Abbas : ‘State of Palestine’ replaces PNA

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas gave orders Sunday for work to begin on new passports, ID cards, drivers’ licences and stamps reading “State of Palestine,” official media said.

The decree, carried by the official WAFA news agency, came in the wake of the Palestinians’ successful bid late last year for non-member observer state status at the United Nations over intense Israeli and US opposition.

Abbas said the changed language on official documents would help strengthen the Palestinian state “on the ground and build its institutions… and its sovereignty over the its land.”

Already last week, he ordered the foreign ministry and embassies around the world to begin using “State of Palestine” in official correspondence.

Previously, official documents issued by Abbas’s government, including passports and other identification documents, had been labelled as issued by the Palestinian Authority, which he heads.

Israel has criticised the Palestinians for their successful bid for enhanced UN status, saying Palestinian statehood can only be achieved through bilateral talks with the Jewish state.

The Israeli foreign ministry declined to comment on the latest Palestinian move.

The Palestinians say the UN upgrade will strengthen their position in negotiations with Israel and is a complement to any future talks.

 

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  • http://www.iranaware.com/ American Infidels

    All the stationary you can print may make you think your a state, but with out handouts they would collapse in a week .Maybe should focus on becoming a state as opposed to terrorism.. Its too late the hate,violence and stupidity has been inbred into the Pal DNA

    • Hannibal

      I beg to differ, people without land and identity breed terrorism… When you have a state with jobs and a future, terrorism disappears. Look at the U.S. months ago what do you make of the occupy movement? People with no jobs, no wealth, no future. They started as occupy and will end as terrorize. 
      Having a country to go to and releasing the Arab and non-Arab countries from despot regimes guarantee a stable future for all.

  • http://www.iranaware.com/ American Infidels

    All the stationary you can print may make you think your a state, but with out handouts they would collapse in a week .Maybe should focus on becoming a state as opposed to terrorism.. Its too late the hate,violence and stupidity has been inbred into the Pal DNA

    • Hannibal

      I beg to differ, people without land and identity breed terrorism… When you have a state with jobs and a future, terrorism disappears. Look at the U.S. months ago what do you make of the occupy movement? People with no jobs, no wealth, no future. They started as occupy and will end as terrorize. 
      Having a country to go to and releasing the Arab and non-Arab countries from despot regimes guarantee a stable future for all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meqdad.taheri Meqdad Taheri

    Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim. 

    We must know the roots of the Occupation if we are to ever free Filastin.
     
    And its roots, unfortunately, run deep.

    Before 1948, Filastin was ruled by a series of empires. “Palestine” was the name given to southern Bilad al-Sham (Greater Syria) in the second century by the Romans, in an attempt to break the Jewish adherence to the land. This was a century after the Temple (Beit al-Maqdis) was destroyed and more than a million Jews massacred.

    The Jews stopped fighting the Romans only after they had no more fighting men standing. Conservative Christian attitudes toward the Jews and Filastin can be epitomized by the words of Evangelist William Eugene Blackstone, who proclaimed in 1891 that “the Jews never gave up their title to Palestine… They never abandoned the land. They made no treaty, they did not even surrender. They simply succumbed, after the most desperate conflict, to the overwhelming power of the Romans.”

    This is what we are up against.

    The Jews persisted through the centuries under the various empires, after the Arab invasion of 635AD (which the Jews fought alongside the Byzantines), and after the Crusade massacres of the 11th Century, which decimated much of their population.

    Few in the Muslim Ummah know that Jewish customs, religion, prayers, poetry, holidays, and virtually every walk of life, documented for thousands of years—all revolve around Filastin and al-Quds. They pray for al-Quds in every prayer, after every meal, in every holiday, at every wedding, in every celebration. The whole Jewish religion is about Filastin and al-Quds. Western expressions such as “The Promised Land,” and “The Holy Land,” did not pop out of void. They have been part of Western knowledge and tradition dating back to the beginning of Christianity and earlier.

    After the Crusades, the Jews lived peacefully with Arabs, often in the very same villages, as in Pki’in, in the Jalil, until the Zionist immigration of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Article 6 of the PLO Charter calls for the acceptance of all Jews present in Filastin prior to the Zionist immigration. These Jews were simply another ethnic group in a region composed of Sunnis, Shiites, Jews, Druz, Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Circassians, Samarians, and more. Some of these groups, like the Druz, Circassians, Samarians, and an increasing number of Christians, are actually loyal to the Zionist Entity.

    Incidentally, genetic studies show that the Zionist immigrants are closely related to groups like the Samarians who have lived in Filastin for thousands of years—a fact that Zionists view as a moral stamp of approval on their presence in Filastin.

    Few in the Muslim Ummah realize it, but it will take a lot to free Filastin, and, as brilliantly described in Jonathan Bloomfield’s award-winning book, “Palestine,” knowing the occupier is an integral part of planning the struggle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meqdad.taheri Meqdad Taheri

    Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim. 

    We must know the roots of the Occupation if we are to ever free Filastin.
     
    And its roots, unfortunately, run deep.

    Before 1948, Filastin was ruled by a series of empires. “Palestine” was the name given to southern Bilad al-Sham (Greater Syria) in the second century by the Romans, in an attempt to break the Jewish adherence to the land. This was a century after the Temple (Beit al-Maqdis) was destroyed and more than a million Jews massacred.

    The Jews stopped fighting the Romans only after they had no more fighting men standing. Conservative Christian attitudes toward the Jews and Filastin can be epitomized by the words of Evangelist William Eugene Blackstone, who proclaimed in 1891 that “the Jews never gave up their title to Palestine… They never abandoned the land. They made no treaty, they did not even surrender. They simply succumbed, after the most desperate conflict, to the overwhelming power of the Romans.”

    This is what we are up against.

    The Jews persisted through the centuries under the various empires, after the Arab invasion of 635AD (which the Jews fought alongside the Byzantines), and after the Crusade massacres of the 11th Century, which decimated much of their population.

    Few in the Muslim Ummah know that Jewish customs, religion, prayers, poetry, holidays, and virtually every walk of life, documented for thousands of years—all revolve around Filastin and al-Quds. They pray for al-Quds in every prayer, after every meal, in every holiday, at every wedding, in every celebration. The whole Jewish religion is about Filastin and al-Quds. Western expressions such as “The Promised Land,” and “The Holy Land,” did not pop out of void. They have been part of Western knowledge and tradition dating back to the beginning of Christianity and earlier.

    After the Crusades, the Jews lived peacefully with Arabs, often in the very same villages, as in Pki’in, in the Jalil, until the Zionist immigration of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Article 6 of the PLO Charter calls for the acceptance of all Jews present in Filastin prior to the Zionist immigration. These Jews were simply another ethnic group in a region composed of Sunnis, Shiites, Jews, Druz, Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Circassians, Samarians, and more. Some of these groups, like the Druz, Circassians, Samarians, and an increasing number of Christians, are actually loyal to the Zionist Entity.

    Incidentally, genetic studies show that the Zionist immigrants are closely related to groups like the Samarians who have lived in Filastin for thousands of years—a fact that Zionists view as a moral stamp of approval on their presence in Filastin.

    Few in the Muslim Ummah realize it, but it will take a lot to free Filastin, and, as brilliantly described in Jonathan Bloomfield’s award-winning book, “Palestine,” knowing the occupier is an integral part of planning the struggle.