NSNBC – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) called for international mobilization against the planned Paris Conference scheduled for June 3 â€“ 4 aimed at resuming internationally mediated talks about Israel and Palestine.
The PFLP, the second-largest member faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) called on the people of Palestine, Palestinian refugees, the Palestinian diaspora, as well as the international community to launch initiatives against the scheduled Paris conference.
The PFLP also warns against any similar Arab initiatives that ultimately aim at liquidating Palestinian rights under the guise of â€śpeace negotiationsâ€ť. The faction particularly warns against initiatives that aim at liquidating the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homes and lands.
The PFLP called for protests in Palestine and abroad on June 3 â€“ 4 to call for the rejection of the French initiative and for launching initiatives to stop what it describes as â€śsuspicious activities that are in full swing in order to revive the marketing of the so-called peace processâ€ť.
The PFLP also called on Palestinian forces and national figures to express clearly their rejection of the French initiative, particularly in response to the attempt of what it denounced as â€śthe monopolistic Palestinian Authority leadershipâ€ť to promote this initiative. The Front stressed that the Fateh-led Palestinian Authorityâ€™s participation in the Paris Conference seriously undermines the Palestinian national consensus.
Being the second-largest PLO member organization, the PFLP stressed that the initiative was never even presented to the Palestine Liberation Organizationâ€™s responsible bodies, and that it hasnâ€™t been discussed with Palestinian forces.
The PLO is the sole organization that can legally represent Palestine internationally. The Fateh-led and dominated Palestinian Authority has, however, usurped many of the functions of the PLO since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
The PFLP also opposed the previous, failed, U.S.-mediated talks for similar reasons. On January 13, 2014, Jamil Mizher, a member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said the Front called for an end to the US-facilitated talks with Israel and a rejection of the proposals tabled by US Secretary of State John Kerry, stressing that the proposals threaten the Palestinian National Movement and the Palestinian right of return.
â€śThere is talk about the liquidation of the Palestinian refugee cause, the return of hundreds of thousands to the lands occupied in 1948, and the dismantling of the right of return of over six million Palestinian refugees in the camps, in exile and in the diaspora, who are waiting for their moment to return to the homes and lands from which they were expelledâ€ť.
He added, that it is the responsibility of the United Nations to implement its resolutions, first and foremost Resolution 194 which is guaranteeing the refugeesâ€™ right of return. He stressed that Palestinian leaders should address international institutions to put the occupation on trial, saying:
â€śThe right of return of Palestinian refugees is individual, collective, and inalienable. Discussion of compensation is about compensation for the years of exile, loss and exploitation of Palestinian land for over 60 years, not a replacement or substitution for returning to the homes from which Palestinian refugees were expelled. This is a collective right held by all Palestinian refugees and an individual right held by each refugee which and cannot be bargained away, subject to liquidation, or waiverâ€ť.
In related news, it is noteworthy that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, on Sunday, reiterated that the Palestinian Authority would welcome NATO troops to the West Bank and the Jordanian border as part of a peace agreement with Israel.
The first time that Abbas openly announced that he would welcome NATO troops to Palestine to â€śmonitor securityâ€ť was in 2014 in an interview with the New York Times.
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