Friday, 20 December 2013

Fatah official denounces escalating Israeli violations as 'peace' talks falter

Member of the Central Committee of the Fateh Movement, Fathi Abu Eshtayya, denounced the ongoing Israeli assaults, and stated that the army killed 31 Palestinians, kidnapped at least 500, and demolished 208 homes since direct peace talks between Tel Aviv and Ramallah were resumed in June this year.

His statements came during a press conference held Thursday December 19, 2013 in the Beit Jala city, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Several international diplomats, local and international reporters attended.

Eshtayya said that peace talks aim at ending the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, and establishing a Palestinian state on all territories captured in 1967, with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.

The official said that Israeli soldiers continued their invasions and assaults against the Palestinian communities in different parts of the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, and occupied East Jerusalem, leading to this large number of casualties, arrests and destruction of homes and property.

He added that Tel Aviv has a different idea for “peace” in the Middle East and is acting on sabotaging all attempts to accomplish this goal. more