Barghouti Criticizes UN Resolution on Palestine ~ IMEMC.
Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouhti has criticized the UN resolution submitted to the Security Council by the PLO, urging the Palestinian leadership to re-word the proposal.
In a letter received by Ma’an News Agency, from jail, Barghouti said that the UN resolution is an “unjustified fallback which will have a very negative impact on the Palestinian position.”
He says he has always urged the leadership to take the question of Palestine to the UN to obtain a security council resolution, but any proposal must be in-line with inalienable national principles.
Barghouti further urged leadership to comprehensively revise the wording of the draft resolution to focus on the major issues of settlement expansion, Jerusalem, prisoners, and the blockade on the Gaza Strip.
He added that any talk of land swaps will weaken the Palestinian right to self-determination and a sovereign state on Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, noting that such a measure would be used to legalize settlement building.
Mr. Barghouti said that the PA must also confirm that settlements are illegal, war crimes, and must be removed.
Leadership must also demand that currently occupied East Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine, in addition to insisting on the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes in Israel, in line with UN General Assembly resolution 194.
The leader also criticized the draft resolution for not including the issue of Palestinian detainees:
“Though the issue of prisoners isn’t part of the final status core issues, it should be confirmed in any resolution that freeing all prisoners is an absolute right and a precondition for peace.”
The draft resolution, he says, should also include an immediate demand to end the “crippling siege” imposed on Gaza, especially after the “massacres” committed against the Palestinian people this summer.
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“We must stop negotiating with ourselves uselessly,” he added.
Ma’an further reports that Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences for alleged involvement in attacks on Israeli targets.
A senior figure within the Fateh, he was arrested in 2002 and sentenced two years later.
See also: 12/23/14 PA Rejects US Proposal to Delay Statehood Bid
PA Rejects US Proposal to Delay Statehood Bid ~ Tuesday December 23, 2014, IMEMC News & Agencies.
Palestinian foreign minister Dr. Riyad al-Maliki says that Palestinian leadership has rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal of bumping the Palestinian resolution bid for statehood post Israeli elections.
The Palestinian News Network (PNN) reports that, according to Dr. Maliki, Kerry tried to convince Palestinian leaders, during talks last week, to delay the presentation of the proposal before the United Nations Security Council, saying that it would harm Israeli elections.
Senior PA officials stated, this past weekend, that they were under heavy pressure not to request a vote on the resolution at the UN.
On the other hand, PNN reports that previous Justice minister and Israeli chief negotiator, Tzipi Livni, asked Kerry to delay the bid for statehood, alleging that it supports the right.
However, right-wing politicians Netanyahu and Bennett, Saturday, reportedly blasted Livni for asking Kerry to delay the bid, accusing Livni and Hertzog of being two-faced and being concerned for their own interest.
Palestinian leadership, on Monday, announced changes to the statehood bid, which includes the placement of currently occupied East Jerusalem as the fundamental capital, and basing the state on the 1967 borders.
Changes included halting any Israeli provocative actions including successive attacks on Al Aqsa Mosque compound and the continued desecration of Christian and Muslim holy sites.
Adjustments were also reportedly applied to the issue lands under threat of Israeli seizure and other attacks.
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