[Sunday October 6 2013] Hundreds of Palestinians held in a protest in the central West Bank city of Ramallah demanding the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, to stop direct talks with Israeli due to its ongoing violations, and its absent interest in real and comprehensive peace.A number of leftists Palestinian political parties organized the protest.

The protesters marched from the Manara Square, in the center of Ramallah, carrying Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the political process, and the occupation.

Protest organizers stressed that peace talks with Tel Aviv are futile, especially since Israel has no interest in real peace, and is only interested in legitimizing its illegal occupation of Palestine, and its illegitimate settlement activities.

They added that all Palestinian factions must define a clear strategy to counter the Israeli occupation, and to defend the Palestinian people, their lands and their holy sites.

The protesters further stressed on the importance of national unity, and affirmed that the Palestinian people will never abandon the internationally guaranteed Right of Return of all refugees displaced by Israel.

“No peace without the liberation of Jerusalem”, they chanted, “Unity, Freedom, and Liberation”

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed during a speech in Bar Ilan University that the Israeli occupation of Palestine “is not the core of the conflict in the Middle East”, and reiterated his demands that the Palestinians must first recognize Israel as a Jewish State, before a final status peace agreement is signed.