Fatah to adopt strategy of peaceful resistance against Israel
www.chinaview.cn 2009-08-02 19:13:37   Print

    RAMALLAH, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party is to adopt public peaceful resistance against Israel to support peace talks between the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and the Jewish state, a new document showed.

    The document, which outlines Fatah's upcoming strategy, would be presented for ratification in the movement's long-awaited sixth General Assembly, scheduled to take place on Tuesday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

    "The forms of public resistance can be found in all types of boycotting, public and cultural mobilization against the occupation, escalating public activities against the occupation, its checkpoints and settlement and carrying out these activities on daily systematic process," said the document obtained by Xinhua.

    The awaited Fatah program did not mention any sort of military activities or reveal the future of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the movement's armed wing.

    Meanwhile, the document stressed that settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be based on UN resolutions and Arab visions rather than the U.S.-backed Road Map peace plan or the declaration of the 2007 U.S.-hosted Annapolis peace conference.

    Fatah will "stick to international references to the peace process and the Arab peace initiative and will not be drawn to alternative references that help the (Israeli) occupation disavowing its commitments."

    It also emphasized that the Palestinians can never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. "This is to protect the rights of the Palestinian refugees and the Palestinians (Arabs) who live inside the green line (Israel)."

    Fatah's sixth General Assembly is the first in 20 years. It aims at reviving the movement, after defeated by rival Islamic Hamas movement in 2006 parliamentary elections and losing control in the Gaza Strip a year later.

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