Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Al-Awda Condemns Betrayal by Unelected Palestinian leadership

January 24, 2011 Al-Awda

Palestinians around the world and all their supporters watched in
shock, but not total surprise as secret documents, "The Palestine
Papers", detailing carefully the years of so called peace
negotiations were released by the news network Al-Jazeera during
the last few days. While Palestinians are struggling to win back
their rights to their homes and lands, some in the unelected
leadership of the Palestinian Authority (PA) were making offers to
give away these rights.

The documents show that they were willing to give up the rights of
seven million Palestinians living in forced exile to return to
their homes and lands. They were willing to cede Palestinian
control over most of East Jerusalem as well as nearly all the land
on the West Bank on which the major Israeli settlements around
Jerusalem were illegally built. Even the major Muslim holy site
the al-Aqsa mosque, Harm al'Sharif, was open to "creative"

Long before these revelations, Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to
Return Coalition, its members, supporters and people of conscience
in the US and around the world were already deeply suspicious of
the maneuvering against the Palestinian people that Saeb Erekat,
Ahmad Qurei and others demonstrated during these secret
negotiations over the past many years. The Palestine Papers
released by Al-Jazeerah confirm our people's worst fears. What the
PA officials committed is a grave breach of duty and a betrayal of
their own people.

The chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and
sitting PA president Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, whose term has long
expired, bears full responsibility. We demand his immediate
resignation or removal from office. A self-appointed puppet
leadership beholden only to its US and Israeli occupation masters
cannot be allowed to stand. It does not represent the aspirations
of the Palestinian people, the vast majority of whom are living in
forced exile.

Al-Awda reiterates that a just and lasting peace can only be
achieved with the return of all Palestinians to their original
homes, towns, and villages, with full restitution of all of their
confiscated and destroyed property, and compensation. The
Palestinian people, regardless of their religious affiliation, are indigenous to
Palestine. Therefore, they are entitled to live anywhere in their
homeland Palestine which encompasses present-day 'Israel', the
West Bank and Gaza Strip.

No agreement, negotiations or parties which purport to trade away
these rights or any other inalienable rights can have any legal
basis and cannot bind or compel the Palestinian people to end the
struggle for the fulfillment of all of their rights.

The current PA/PLO leadership has proven to be both untrustworthy
and unworthy. We call on all peace-loving people around the world
to condemn this unelected unrepresentative leadership. We also
call on leaders who support the Palestinian cause to boycott this
leadership until it is removed and replaced with legitimately
elected representatives.

It's time for the Palestinians to take charge of their own destiny
and be represented by those who can bring justice to their cause
and not serve the illegitimate racist aspirations of their

Until Return,
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-918-9441
Fax: 760-918-9442
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