PNA pursues high contacts with Arabs to stop Israel's eviction order

21:07, April 13, 2010      

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The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on Tuesday started intensive high-level contacts with neighboring Arab countries to stop the implementing of an Israeli decision that would deport thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, Palestinian official said.

"We are making intensive efforts with neighboring countries because Israel is trying to repeat the tragedy of deporting the Palestinians from their own land, as it did in 1948," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official.

The Israeli decision is entering into force on Tuesday. It allows the army to evict Palestinians whose I.D. cards were issued outside the West Bank, including people from Gaza and foreigners who stay in the West Bank without a temporary visiting permission by Israel.

Earlier, Palestinian officials said the decision violated Palestinian people's rights in settling inside the Palestinian territories and Mr. Abed Rabbo accused Israel of committing " ethnic cleansing to reduce the number of Palestinians living on their own land to establish Ghettos for Palestinians."

Last night, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the Israeli decision with the Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Amr Mussa over the phone, the official news agency WAFA reported.

Abbas-Mussa talks were part of the contacts that the PNA began to press Israel to cancel its recent decision.

Source: Xinhua


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