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Monday, October 12, 2009

'Palestinians' start online petition against Abu Mazen

This never would have happened in Yasser Arafat's day.

An online petition has been started calling for Abu Mazen's resignation.
This demand is made in light of a series of violations committed by your and your associates that run counter to our Palestinian national interests, and among these are:

1. The embarrassing deferment of the Goldstone Report at the UNHRC meeting in Geneva
2. Lending support to the blockade of Gaza
3. Lending support to the war on Gaza
4. The systematic abuse of human rights by Palestinian security forces
5. The suppression of free speech, including freedom of the press, and a failure to respect the principles of democracy as exercised by the Palestinian people
6. The failure, 16 years after Oslo, to achieve any tangible gains for the Palestinian people

This list of grievances is certainly not complete, but it represents an overwhelming justification for your immediate exit from power.
I would say that 3, 4 and 5 are certainly correct.

At the moment, there are 1001 signatories. I reviewed the first 50, and there are a grand total of three who claim to currently live in Judea, Samaria or Gaza - all in Jerusalem.

It kind of makes you wonder whether Abu Mazen is really so unpopular after all.



At 11:52 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I would hazard a good guess all of the signatories currently from Hamas. Still the petition does two things: first, it underscores how weak Abbas is and second, it shows how far the Palestinians are from attaining national reconciliation let alone peace with Israel. In a dictatorial society like the PA, its a watershed moment. Netanyahu may have to wonder why bother to continue to hold talks with a man who appears to have lost the trust of his own people.

The Fat Lady is singing in the Middle East.


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