Several Palestinian groups and figures launched a campaign on Sunday to demand
that the Palestinian Authority halt peace talks with Israel.
At a press
conference in Ramallah, the organizers of the campaign said that the PA
leadership should “give in to popular demands to stop the negotiations with the
government of [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu.”
The call for halting
the peace talks came as PA President Mahmoud Abbas was preparing to meet with US
President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in
New York on Tuesday.
Abbas is expected to brief Obama on the outcome of
the talks, a PA official in Ramallah said.
According to the official,
Abbas will complain to Obama about continued construction in the settlements and
plans to build new housing units in some east Jerusalem
“President Abbas will make it clear that Israel’s policies
are jeopardizing the peace talks,” the official said.
The organizers of
the new campaign said that the PA leadership should abandon the talks in favor
of “reorganizing the Palestinian home, and completing efforts to see Palestinian
membership in the UN.”
They also signed a petition rejecting the idea of
any land swaps with Israel and the annexation of settlement blocs, including
east Jerusalem, to Israel in a future deal.
The campaign is being waged
by various Palestinian groups, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, the Palestinian People’s Party, The National Initiative, the
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Palestinian Democratic
Union, as well as several Palestinian political figures.