15 December 2011 [MA’AN News Agency]: The mayor of Bethlehem said Thursday after his annual Christmas address that the international community should boycott Israel until it accepts Palestinian aspirations for independence.
“We have a right to self-determination,” Victor Batarseh told reporters in Bethlehem. “We are peaceful people. We want peace,” he said after announcing the start of Christmas festivities. But it must be a “just and legal peace based on UN resolutions,” and the “only way Israel will agree to peace is if it is forced. I don’t mean violently, I mean it should be boycotted. Boycott Israel culturally, educationally, in sports and in trade,” Batarseh continued… He compared Palestine’s situation to apartheid South Africa, before it abandoned racial discrimination in the face of a global boycott, sanctions and divestment movement and local resistance.
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