.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

So, now the United Stated is talking about human rights?! Where are human rights in Afghanistan, Palestine, Libya, Tunisia, or Egypt?feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We are here to say once again that we are ready to implement our commitments and decisions; and to respect the international agreements and resolutions meant to build the peace process; and to achieve a peaceful solution for our two states, Palestine and Israel.feedback

Ismail Haniyeh - Hamas

Armed resistance is the way and is the strategic choice to liberate Palestine.feedback

Ibrahim Mahmud

We went up to the mountains and stayed there for four or five nights. People were like sheep without a shepherd. Then we went to Jamala and Deir Amara and Beit Tilo, and then to Akabat Jaber.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

The passing of our great poet, Mahmoud Darwish, the lover of Palestine, the pioneer of the modern Palestinian cultural project and the brilliant national leader will leave a great gap in our political, cultural and national lives.feedback

Hamid Karzai

Today we, the Muslim world, especially the people of Afghanistan, remember the people of Palestine, in Gaza, who are suffering such brutality. They are being killed night and day.feedback

John Ging - United Nations

We cannot make a distribution, we were to make a distribution today but we have used our reserves, we are the same as anyone else, we don't have a reserve of supplies.feedback

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

The United States contribute 22 percent to the regular budget and then we have also the withholding of funds for 2012 for (sic) Israel, so it's quite substantial. We have to know that budgetary contribution of each member states is an obligation in respect for the organisation and I believe that, still, the US will change the law.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

The time has come for my courageous and proud people, after decades of displacement and colonial occupation and ceaseless suffering, to live like other people of the earth, free in a sovereign independent homeland.feedback

Javier Solana

I think that everybody in Israel and Palestine will have to be aware of the difficulties of the moment. To maintain the calm will be the most beneficial for everybody.feedback

Mahmoud al-Zahar - Hamas

If you ask the French, what they think of the occupation they will say its illegal. And what about the Nazi's occupation of France, it is illegal of course and the resistance by Charles de Gaulle's followers was seen as action by warriors for freedom, but they will not talk about the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the same way, because of their hypocrisy.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

Palestine's membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation represents a lot, politically and morally, since we have asked the Security Council to let Palestine be a member of the United Nations, and this request still stands. At the same time, we wanted to be in UNESCO, which is a very important organisation, as it has close relations with people all over the world.feedback

Hussam Murtaja

The spirit of joy is also missing this year not only for Christians but also for Muslims. We have noticed that demand is very low and I think that is for several reasons. First, we don't have stability, also the borders are closed, and we don't have enough goods.feedback

Barack Obama

The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognised borders are established for both states.feedback

Sandra Babcock

We have done research on 90 countries, as well as two different territories, Palestine and Taiwan, that still retain the death penalty in their laws. Some of these countries apply the death penalty by carrying out executions. Others just have it as a matter of law, but they never apply it.feedback

Nour Odeh

This decision coincides with a very important historic date. November 29 is the international day of solidarity for the Palestinian people. It was on this day in 1947 that the General Assembly took the unprecedented and never-repeated step of dividing a territory into two states: Israel and Palestine. But Palestine was never recognised, until today, with the international community's correction of that historic error.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We are going to upgrade the status of Palestine to an observer state at the United Nations. This is the first step towards attaining our Palestinian rights – cemented in our national councils since 1994.feedback

Sami Abu Zuhri - Hamas

The Hamas movement supports all the diplomatic acts that add to Palestinian victories. We welcome the move toward statehood at United Nations. However, we want it to be through a national programme based on resistance and the preservation of Palestinian rights.feedback

Ghassan Khatib

I think that the war on Gaza marginalised, to a certain extent, the public stand of the Palestinian Authority. This move to the United Nations seems to strengthen the internal stand of President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.feedback

George Giacaman

UNESCO membership may be a moral victory for the Palestinians but there is no political advantage. It may put Palestine on the world map but it also creates a split between Europe and the United States.feedback

Hans-Gert Pöttering

We hope there is – when there is a new government – a new approach to peace and we in the European Union and the European Parliament are in favour of a two-state solution, that means Israel in safe borders and Palestine in safe borders and I think we have to make a new approach for peace.feedback

John Gatt-Rutter

The real challenge is to make sure, now that we have this agreement, that it is implemented in good faith. I don't think the agreement in itself is supposed to be an answer to all the issues that bedevil Gaza. The only durable solution that exists for Gaza is obviously a political one. A political one between Israel and Palestine, in terms of the peace process.feedback

Mohammed Awad - Hamas

We're demanding that Palestine is a full member of the UN, and that also includes the position of the PLO and internal reconciliation. They are issues of the utmost importance for us and are central to the Palestinian cause. So to make a decision like that or take such a stance, you have to reassure yourself that all those questions have been taken into account.feedback

George W. Bush

There should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967. The agreement must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people, just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

You are here to participate in the World Water Congress, what are the most pressing problems with regard to the provision of water in Palestine?feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

They have to admit unequivocally that the Palestine Liberation Organisation is the only legal representative of the Palestinian people, and with that we can have dialogue.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Israel, Hamas, Palestine, Egypt, Obama, the children's words speak of politics and war. It's hard to believe that this generation, with what they have gone through, will be able or willing to contribute to efforts for future peace in this region.feedback

Hildegard De Vuyst

Dabke is the name of a folk dance from the region. It is not only danced in Palestine, the Palestinians were also very successful in turning it into their dance. So it is considered as their national dance. It is a way of dancing that is very much connected to the ground. There is a lot of stamping, it is very affirmative. It is very collective.The challenge for the dancers was that they were invited by us to create their own material for the show.feedback

Uri Avnery

If you want a Jewish state in all of historical Palestine, if you want to put Israeli settlements all over the West Bank, then you don't want this peace. If you are ready to accept to give back the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in return for peace you can have it tomorrow morning.feedback

George W. Bush

To promote this democracy, I will ask congress for $350 million to support Palestinian political, economic and social reforms. The goal of the democratic states of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace is within reach.feedback

Rulah Ma

We had many cancelations during this month – the month of August, and last month, in July. We had a decrease in the number of tourists arriving to Palestine, and the decrease was up to 60 to 65 percent.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We are not here to take away the legitimacy of a state, which has existed for decades – that is Israel. We are here to ask for legitimacy for a state which has to born the soon as possible – and that is Palestine. We are asking the world one direct question today – are we considered an extra people which has no place in the region?feedback

Abu Ahmed

First we call for an immediate cease-fire, second a retreat of all armed militants from the streets and a return of security guards to their positions before the start of these events, third a stopping of all media campaigns and especially those inciting violence.feedback

Tony Blair

And one other thing I would like to say while I'm on this subject if I might, neither have they any justification for killing people in Israel either. Let's just get that out of the way as well. There is no justification for suicide bombing whether in Palestine, Iraq, in London, Egypt, in Turkey, anywhere, in the USA, there is no justification for it. Period.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

We must be aware that your victory has provoked the forces of war, colonisation and occupation.feedback

Bahiya Shuraih

We want to ask Abbas to improve the living conditions for Palestinians everywhere, and to improve our situation as Palestinians in Lebanon. Because there's no work for our young people. And most importantly we want to go back to Palestine.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

Do not forget that if the Palestinians, as they have already done in Gaza, succeed in liberating a part of Palestine and to manage their own affairs through elected representatives, then that is what they must do. But we must never forget the ultimate goal.feedback

George Mitchell

We have said many times that our vision is for a two-state solution that includes a Jewish democratic state of Israel living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent, souvereign and contiguous state of Palestine.feedback

Mahmoud Abbas

I wish for the Palestinian people that next year will be the year that peace will be implemented in the occupied Palestinian lands. We, my brothers, believe in peace and are working to implement peace.feedback

Hua Chunying

We support Palestine and Israel resolving their differences and disputes through peaceful talks. China's hosting of state visits by leaders of the two countries is part of our efforts to promote the peace process in the Middle East.feedback

Sepp Blatter

We call upon the Israeli government to facilitate human relations when entering the territory of Palestine for national or international matches.feedback

Bülent Arınç

If you look at the past ten to fifteen years, you see that a cohabitation policy exists between two neighbouring states which each have their own borders. This is why Palestine deserves to be a sovereign state. Turkey will always support the just cause of Palestine. It can provide for its needs within its borders, while acknowledging the reality of Israel.feedback

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