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PFLP boycotts local elections to protest against PA security co-operation with Israel in arresting terror cell”

Headline: “It’s official: The Popular Front has decided to boycott the local elections”
     “The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has officially decided not to participate in the local elections in the occupied West Bank…
The front said in a statement: ‘In light of the fact that the PA leadership and its Security Forces are continuing to take a policy of silence about the suppression of the procession and the beating of the protesters yesterday [March 13, 2017] in Ramallah (the protest was against PA coordination with Israel in the case of terrorist Basel Al-A’araj, see below –Ed.)… and since the PA is continuing to conduct security coordination [with Israel]… the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine officially announces that it will not participate in the elections for the local councils that will be held in the West Bank.’ … The front emphasized that it is necessary to continue the intifada against the occupation and the popular activity that exerts pressure on the PA, and this is in order to stop the security coordination policy, the political arrests, and the persecution of the resistance members [by the PA], and to defend the right of the citizens, their freedom of expression, and their freedom to express protest in peaceful ways.”

Basel Al-A’araj – head of a Palestinian terror cell that planned to attack Israeli targets. Al-A'araj and his cell were arrested by the PA Security Forces in spring 2016 and held in prison until they were released on Sept. 9, 2016, largely due to a public Palestinian campaign. Israeli soldiers tried to arrest Al-A'araj in El-Bireh on March 6, 2017, but he resisted and opened fire on them at which point they shot and killed him.

The PFLP has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000- 2005 (the Intifada).
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