Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fatah declares "war on normalization" with Israel

Palestine Press Agency quotes Al Quds al Arabi saying that Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah-dominated PA has decided to declare "open war" on all cooperation between Palestinian Arabs and Israelis, formal or informal.

Fatah official Hatem Abdel Qader confirmed the report, saying "Yes...Let it be known to everyone that we will prevent any Israeli-Palestinian meeting in Jerusalem, and will try to thwart any Palestinian-Israeli meeting held in the Palestinian territories, whether in Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv", adding "There is formal approach we have in the Fatah movement to prohibit and prevent the holding of these meetings."

The article says that activists from the Palestinian national factions in Jerusalem on Monday "foiled" the "Conference of the Israeli-Palestinian Confederation" at the Ambassador Hotel in the eastern part of Jerusalem, where the hotel management said that they could not guarantee the safety of the conference attendees because of threats.

Speakers scheduled at the conference included Shlomo Ben-Ami, Sari Nusseibeh and Uri Avnery.

Which side wants peace again? From reading the media, it is so hard to tell.