Fatah calls for mass marches in cities ahead of UN vote

“Revolutionary council” calls for turning September 21 into day of “national struggle” in support of the PA statehood bid.

September 13, 2011 03:17
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Palestinians wave flags during a protest (R) 311. (photo credit: Reuters)


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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 bid.

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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 centers.

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 state.

“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.

Meanwhile, Abbas was scheduled to brief Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Monday night on the latest developments surrounding the statehood initiative.

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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