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Palestine doesn’t need an ‘international peace conference’ which will reject liberation strategies

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Palestinian media are reporting that Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the African Union to support, and participate in, a possible international conference “to take care of the peace process.” As always, the Palestinian Authority leader’s rhetoric shifts between the similarities in the Palestinian and African struggle against colonialism, while asking for support in promoting international interests in Palestine.

In his speech to the AU, Abbas rejected “any American intervention in the affairs of any country, as is happening now in Venezuela.” Yet, there is still no rejection of the two-state paradigm in which the US will continue to play a part. The PA is still distinguishing between different forms of intervention and playing this game to the Palestinians’ disadvantage. The two-state imposition, which safeguards colonial Israel, is a form of intervention that has been approved internationally and hence attracts negligible opposition.

However, it also dilutes any possible support for the Palestinian cause. Abbas’s promotion of the two-state hypothesis........

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