Monday, August 6, 2007
While the Traitor Abbas Meets with Olmert: Barghouthi highlights Israeli expansionist projects hidden by high-profile meetings
"Ramallah - Ma'an - Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, on Sunday expressed his condemnation of the takeover by settlers of tracts of land belonging to the village of Artas, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
In a statement Barghouti said, "Hundreds of settlers, under the protection of the army, seized territory in Khallat Cotton [near Artas], attacking the citizens as soldiers fired sound bombs and gas at them, at the same time as trying to deal with the settlers, to defend their land."
Barghouthi said "This incident, which coincides with a meeting with President Abbas and Olmert, confirms that Israel is using these meetings in order to cover their expansionist designs."
Barghouthi added, "The people, through projects addressing the Israeli efforts to impose facts on the ground, will enable the failure of policies to take over land." "