Σάββατο, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Thousands march in anti-Abbas protests in Gaza


28 Jan 2011 - Jerusalem
Mahmoud Abbas & PA stonewalled the Goldstone vote
Thousands march in anti-Abbas protests in Gaza

Thousands of cheering Hamas supporters in Gaza burned effigies of President Mahmoud Abbas and his aides Wednesday, as Al-Jazeera TV alleged that leaked documents show the Palestinian leader colluded with Israel and the U.S. against Gaza.The protests came in response to reports by the Arab satellite station about documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Al-Jazeera, which has been releasing the documents gradually this week, says they also show Abbas made far-reaching concessions on Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees.
The Islamic militant Hamas and Abbas have been bitter rivals since Hamas overran Gaza in 2007. Abbas' West Bank government is a rival to the Hamas government of Gaza. In Wednesday's broadcast, Al-Jazeera presented documents it says suggest Abbas acted under U.S. pressure when he decided in 2009 to suspend a campaign to have Israeli officials prosecuted for war crimes over Israel's war on Gaza that year. Protests erupted in the Palestinian territories after that decision.In a document from 2008, after a Hamas-engineered breach of the blockaded Gaza-Egypt border, Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qureia is quoted as telling his Israeli counterpart, Tzipi Livni, that if Israel can reoccupy the West Bank it can reoccupy a border, an apparent reference to the Gaza-Egypt frontier. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.Abbas has said he's been the victim of a smear campaign and Al-Jazeera is distorting his positions. Hamas has seized the opportunity to drive home allegations that he has no mandate from the Palestinian people to make concessions. Wednesday's protests against Abbas in Gaza were the largest since Al-Jazeera began publishing the leaked documents Sunday. In the Rafah march, protesters burned effigies of Abbas and his aides, with Israeli flags draped around their necks. A coffin covered with pictures of Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat was also set on fire.
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Thousands of cheering Hamas supporters in Gaza on Wednesday burned effigies ofPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his senior aides in the rival Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, denouncing them as traitors. The protests came in response to reports by Al-Jazeera satellite TV about leaked documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Al-Jazeera, which has been releasing the documents gradually this week, says they show Abbas made far-reaching concessions on Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees. Two-thirds of Gaza's 1.5 million people are refugees from the 1948-49 war that followed.  If an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal seemed remote before, it looks downright unattainable after a stormy week of leaks of confidential Mideast protocols by Al-Jazeera TV. The disclosures hurt the credibility http://garizo.blogspot.com/2011/01/mahmoud-abbas-plo-along-with-mubarak.htmlof Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas among his people, weakening him as a leader. They deepened the chasm between him and Hamas, distancing already faint hopes of restoring Palestinian unity as the Islamic militants burned him in effigy and branded him a traitor. The papers also affirmed that there seems virtually no chance of a deal between Abbas and hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu .

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