Armed members of PFLP lead march in Jenin
DAMASCUS/RAMALLAH, Sept. 26 — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) suspended its participation in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) meetings on Sunday to protest direct peace talks with Israel.
“PFLP refuses to work as a cover for the Palestinian National Authority’s (PNA) policy,” Maher al-Taher, leader of the Damascus- based PFLP, said during a sit-in in support of the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails. The decision of suspending participation in the PLO meetings is a response to the resumption of direct peace talks with Israel, Taher said.
The U.S.-brokered talks started on Sept. 2 are “concessions, especially as the negotiations were imposed as an alternative to the reference of the United Nations and its resolutions,” Khaleda Jarar, a senior PFLP leader, said in a press conference in Ramallah, following a meeting of the PFLP’s Central Committee.
The PFLP is the second largest member of the PLO after the PNA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement.
The peace talks which are not aimed at protecting the Palestinian refugees’ right to return will actually serve the interests of the United States and Israel, Taher said. Continue reading
By Stephen Lendman
16 September 2010
At least since the Oslo accords, the Palestinian faction Fatah has served Israel more than its own people.
On 25 August the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz highlighted the latest example. It quoted a Palestinian Authority (PA) source as saying that dozens of members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including senior officials, had been arrested.
On 6 September, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said hundreds of arrests had been made in response to the killings of four West Bank settlers, adding, “The decision to carry out the attack was politically motivated and intended to embarrass the Palestinian Authority.”
True or not, those affected included teachers, traders, workers, students, professionals and imams – unrelated to the incident. What is clear, however, is that Fatah’s Preventive Security Service and General Intelligence Service are doing Israel’s dirty work, while President Mahmoud Abbas collaborates during the latest sham peace talks. Continue reading