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Palestinian National Council denounces PFLP-GC leader over Syria
Published Tuesday 18/12/2012 (updated) 18/12/2012 16:57
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AMMAN, Jordan (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian National Council on Tuesday denounced faction leader Ahmad Jibril over his role in involving Palestinians in the conflict in Syria.

In a message to President Mahmoud Abbas, the PNC denounced Jibril as in 1983 when he bombarded Yasser Arafat and Abu Jihad forces while they were besieged in Tripoli.

Jibril, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, is accused of dragging Palestinians into the conflict despite a decision by the Palestinian leadership that Palestinians must not intervene in internal Syrian affairs.

The PNC in its 1984 session suspended the membership of Jibril and other leaders of the PFLP-GC after he fought late President Yasser Arafat in Tripoli a year earlier.

Thus, the PNC will address the case of Jibril in the first future meeting in order to expel him and all others who contributed to the killing of Palestinians.

Expulsion would be based on article 73 of the PNC's internal law.

Thousands of Palestinians have fled Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus amid weeks of fighting between rebels, backed by some Palestinian fighters, and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The camp has come under heavy jet and artillery fire by the Syrian regime.

Jibril's PFLP-GC has fought alongside Assad's forces, but rebels say many PFLP-GC fighters have defected to join them. Jibril left the camp days ago, rebel sources said.

Syrian rebels said Monday they had taken full control of the camp, on the southern edge of Assad's Damascus powerbase.

"All of the camp is under the control of the (rebel) Free Syrian Army," said a Palestinian activist in Yarmouk. He said clashes had stopped and the remaining PFLP-GC fighters retreated to join Assad's forces massed on the northern edge of the camp.

The PNC said it feared government troops would storm the camp and commit massacres, and called on the UN and the international community to intervene and provide urgent assistance to refugees.

The council has written to the Arab Parliamentary Union, the Arab Parliament and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as well as the Council of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and a number of European parliaments warning of the urgency of the situation.

Jibril's alliance with Assad has caused divisions within PFLP-GC and the resignation of several central committee members, who have criticized the group's leader for arming Palestinians.


A previous version said the PNC expelled Jibril. In fact, it condemned his role in Syria and said it would seek to expel him during its next meeting.
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1 ) Mel / USA
18/12/2012 14:21
Oh my Lord! I don't care which factions are which or who believes WHAT,politically or ideologically!This is so heartbreaking to see Arabs being FORCED without choice-OR CHOOSING 2B PAID-to fight FELLOW Arabs by FOREIGN PROVOCATEURS & CORRUPTION again&again&again,when they SHOULD BE UNITING to defend their future/children! The factions are DOING EXACTLY what the West,NATO,Zionism wants them to do, i.e. KILL EACH OTHER & destroy any chance of UNITING as sovereign,peaceful,ARAB NEIGHBOR/BROTHER!

2 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
18/12/2012 15:26
Arab Muslims have always divided and fought each other since the death of Mohammed, Mel. The socalled Golden Age, the first four caliphates, were each assassinated by their "brothers. As usual, Mel, your understanding of history is dismal and this results in your constantly misinterpreting current crises in the Arab world. May I suggest you read the two works of Canadian Muslim writer and journalist, Tarek Fatah. His writing is clear and he upends the Mideastern fantasies of people like you.

3 ) BRIAN COHEN / ALQUDS
18/12/2012 18:48
The factions are DOING EXACTLY what the West,NATO,Zionism wants them to do, i.e. KILL EACH OTHER & destroy any chance of UNITING as sovereign,peaceful,ARAB NEIGHBOR/BROTHER!

4 ) tele / ..
18/12/2012 23:36
stupid article.pnc .plo all used by a nondemocratic p.a.

5 ) rashid / lebanon
19/12/2012 00:00
It's known some al Aqsa brigades members have been involved in Syria fighting-maybe exclude Abbas and Fateh?

6 ) Christof Lehmann / Denmark
30/12/2012 16:10
The article is a sham. A small group, loyal to Khaled Mashal?s Qatar funded Hamas faction enabled Qatar/Saudi Arabia funded foreign mercenaries to stage an attack against Jibril and the PFLP-GC office in Yarmouk. The government of Syria provided safe haven for Yarmouk residents and helped the popular committees to clear the camp. Read www.nsnbc.me to learn the truth. The spreading of disinformation as in this article is not only treasonous but evidence of political incompetence.
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