Fatah claims PFLP planning to assassinate Abbas (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 04/01/12)
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The leader of a Syrian-based radical Palestinian group is planning to
assassinate Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah
claimed on Saturday.
The claim followed statements made by Ahmed Jibril, leader of the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, General Command, in
which he strongly denounced Abbas and his predecessor, Yasser Arafat,
for signing the Oslo Accords with Israel.
“Ahmed Jibril is a hired agent,” Fatah said in a statement released
in Ramallah. “He is operating on instructions from his handlers in
the region who seek to eliminate President Abbas.”
The statement did not name the “handlers.”
However, a Fatah official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that
the statement referred to Syria and Iran.
According to Fatah, Jibril’s attacks on the PA leadership came after
he “failed to exploit ‘Land Day’ to achieve political gains.”
Fatah accused Jibril of planning to dispatch Palestinians to the
borders of Israel as part of the Global March to Jerusalem, an event
that was organized last Friday by a coalition of pro-Palestinian
organizations around the world.
“Ahmed Jibril is a merchant for Palestinian and Arab blood,” Fatah
charged. “He is desperately trying to appease outside parties in an
attempt to destroy the political achievements of our people and their
Jibril belongs to a group of Syrian-based terror organizations that
are strongly opposed to peace with Israel.
His close ties with the Syrian authorities have won him many enemies
among the Palestinians, especially the PA leadership.
The PA recently accused Jibril’s supporters of killing 14
Palestinians in a refugee camp near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
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