PFLP: Arab and international pressure to return to negotiations plays into the hands of the Zionist enemy

The following is from the website of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine:

Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, called for a total rejection of Arab and international pressure to return to negotiations, saying that such negotiations only play into the hands of the Zionist enemy.

Comrade Mizher, speaking with Aljazeera.net on January 4, 2009, said that a return to the futile and harmful negotiations that even the Palestinian Authority leadership itself have recognized are unsuccessful would only serve Israeli interests. He said further that relying on the U.S. administration, which is fully aligned with the occupation, is betting on mirage and illusion. Comrade Mizher called upon Arab countries to support restoration of Palestinian national unity and put pressure on the occupation, not pressure Palestinians to serve the interests of Israel.

The PFLP further condemned these attempts to push Palestinians into negotiations with the occupier, responding to the occupation authorities’ decision to build a new colony in the Mount of Olives overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Old City. The PFLP statement said that this action represents the strategic plan of the occupier to intensify settlements and Judaize Jerusalem and impose transfer upon Palestinians by forcing Palestinians into isolated, impoverished areas in an attempt to impose the so-called unified capital of the state of occupation and racism upon Jerusalem.

The statement said that merely ending negotiations is not sufficient to confront the occupation power, emphasizing the utter disregard for international law on the part of the occupier and saying that Arab regimes and the international community are silent and complicit in the face of the occupation crimes while pushing negotiations, while the United States and the Quartet directly push the occupation agenda.

The Front emphasized that a complete rejection of the “peace process” and a comprehensive review of the entire Oslo process, including an end to the so-called “transitional phase” and security cooperation is necessary. Furthermore, the PFLP emphasized the need to develop a united national strategy and unify the Palestinian house on the basis of democracy, comprehensive national dialogue, and rebuilding the PLO on the basis of national principles, protecting the inalienable rights of our people to freedom, self-determination and return.

The PFLP denounced the pressures designed to push Palestinians into the endless maze of negotiations, saying that any such process is a pursuit of a deceptive, misleading American and Israeli mirage. It demanded instead that the parties engaged in this pressure instead put pressure on the occupier to lift the siege on Gaza, rescue people trapped by disease, poverty and hunger, who lack the most basic elements of life, and to free thousands of Palestinian prisoners, and to bring occupation war criminals to trial before criminal courts.

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