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11 décembre 2013 3 11 /12 /décembre /2013 01:25
In photos: Manger Square vigil marks Mandela's passing

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Dozens of Palestinians gathered in Manger Square in Bethlehem on Saturday evening to mark the passing of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela with a candlelight vigil.

The vigil was organized by the local Popular Committee for Resistance against the Wall and the Settlements, and followed a day of demonstrations across the West Bank commemorating Mandela's legacy of resistance to the South African system of racial discrimination, which collapsed in 1994.

On Sunday, churches across the West Bank dedicated special services to the South African leader.

"Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant congregations will dedicate their prayers to the South African Leader, who embodied the struggle against colonialism and oppression," read a PLO statement announcing the services.

Nelson Mandela was a frequent advocate of the Palestinian cause. Israel, meanwhile, was a close military and economic ally of the South African apartheid regime from 1973 onwards.

Mandela called Israel a "terror state" in October 1990 during a visit to Australia, lambasting Israel for "slaughtering defenseless and innocent Arabs in the occupied territories."

"We don't regard that as acceptable," he continued.

In an interview in June 1990 with ABC News, meanwhile, Mandela said, "We identify with the PLO because, just like ourselves, they are fighting for the right of self-determination."

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