Thursday, January 12, 2012

Palestinian youth call for Ramallah protest against Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Jordan

By Ali Abunimah

"Palestinian youth have called for a silent protest this Saturday outside the headquarters of Palestinian Authority ruler Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to protest resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Jordan.

An Arabic Facebook page advertising the protest has been set up by a group calling itself “Palestinians for Dignity.” The group has also issued a statement in English.

A two-minute video on YouTube in Arabic juxtaposes recent speeches of Abbas vowing not to return to negotiations unless Israel halts all settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land with images and headlines of Israel’s unprecendented building spree.

Text in the video states:

On 14 January 2012, [Palestinian negotiator Saeb] Erekat meets with [Israeli government representative Yitzhak] Molcho in Jordan, to negotiate.
Because this is a red line for our dignity,
Silent protest to reflect Palestinian youth’s rejection of negotiations over rights.
14 January 2012 at 1 pm at the main entrance of the Muqataa [Palestinian Authority HQ], Ramallah

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