Palestinians wave flags during a protest (R) 311.
The Fatah “revolutionary council” on Monday called for a state of “general
alarm” in the Palestinian territories as the Palestinian Authority prepares to
ask the UN next week to recognize a Palestinian state.
The council called
for mass marches in city centers, in solidarity with the statehood
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The council’s appeal was issued following a meeting of Fatah
representatives in the West Bank.
In its statement, the Fatah council
called for turning September 21 into a day of “national struggle” in support of
the PA leadership’s statehood bid at the UN.
The statement called on
Palestinians to stage “political” marches at 12 p.m. in all city
Fatah spokesman Osama Qawassmeh urged all Palestinians to
“assume their natural and pioneering role in making history and building the
future” as the world is about to witness the birth of a Palestinian
“The president is going to the UN carrying with him the
trusteeship of the refugees, Jerusalem, martyrs, prisoners and the aspirations
of our people to achieve freedom and independence,” he said.
Abbas was scheduled to brief Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on
Monday night on the latest developments surrounding the statehood
Abbas is also expected to meet during his three-day visit to
Cairo with General Mohammed Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian
Armed Forces, as well as visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
and the EU’s representative for foreign and security affairs, Catherine Ashton.
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