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Fatah official to European delegation: Terror wave is “peaceful popular uprising”

Headline: “Shaath called on France and Europe to recognize Palestine and impose sanctions on Israel”

“Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for International Relations Nabil Shaath called on France and the Western European countries to recognize the State of Palestine immediately and impose sanctions on Israel in order to compel it to put an end to the occupation.
Shaath stated in a meeting with a European delegation representing the European Parliament and Palestine relations committee (i.e., Delegation for Relations with Palestine): ‘The Palestinian leadership has in principal accepted the French plan , despite the international engagement in the Syrian crisis and the US and Israel’s opposition…’
Shaath briefed the delegation on the Palestinian political action plan and the internal reconciliation meetings, intended to bring the [Fatah-Hamas] rift to an end, establish a national unity government, hold presidential and parliamentary elections, and support and reinforce the peaceful popular uprising.”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means.

The French Initiative – A peace initiative proposed by the French PM Hollande’s government in 2015 aimed at reviving peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. A one-day summit was held in Paris on June 3, 2016, attended by foreign ministers of the US, EU countries, and several Arab countries, for the purpose of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. At the end of the summit, participants issued a joint communique supporting a negotiated two-state solution and proposing an international conference before the end of the year. Israelis and Palestinians did not participate in this first summit, the purpose of which was to establish a framework for renewed negotiations between the two.