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Abbas lies to Israeli Druze leaders: “Discourse of peace is discourse of Palestine”

Headline: "The Gandhi of the Arabs"

Excerpt of editorial in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

In meetings and interviews with foreign audiences, Abbas frequently expresses that peace is the only option for the Palestinians. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to Palestinians

"Yesterday [April 2, 2016] President Mahmoud Abbas received at the presidential headquarters a delegation of the honorable Druze who came from the Galilee and Carmel in order to express exceptional patriotic support of the president, his wise policy, and his realistic discourse – the peace discourse, which we will not forego or forsake…

So much so, that the head of the delegation, Sheikh Zidan Al-Atsheh described President Abbas as Gandhi of the Arabs'…

I n his words/statement to the delegation of our people the Druze, President Abbas emphasized that the discourse of peace will remain the discourse of Palestine… and that he will not fear condemnations due to this discourse, and will continue it without hesitation, just as he does not fear the arguments of those with populist slogans – those who fear and evade the truth and lie about what they call 'knife operations,' (i.e., stabbing attacks) which we do not want our children to be dragged into. After all, there is no sensible person who encourages such acts, as they have no connection to the true resistance, that which is part of a whole plan, a plan of action, creation, and life. Basically, there is no father or mother who can push their child to destruction in such a way, in these 'operations,' which so far have only ended in the death as Martyrs (Shahids) of these fresh flowers. We want these flowers to bear fruit in the gardens of the future, not to die while still young. Therefore, it is the PA's obligation to guard the springs of the future generation, the generation of builders of the free and independent State of Palestine."

Mahatma Gandhi led the Indian independence movement against the British, using non-violent civil disobedience to protest British rule and lead India to independence, which was obtained in 1947. Gandhi's method of resistance has inspired civil rights and freedom movements throughout the world.

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