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Diaspora Palestinians unite in condemnation of secret negotiations

Question the legitimacy of PLO and PA as true representatives of all Palestinians

(CHICAGO 01/24/2011) – As Americans of Palestinian heritage, we are extremely concerned by the revelations this past weekend about secret negotiations that took place between Palestinian, Israeli and American officials over the course of several years that offered Israel large portions of Palestinian land, denied millions of refugees the right to return to their homeland and put Islam’s third holiest site – the Al Aqsa mosque compound – on the negotiating table. We are concerned because these concessions are not in the best interest of the Palestinian people; indeed, they raise serious questions about the legitimacy  of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority in their current structure and their acquiescence to and support of Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine.

The revelations came in the form of at least 1,600 documents leaked to Al Jazeera by an unnamed or unnamed sources. Al Jazeera, as well as The Guardian newspaper in England, both said they vetted and verified the information they presented to the public.

We now have clear evidence that the PLO and the PA do not with truth or integrity represent Palestinians’ interests. The documents show that the PLO’s lead negotiator Saeb Erekat was willing to concede large portions of East Jerusalem by allowing Israel to annex a number of settlements in exchange for virtually nothing. These colonial enterprises have been built in direct contravention of international law – including Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention – which prohibits an occupying force from moving its population into the land it occupies.

Ceding most of East Jerusalem and also giving Israel control of a large portion of Jerusalem’s Old City, including a portion of the Al Aqsa mosque compound, endangers the sanctity of the city not just for Palestinians or Arabs, but for the world’s billions of Christians and Muslims, from which their religious heritages are derived.

We are aggrieved that PLO negotiators were willing to deny the right of return to the nearly 9 million Palestinian refugees and internally displaced people, in addition to exclude them from participating in any future referendum to determine their own future and status. The right of return is an individual and a collective right guaranteed by international law. It is an inherent right that can not be bartered or traded away by a third party.

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URGENT: Demand House reject resolution against Palestinian self-determination

Vote is scheduled for today

(CHICAGO 12/15/2010) – The American Muslims for Palestine condemns in the strongest possible term attempts by U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to pass a resolution against Palestinian self-determination.

The bill reaffirms Congress’ “strong opposition to any attempt to establish or seek recognition of a Palestinian state outside of an agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians,” among other things.

Furthermore the resolution says “ efforts to bypass negotiations and to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state, or to appeal to the United Nations or other international forums or to foreign governments for recognition of a Palestinian state, would violate the underlying principles of the Oslo Accords, the Road Map, and other relevant Middle East peace process efforts.”

The legislation is outrageous and it is up to all people of conscience to demand their elected officials vote against the preposterous resolution. AMP strongly asserts that the job of Congress is to address the needs of the American people both domestically and internationally. By taking this unjust stance against the Palestinian peoples’ inherent right to choose for themselves, Congress will further weaken its stance in the global community and will show the United States is not an honest and neutral broker in the Middle East peace efforts.


AMP urges its supporters to IMMEDIATELY call upon their U.S. representative and demand he or she vote against this bill.

The resolution does not have a number assigned to it yet. Please refer to it as the resolution supporting a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and condemning unilateral declarations of a Palestinian state, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Howard Berman.

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