Top Popular Front official makes rare visit to Gaza (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 02/27/12)
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In the first visit of its kind, one of the leaders of the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP] arrived in the Gaza
Maher Taher, who has been living in Syria and Lebanon for the past
four decades, entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border
crossing with Egypt.
It is not clear whether Taher, 63, was planning to move to the Gaza
In the past few weeks, some senior Hamas officials who used to live
in Syria moved together with their families to the Gaza Strip.
The move came after Hamas refused to support Syrian President Bashar
Assad in his confrontation with anti-government demonstrators.
Last Friday, Hamas became the first Damascus-based Palestinian group
to declare its support for the Syrian uprising against Assad.
The PFLP has thus far refrained from taking sides in the conflict.
The PFLP is one of several Palestinian groups that are members of the
PLO. Fatah is the largest faction in the PLO.
The PFLP has offices in Damascus and Beirut, as well as the West Bank
and Gaza Strip.
The group’s Secretary-General, Ahmed Sa’dat, has been in Israeli
prison since 2002 for his role in the assassination of tourism
minister Rehavam Ze’evi a year earlier.
Like Hamas, the PFLP is opposed to the Oslo Accords and supports the
use of violence against Israel.
Upon his arrival in the Gaza Strip, Taher called for unity between
Fatah and Hamas “so that we can confront occupation and attempts to
He also voiced support for “resistance” against Israel.
“I can’t believe that I’m in the land of beloved Palestine,” Taher
told Palestinian reporters. “I have long been dreaming of this
The PFLP leader urged the Palestinian Authority to abandon the peace
process “because Israel wants to control everything.” (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 02/27/12)
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