By Ali Abunimah
"Israeli- and US-backed Palestinian Authority leader and nominal PLO chairman
caused renewed consternation among Palestinians last week with his renunciation,
on Israeli television, of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the
homes from which they were ethnically cleansed by invading Zionist gangs during
and after 1948, and his redefinition of Palestine to include only the West Bank
and Gaza Strip.
In a “clarification” on the Egyptian TV channel Al-Hayyat, Abbas resorted to
his usual tactic of blaming the media for somehow distorting words that everyone could hear come out of his mouth
and claimed his words had been misinterpreted and that he was speaking only
personally and not representing policy..
But he is lying. Abbas’ words demonstrably represent long-standing
Palestinian Authority and PLO policy of giving up refugee rights....."