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A French citizen of Palestinian descent who worked for the PLO has admitted that
he was the source of the “Palestine Papers,” leaked to Al-Jazeera earlier this
Al-Jazeera claimed that the leaked documents showed that the
Palestinian Authority had made far-reaching concessions to Israel on core issues
like Jerusalem and the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees.
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leaked documents seriously embarrassed PA leaders who threatened to sue
Al-Jazeera for libel
, while denying that they had made such concessions during
peace talks with Israel.
Ziyad Clot, a lawyer who was involved in the
2008 Annapolis negotiations, wrote in Britain’s The Guardian an article
entitled, “Why I blew the whistle,” in which he explained his motives for
leaking the documents.
The PLO said then that it knew the identity of the
former employee who had leaked the documents, identifying him as Ziyad
Clot, who served as a legal adviser during the negotiations, said
the “peace negotiations” were a deceptive farce, “whereby deceptive terms were
unilaterally imposed by Israel and systematically endorsed by the US and EU
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“My strong motives for leaving my position with the [PLO]
Negotiations Support Unit and my assessment of the ‘peace process’ was clearly
detailed to Palestinian negotiators in my resignation letter, dated of 9th
November 2008,” he added.
Clot said the Oslo process has “deepened
Israeli segregationist policies and justified the tightening of the security
control imposed on the Palestinian population, as well as its geographical
Furthermore, he said the Oslo process has “tolerated the
intensification of the colonization of the Palestinian territory. Far from
maintaining a national cohesion, the process I participated in, albeit briefly,
proved to be instrumental in creating and aggravating divisions amongst
Palestinians. In its most recent developments, it became a cruel enterprise from
which the Palestinians of Gaza have suffered the most.
“Last but not
least, these negotiations excluded for the most part the great majority of the
Palestinian people: the seven million Palestinian refugees.”
that he concluded that his experience over the 11 months spent in Ramallah
confirmed that the PLO, given its structure, was not in a position to represent
all Palestinian rights and interests.
He added that following his
resignation, he believed he had the duty to inform the public of the most
alarming developments of the Israeli-Palestinian talks, which he described as
“unfair, misleading and unsustainable.”
Tragically, he continued, the
Palestinians “were left uninformed of the fate of their individual and
collective rights in the negotiations – and their divided political leaderships
were not held accountable for their decisions or inaction.”
that after the 2008 Operation Cast Lead offensive in the Gaza Strip, he
concluded that the peace process is a “spectacle, a farce, played to the
detriment of Palestinian reconciliation, at the cost of the bloodshed in Gaza.”
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