Hamas calls for protest against 'PA concessions'

Mahmoud Zahar urges Palestinian refugees to protest alleged revelations that negotiators were willing to accept refugee resettlement.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS,
January 25, 2011 13:13
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Hamas has urged Palestinian refugees to protest following revelations that Palestinian negotiators were open to accepting the resettlement of only a nominal number in Israel.

Hamas Leader Mahmoud Zahar on Tuesday urged refugees everywhere to protest.

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The call to protest came after Monday night a second cache of Palestinian documents released by Al- Jazeera showed Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and his team, in Ramallah in June 2009, discussing the notion of 10,000 refugees and their families returning to Israel as part of a final peace agreement, as ostensibly offered by former prime minister Ehud Olmert.

In a dramatic comment on the refugee issue, furthermore, at an internal meeting that PA President Mahmoud Abbas had with the Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit on March 29, 2008, Abbas said, “On numbers of refugees, it is illogical to ask Israel to take 5 million, or even 1 million – that would mean the end of Israel.

They said 5,000 over five years.

That is even less than family reunification and it is unacceptable.

There also has to be compensation, which has to come from the Absentee Property fund.”
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