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Report: DFLP chief Nayif Hawatmah to return to Palestine
Published Thursday 24/01/2013 (updated) 27/01/2013 10:15
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BEIRUT (Ma'an) -- The secretary-general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine Nayif Hawatmah will return from Syria to the West Bank soon, the al-Liwaa newspaper reported Thursday.

Hawatmah is the last veteran PLO leader still in exile. The 84-year-old co-founded the Arab Nationalist Movement and played a major role in initiating the Palestinian revolution. He founded the DFLP in 1969 and was known as the "philosopher of the Palestinian revolution."

Palestinian sources told the Beirut-based al-Liwaa newspaper Hawatmah would soon return to the West Bank. President Mahmoud Abbas, secretary-general of Fatah, told the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen satellite channel on Monday that efforts were ongoing to bring Hawatmah back to Palestine.

The DFLP leader is the only secretary-general of a PLO faction living in the diaspora.

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine secretary-general Ahmad Saadat is serving a life sentence in an Israeli jail. He succeeded Abu Ali Mustafa, who was assassinated by a Israeli missile that hit his office in Ramallah in August 2001.

Ahmad Majdalani, secretary-general of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, Wasil Abu Yousif, secretary-general of the Palestinian Liberation Front and Jamil Shehada, Arab Palestinian Front secretary-general, are all based in the West Bank.

Arab Liberation Front secretary-general Rakad Salim, Palestinian People's Party secretary-general Bassam Salihi and secretary-general of the Palestinian Democratic Union Fida, Zahira Kamal, are also in the West Bank. Kamal is the only female leader of a PLO faction.

The secretary-generals of PFLP-General Command and Vanguards for the Popular Liberation War, Ahmad Jibril and Farhan Abu al-Hayja, are based in Syria. These factions are affiliated to the PLO but both are inactive in the organization's bodies.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian National Initiative were established after the PLO was founded, but they are expected to join once an agreement is reached to restructure the organization.

Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal is living in exile in Doha, after leaving Damascus in 2012. Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ramadan Abdullah Shallah is still based in Syria.

Mustafa Barghouti, PNI leader, is based in Ramallah in the West Bank.
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1 ) Tobias / USA
24/01/2013 15:35
- "Veteran PLO leader were ONLY ALLOWED to return from exile", because they signed the Oslo Accords and a peace proccess with Israel, but since Oslo is essentially dead, after the UNGA statehood bid, it is more likely that
- "Veteran PLO leader WILL BE return from Israel, BACK INTO EXILE."

2 ) ANTI-HARIRI / PALESTINE
24/01/2013 16:03
"..would soon return to the West Bank."how is he returning to the westbank.seems to be usual frase on ma'an news

3 ) Palestinan refugee / West Bank
24/01/2013 23:22
Nayef Hawatmeh as a PLO leader is responsible for Palestinian refugees in the diaspora. His place is to serve the needs of Palestinian refugees in Za'tara camp in Jordan, yalla. Who needs him in the West Bank?

4 ) @1unwelcome Guest / ...........
25/01/2013 03:16
when most zionists are where you are tobias.then we'll see peace.

5 ) @ Welcome #4 / USA
25/01/2013 14:13
Peace for one and statehood for the other will be achieved for both,
or neither, and Zionist are NOT leaving*, so if you're right,
"we'll see NO Peace" for Zionists & NO State for Palestinians !!

* the history/archaelogy of the Land, shows Jews to be more indigenous to the Land, so you are a guest of Zionist Jews, and you are welcome to remain peacefully in your non-state Area A/B & Gaza, and to be killed when your resistance turns violent !!

6 ) Emile / Palestine
26/01/2013 18:44
#5, Really? I didn't know they found coupons in the archeology digs.

7 ) ian / australia
27/01/2013 01:58
#5 "* the history/archaelogy of the Land, shows Jews to be more indigenous to the Land, so you are a guest of Zionist Jews..." Huh? (It's customary for an asterisk to link to a credible quote.) Archeology shows there were Jehovah worshippers in Canaan amongst other tribes. That doesn't make them "more indigenous to the land" than Canaanites worshipping El or Philistines, Baal. As today's Palestinians didn't appear from nowhere, they obviously descend from Canaanites (including

8 ) ian / australia
27/01/2013 01:59
(contd.) Jehovah-worshipping Israelites and Judahites) making them (one of) the original "indigenous" inhabitants. "Zionist Jews" are Eastern European and Russian (Weizmann, Ben Gurion, Jabotinsky, Stern, Golda, Begin, Shamir, Peres, Bibi, Lieberman...ALL of them) with the most tenuous claim to being semites at all. So, who is the guest and who is the host, REALLY? Hmmm?
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