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Leftists hold rallies across West Bank rejecting negotiations
Published Saturday 25/01/2014 (updated) 27/01/2014 17:33
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Leftist Palestinian parties on Saturday held demonstrations across the West Bank in opposition to negotiations with Israel and US Secretary of State John Kerry's framework proposal that will serve as the basis for future negotiations.

Leftist rallies in Hebron and in Nablus brought hundreds to the street to reject the negotiations proposals from the US leader, which they claimed were intended to "liquidate the question of Palestine and prolong the Israeli occupation."

Kerry is expected to announce a framework proposal to guide ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority within the coming days.

Some expect the proposal to include demands that Palestinians relinquish control over large areas of the West Bank upon which Israel has built settlements, as well as demands that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

The rally in Hebron kicked off in front of al-Hussein Ibn Ali football stadium in the southern West Bank city. Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and flags of leftist factions, alongside signs denouncing the "pressure" the US and Israel are putting on the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority to accept negotiations.

Member of the central committee of the Palestinian People's Party Fahmi Shahin delivered a speech during the rally, calling upon the Palestinian Authority to "immediately stop peace negotiations and to reject the US sponsorship to these talks."

The US proposals “to accept the Israeli occupation as a fact must be rejected," he added.

Shahin urged the Palestinian Authority to reject any move to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and called upon them to demand the implementation of the Palestinian refugees' right of return to the villages from which they were expelled in 1948.

The demonstrators later headed to a protest tent erected by UNRWA employees in the city, in order to show solidarity with local workers currently on strike against the UN refugee agency due to a series of layoffs.


In Nablus, hundreds attended a rally starting at the Martyrs' roundabout in the northern West Bank city center.

The rally condemned Kerry's proposed framework agreement and the perceived US bias in favor of Israel in ongoing peace talks, as well as any proposal to extended negotiations or impose an agreement upon the Palestinians.

Participants stressed that the agreement represents a blow to the Palestinian national consensus, as it comes not from international guidance but under US supervision, and is being brought forward without a halt to Israeli settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.

Member of the political bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ramzi Rabah said that Kerry's repeated visits to the region have served as a way to give Israel more time to continue settlement activities, in the process imposing a new status quo that is destroying the possibility of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem.

Rabah added that the framework agreement represents a great danger that has been rejected by the Palestinian people as being inconsistent with their national rights.

He added that the agreement is a cover to allow Israel to speed up the processes of settlement and the Judaization of Jerusalem, in the process restricting the choices available to Palestinians.

Rabah demanded that Palestinian leadership declare its outright rejection of the Kerry plan and any extension of the negotiations, calling for an end to the vicious circle of futile negotiations that he said only benefit the Israeli occupation.

Rabah also praised the position of the European Union, which has launched a comprehensive boycott of Israeli settlement products and Israeli institutions built in areas occupied by Israel in 1967.


Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under the auspices of the US after nearly three years of impasse.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements since peace talks began.

Palestinian officials have repeatedly said that recognizing the concept of Israel as a "Jewish state" is unnecessary and threatens the rights of nearly 1.3 million Palestinian citizens of Israel who remained in their homes during the displacement of the majority of the Palestinian population during the 1948 war.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
25/01/2014 22:58
Fine. Don't negotiate. Then the current situation continues until Israel settles the matter by creating a Palestine complete with borders. Forget Jerusalem (wasn't going to happen anyway), forget an enclave in Jerusalem, forget compensation for no right of return (also wasn't going to happen). Palestinians get a state, end of story. As Bob Dylan wrote, "you better choose...which of those bills you want before they all disappear."

2 ) R / USA
25/01/2014 23:50
That Rabah comprehends the boycott push is a threat being used by the USA too is not clear. The EU will withhold money to the Palestinians if they do not go along, he is mistaken to trust them. Of course he is right not to trust the USA, they are using the threats to get Israel to agree even though they will not be making concessions. There will be more bluster coming from Netanyahu, more greedy demands, but he'll agree with the framework in the end.

3 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
26/01/2014 10:51
An occupied state can be unoccupied. But currently Israel does not hardly recognize Palestinians has worthy of statehood or rights. Get recognition of statehood worthiness, even as occupied and conditions can improve over time. And since Israel cannot define the term "Jewish State" recognize what Palestine can accept as what the term should mean based on Palestinian understanding of what Arab Israeli rights are legally. Toss the ball back in the Israeli court as to what it means.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/01/2014 10:54
A lesson in contradictions. In Israel, the left wing demands peace with the Palestinians. In Palestine, the left wing demands war with Israel. And, of course, if Israel is not the national homeland of the Jewish people, then Palestine is not the national homeland of the Palestinian people - who in that case clearly would have no national rights. The best answer might be a new state called Palestinian Arabia - but then the Moslems would demand Islam as the national religion - sheer racism, no?

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/01/2014 13:22
#4 You are not the real Brian Cohen and for the record, protesting against negotiations ? "demanding war with Israel." Furthermore, Israel is the national homeland of the Israelis; Palestine is the national homeland of the Palestinians. That's the only way to recognize it equally and fairly. Stating that it is the homeland of the Jewish people is false and highly arrogant. There are millions of Jews around the world and not even 10% of them are living in Israel.

6 ) @ Outlier-1, Mark-3, & Brian-4 / USA
26/01/2014 16:16
[1] You are right, "Don't Negotiate", means * "The Situation Continues", & * Palestine Won't Become A State. [3] When all Palestinians (including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc.) recognize Jews "as worthy of rights, statehood", and security, without any preconditions, they will receive the same from Israel. [4] I agree about the "lesson in contradictions", and Leftist should realize that their rallies help Israel, because * NO NEGOTIATIONS means * NO STATEHOOD for Palestine.

7 ) kholdoon / Palestine
27/01/2014 12:52
Mr allahham those opposing negotiations are not leftists they are all Palestinians except beneficiaries from Oslo and occupation.
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