Moussa: the Intifada will continue as long as the Israeli occupation
[IMRA: Once again the Arabs decline to deal with the fundamental fact that
Yasser Arafat, as leader of the Palestinian People, forfeited the right to
resist the "occupation" via any means beyond the negotiating table in his
first letter to Yitzchak Rabin on September 9, 1993 (and as repeated in the
"The PLO commits itself to the Middle East peace process, and to a peaceful
resolution of the conflict between the two sides and declares that all
outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through
negotiations." This commitment was a NECESSARY condition for Israel to lift
the exhausted Arafat from the dung heap of history and thrust him to the
center stage via the Oslo process. To assert that Arafat's commitment was
not binding is to say that there is no validity to any agreement - present
or future - with the Palestinians.]
CAIRO - AUGUST 31 - WAFA (Official Palestine News Agency) - Arab League
Secretary-General Amr Moussa said on Thursday that the Palestinian Intifada
would not stop as long as there was Israeli occupation.
He criticized Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's call for halting the
Palestinian uprising before deciding on the start of negotiations.
It is illogical to call for halting the Intifada under military occupation
by a foreign country, added Moussa.
On the racism conference which opens in Durban, South Africa, today, Moussa,
describing the conference as important, said, however, that it should not
proceed along the same line of double standards, as manifested by the new
"We are going to South Africa with full objectivity to render the conference
a success," said Moussa, adding that the conference was also important for
those wanting to eliminate racial discrimination.