- Published 17:42 16.11.11
- Latest update 17:42 16.11.11
Abbas calls on Palestinians to mount non-violent resistance against Israel
Palestinian president says his people ‘will not succumb to the occupation,’ says will meet Hamas leader next week to discuss implementation of unity agreement.
President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday on the Palestinians to mount non-violent resistance to
"We will not succumb to the occupation and we will not give up on our rights," he said at a ceremony in the city of
"We know how to defend our rights in ways and methods, including popular resistance. I call for the widest participation possible in this resistance," Abbas said.
He added that the non-violent resistance was meant as a constant reminder to the world that
Abbas said he would meet Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal on November23 to discuss implementation of an Egyptian-brokered unity agreement between his Fatah party and its rival Islamist movement, which controls the Gaza Strip.
"We should answer the question: Where are we going? Because the future is important for all of us," Abbas said.
He added that the Palestinian would not let go of their application for full membership in the United Nations, which he submitted in September.
"We will get full membership no matter how long it will take and regardless of the obstacles," he said. "We will ask the world for our right, which have been long forgotten."
Abbas reemphasized that the goal of joining the United Nations is not to isolate or de-legitimize
He also said that the Palestinians look at the
Abbas reiterated that he would not hold peace negotiations with
"Without these two conditions, there will be no negotiations," he said. "We do not want negotiations that go on forever and which go around in an empty circle."
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