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Fatah official expresses support for Syrian regime; supports various methods of "struggle," condemns US peace conference

Video posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah branch in Syria, from a Fatah delegation’s visit to the Fatah branch in Syria

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: “Syria’s tragedy is the Palestinian tragedy. The same aggression [against Syria] by 80 states – hundreds of thousands [of people] who do not know the value of freedom and democracy – is being implemented against us by the settlers. Therefore, we and Syria are in the same boat…
We have never had the fighter’s rest. We are fighting and bearing the flag in turn: once with weapons, once with popular resistance, and once with diplomatic, political, and organizational activity. If the flag falls in one arena, it is raised in another arena. Our custom is to continue [with the struggle] without relating to what is taking place around us, because all of those who convened in Warsaw (i.e., at the Warsaw Conference; see note below), according to an American decision and not according to their decision, those without a will, and those who are attached to the US – we ascribe no importance to them. What is important is our situation. We have sworn that we would boycott the US, refuse the deal of the century (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.), and condemn anyone who attempts to implement normalization [with Israel] or bypass the PLO…
No one will dare to publicly declare their treason, because their people will slaughter them even before we take any step.”
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Warsaw Conference - the US sponsored a conference in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14, 2019, to discuss peace and security in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the conference. The PA was invited to attend but refused the invitation and requested that Arabs boycott the conference.


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