Monday, August 10, 2009

Fatah's 6th General Assembly Coverage

"Fatah set for West Bank conference" Al Jazeera (3/8/2009) "Fatah commits to Israel Peace Talks in Party Draft" The Associated Press (3/8/2009) "Abbas: Popular resistance to go on" The Jerusalem Post, By Khaled Abu Toameh (4/8/2009): The Palestinians will not resume peace talks with Israel unless Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government accepts a two-state solution and halts settlement construction "in the West Bank and Jerusalem," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Tuesday...Abbas boasted that the PA had succeeded in mobilizing the world to exert pressure on Israel to halt construction in the settlements, accept the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 and fulfill its obligations in accordance with the road map for peace in the Middle East... "Fatah Seeks to Expand Influence" The Wall Street Journal, By Margaret Coker and Joshua Mitnick (4/8/2009) "Abbas Urges 'New Start' at Fatah Conference" The New York Times, By Isabel Kershner (4/8/2009) "Delegates gather for Fatah congress" Al Jazeera (4/8/2009) "Profile: Fatah Palestinian movement" BBC News (4/8/2009) "Can Fatah reinvent itself?" BBC News, By Heather Sharp (4/8/2009) "Mideast media say Gaza overshadows conference" BBC News (4/8/2009) "Palestinian rift worse than Israel" The Jerusalem Post, By Khaled Abu Toameh (5/8/2009): Saudi King Abdullah told Fatah delegates meeting in Bethlehem Wednesday that divisions among the Palestinians were more damaging to their cause of an independent state than the Israeli "enemy..." "The arrogant and criminal enemy was not able, during years of continued aggression, to hurt the Palestinian cause as much as the Palestinians hurt their cause themselves in the past few months," Abdullah said in the letter... "At Palestinian congress, Abbas urges nonviolent resistance" The Los Angeles Times, By Richard Boudreaux (5/8/2009) "No talks unless Israel frees prisoners" The Jerusalem Post, By Khaled Abu Toameh (6/8/2009): Fatah delegates meeting here Thursday resolved not to renew peace negotiations with Israel until all Palestinian prisoners are released from Israeli jails, all settlement-building is frozen and the Gaza blockade is lifted... "Fatah extends stormy conference" BBC News (6/8/2009) "Fatah searches for renewal" The Economist (6/8/2009) "Fatah voting delayed by divisions" BBC News (7/8/2009) "Fatah reform problems highlight Palestinian split" Reuters, By Douglas Hamilton (7/8/2009) "We'll sacrifice victims until Jerusalem is ours" Haaretz (8/8/2009): ...According to Israel Radio, the Fatah general conference, which convened in Bethlehem for a three-day gathering, adopted a position paper which also states that the Palestinian national enterprise will not reach fruition until all of Jerusalem, including the outlying villages, come under Palestinian sovereignty... "Fatah will continue to sacrifice victims until Jerusalem will be returned [to the Palestinians], clean of settlements and settlers," the paper states... "Fatah: Jerusalem must be made void of settlers" The Jerusalem Post, By Khaled Abu Toameh (8/8/2009) "The agony of Fatah" The Financial Times (9/8/2009)