Abbas, Zionist’s comprador Palestinian, renounces refugees’ right to return to historic lands

Palestinians march during a protest against president Mahmoud Abbas in the Jabaliya Refugee Camp, northern Gaza Strip Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Gazans protested against Abbas’ remarks at an Israeli television that suggested millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants would not be able to return to the places they fled, or were forced to flee, during the fighting surrounding Israel’s creation in 1948. The posters read: “traitor – you represent nobody but yourself.”(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Israel President Welcomes Abbas’ Refugee Remarks

JERUSALEM November 3, 2012
By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press

Israel’s president on Saturday welcomed as “courageous” a strong public show of willingness by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make concessions on a core issue in peace talks — that of Palestinian refugees.

Abbas told Israeli channel 2 TV on Friday that he does not want to live in his birthplace Safed, a city in northern Israel.

His words drew anger from some Palestinians because they were viewed as relinquishing a long held Palestinian aspiration for the return of those who fled their homes during the fighting between Arab countries and Israel in the wake of the Jewish state’s 1948 independence.

Abbas’ remarks reflect a decades-old understanding among Palestinian officials that only a limited number of the refugees would ever be able to return to their original homes in Israel as part of a peace agreement. It was however the first time he has said so in public to an Israeli audience. Continue reading

Israeli troops open fire on Palestinian protesters attempting to cross at Golan Heights; 22 reported killed

Israeli troops opened fire on scores of Palestinian protesters from Syria who tried to cross the frontier at the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

By Samuel Sockol and , Washington Post, Sunday, June 5, 2011

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights — Israeli troops opened fire as hundreds of Palestinian protesters and supporters from Syria tried to cross the frontier with the Israeli-held Golan Heights on Sunday. The official Syrian news agency said 22 people were killed and more than 350 injured.The protest near the Golan and other demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip marked the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1967 Middle East war, in which Israel captured those territories.
Israeli army spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai accused Syria of creating “a provocation” at the border to distract attention from the Syrian government’s deadly crackdown on the uprising in that country.In a sign of official backing for the protests, the border clashes were broadcast live on Syrian television, with comments from participants, and reporters were permitted direct access to the normally closed frontier zones.Near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, hundreds of protesters, many of whom arrived from Damascus, streamed down a hillside and marched toward the frontier, carrying Palestinian and Syrian flags and chanting “Palestine is Arab!” and “the Golan is Syrian!”

Unlike a similar effort last month, in which marchers from Syria caught the Israeli army unprepared and breached the frontier, soldiers Sunday were waiting for the demonstrators and used gunfire to hold them back. Continue reading

Palestinians plan fresh protests to mark war anniversary

Committee behind last weekend’s protests says they were ‘just the beginning’, and calls for further marches on 5 June

Palestinian protesters cross the Israel-Syria border

Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem

guardian.co.uk, Sunday 22 May 2011

Palestinian refugees are planning a fresh round of marches on Israel next month, amid signs that grassroots protests could gain momentum from deep disillusion over the prospects for peace talks and the impact of the Arab Spring.

A committee behind demonstrations last weekend, in which 14 people were killed on the Lebanese and Syrian borders, have called for further protests on 5 June to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, during which Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

The rallying call is likely to be given added impetus by Israel’s rejection on Friday of Barack Obama’s explicit backing for a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders.

The committee, which said last weekend’s protests were “just the beginning”, said thousands would march to the pre-1967 “green line” between Israel and the West Bank, the border with Gaza, the fence between the occupied Golan Heights and Syria, and Israel’s international border with Lebanon. Continue reading

Israel Hunts Syria Infiltrators After Day of Bloodshed

By Majeda El Batsh
Agence France Presse
May 16, 2011

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/16-4

Hundreds of police fanned out across the Golan Heights on Monday in search of refugees who crossed over from Syria in
some of the bloodiest violence in years along Israel’s borders.

In Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories, people gathered to mourn the 14 people killed when Israeli troops
opened fire on thousands of protesters who sought to breach its northern borders.

Hundreds were injured in the occupied Golan Heights, as well as in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank and
northern Gaza Strip as Palestinians marked the anniversary of Israel’s founding in 1948, in an event known in Arabic as the
“nakba” or “catastrophe.” Continue reading

When I Return…

[We reprint below an interesting call to the millions in the Palestinian diaspora to re-focus the collective imagination on the day of … liberation? independence? revolution? (however the day is envisioned) and share those thoughts with the community.  The call appeared on the KABOBfest website. — Frontlines ed.]

By andrew
May 11, 2011

Check out this new initiative from the US Palestinian Community Network. If you want to be a part of the project’s debut, be sure to get your submission in asap!

WHEN I RETURN – A collective celebration of hope and promise

When I Return, an initiative by young members of the US Palestinian Community Network (www.uspcn.org), invites you to participate in highlighting the collective aspirations for the freedom and liberation of Palestine. Continue reading

PFLP: The Palestinian Authority is liquidating the right of return of 6 million Palestinian refugees

Uprooted Palestinians.blogspot.com     October 15, 2010

DAMASCUS (PIC)– The Political Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Maher al-Taher, said that Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA) is trying to liquidate the right of return of 6 million Palestinian refugees in the diaspora through continuing with direct “peace talks” and the policy of acquiescence to the Zionist occupation, adding that talking about peace is misleading and deceptive.

In a statement to PIC Taher questioned the PA’s motive on insisting on negotiations and suggested that such talks only serve the pockets of some PA officials.

The PFLP leader added during a visit to Tale’e al-Ba’th Camp, where the Lifeline 5 convoy is staying, that 1.3 million Palestinians living in 1948-occupied Palestine constitute a thorn in the side of the Zionist entity which is trying to get rid of them through its “Jewish state scheme.”

He called on Egypt to facilitate the entry of the Lifeline 5 convoy to the Gaza Strip including all the aid carried by the convoy and the international sympathizers who came to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Voices from Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon: On the right of return

By Hugh Macleod

Israel may be urging Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to continue faltering peace talks despite refusing to renew a freeze on illegal settlement building, but in the tinderbox Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon life is defined by an issue neither side has ever publically expressed any willingness to compromise over: The right of Palestinian refugees to return home.

“No-one can negotiate on our right to return to Palestine. There is only one country called Palestine and we will never return there except by resistance to Israel,” says Abu Yousef, a fighter with the Palestinian faction Ansar Allah.

Absolute right or demographic danger

The right of return polarises the seemingly intractable conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis like no other issue.

For most Palestinians the right of return for the up to six million refugees who are ancestors of those who made the exodus from Palestine that followed the creation of Israel in 1948 is an absolute.

For Israeli officials – whose historians dispute the figure of six million and also the reason for the mass exodus – the issue is existential: The sheer number of Palestinian refugees who can claim a right to return to their pre-1948 homes are a demographic danger to the world’s only Jewish state. Continue reading