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Fatah: Palestinian Authority supports escalating popular resistance
Published Monday 25/02/2013 (updated) 26/02/2013 11:00
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A protester throws a stone during clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron,
Feb. 24. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority supports and helped organized an escalation in popular resistance in the West Bank, a senior Fatah official said Sunday.

"Resistance is a natural right and we agree unanimously on escalating popular resistance," Azzam al-Ahmad told the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen satellite channel.

Al-Ahmad, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, said the Palestinian Authority had helped escalate popular resistance in the West Bank.

He said the PA may complain to the UN Security Council over the death of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat in Israeli custody on Saturday.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqe said Sunday that Jaradat died as result of extreme torture. The Palestinian Authority state pathologist was present at the autopsy on Jaradat's body, which was carried out in Israel.

"There were marks of torture on the back, marks of torture on the chest, a deep wound on the upper side of the shoulder, wounds alongside the spine and marks of torture underneath the skin," Qaraqe said, based on the Palestinian doctor's basic findings.

Al-Ahmad said Jaradat's death would further deteriorate the situation, which was already tense amid protests over the plight of four Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

He said the ongoing unrest could lead to a third intifada, "and if that happens, Israel's arrogance will be the cause."

Thousands protested Jaradat's death across the West Bank and Gaza on Sunday, and dozens of Palestinians were injured in violent clashes with the Israeli army.

The committee for popular resistance in Palestine on Monday called for more protests and solidarity tents in response to Jaradat's death.

The committee said Israel had killed Jaradat to put down strikes by Palestinian detainees. "This crime committed by Israel will receive its punishment," it said in a statement.

Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghouti said Monday that escalating protests were "a natural development of popular non-violent resistance into a popular non-violent intifada and there is nothing left for Palestinians but to use their popular resistance to get their freedom.

"The Israelis have left no door open for Palestinians. They've killed every possibility for peace during the last 20 years, throughout the so-called Oslo process," Barghouti told Ma'an.

"They are using settlements and Israeli army violence to provoke Palestinians and suppress them. We counted tens of cases of people hit with live ammunition in the last week,"

Barghouti, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, said the international community had ignored the Palestinian issue "and Palestinians have realized they are to rely on themselves."

He added: "The atmosphere is similar to the first intifada: it's popular, non-violent and massive and will spread all over the Palestinian territories."
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
25/02/2013 10:39
Why 'may' complain to the UNSC? It should be a definative word such as 'will' complain to the UNSC and ICC. The time has come when Israeli govt needs a bamboo up its back side.

2 ) Walid / Jordan,Akko
25/02/2013 10:53
At last they found out that they have to support the ENTEFADA ...!!!!!????

3 ) Lynx / Palestine
25/02/2013 11:11
How laughable - the very same "Authority" whose policemen have the sole job of preventing Palestinians from reaching the illegal settlements, even their by-pass roads, will "permit" the third intifada to kickstart to terminate the illegal occupation once and for all? Please spare us Mr. Al-Ahmad - we are not toddlers! The occupation is synonymous with the so-called Palestinian Authority - they are both two sides of the same coin. I wish more Palestnians would see that. Oslo was a hoax. A crime

4 ) Matti Nevalainen / Finland
25/02/2013 11:19
Is Palestinian Authority a partner for peace? It doesn't look like it is. It's a bunch of hooligans that doesn't deserve a state at all.

5 ) Bemused / New Zealand
25/02/2013 12:35
AKeenReader - it is the PA who need a stick of bamboo before they will complain to anybody, whether it's the UNSC, the International Criminal Court, or even to their own mother...but I fear there is no stick of bamboo long enough to penetrate their well-cushioned and comfortable back sides......

6 ) Liz / Ireland
25/02/2013 13:38
Mr Karadats family should insist on his funeral passing down Shahuda st. It will cause a huge standoff. Personally very difficult but he is now a national figure

7 ) Jane / PA
25/02/2013 14:29
This guy try to win some popularity for him, Al Fatah?s leadres and PA. They are afraid that the third Entifada will strike them also. The populare resitance is organized by the other poeple.

8 ) Mel / USA
25/02/2013 16:21
#4:Matti:"It's a bunch of hooligans"? B4 you start calling millions of civilian people WHO HAVE EXISTED,BARELY,under Zionist terrorism&Israel's militarist invasion/Occupation since 1934-47-8-67-73 etc,to today,"hooligans" just remember who the ORIGINAL "hooligans"are. ZIONISTS!Who took away any real PALESTINIAN political autonomy,defense&cohesion in its Divide Et Impera policy!All Palestinians do the BEST they can under the BRUTAL restrictions forced on them ALL!

9 ) Palestinian / Jerusalem, Palestine
26/02/2013 16:46
Just ignore Matti Nevalainen, he's obviously so far away from reality its hard and even painful to comprehend. Lets hope he makes like the wind and just dissappears like the forumtroll he is. He's a known troller. Three cheers for Palestine!
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