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The PA’s revolutionary rhetoric is contradicted by its actions against the Palestinian people

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s silence would be preferable to the ceremonial appropriation of the Palestinian anti-colonial struggle. On the 15th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death, or possible murder, Abbas opted for additional erosion of such struggle, issuing a string of statements amounting to nothing more than outright lies which damage the Palestinian cause.

“Our revolution is a national liberation movement that deserves to be respected,” Abbas declared. “We reject what does not agree with our rights and what our people do not accept.”

If Arafat was the first leader to compromise Palestinian resistance on such a large scale in 1993 by agreeing to the Oslo Accords, Abbas has ensured additional damage for Palestinians. In terms of political representation from Palestinian factions, the call for liberation has been muted, with occasional exceptions, none of which were articulated by the PA. Arafat’s recognition of Israel, along with his acquiescence to the concessions inscribed in the Oslo........

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