New House resolution calls for renunciation of Fatah Covenant

This resolution can impact the outcome of the upcoming Annapolis Summit by calling for Palestinian accountability.

Last week, House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced H.Res.758 jointly with Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV). This resolution calls on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, also chairman of his Fatah Party, to officially renounce ten articles in the Fatah Constitution that call for Israel’s destruction and acts of terrorism against its people.

The Fatah Constitution opposes any political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and it labels Zionism as racism. Other examples of the offensive language among the ten separate articles that explicitly seek to incite violence against the state of Israel include the following:

Article 17
(“armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine”)

Article 19
(“the struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished”)

Article 22
(“opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation of Palestine”)

Rep. Blunt released the following statement:

    “There can be no reasonable expectation of a broad-based, long-term reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians while one side’s constituting document calls for the complete destruction of the other. I believe it’s absolutely critical that the insidious nature of the Palestinian constitution be brought to light – and that those with a genuine interest in working toward peace insist its most unconstructive provisions be abrogated from the text.

    “It goes without saying that a basic condition of negotiating with someone is recognizing their right to exist – and once that’s granted, the right to live without fear of terrorism. But, at least according to the ruling party’s constitution, even these fundamental concessions continue to be rejected by the Palestinian leadership.

    “The resolution I’ve offered with Rep. Shelley Berkley builds on the Arafat Accountability Act of 2002, which sought to bring action against former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as long as he continued to sanction acts of terrorism against Israel. This resolution takes a different approach, but the message remains the same: As long as Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah Party continue to promote the wholesale destruction of Israel, there can be no possibility for peace – whether in our time, or any other.”

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November 7, 2007 | Comments Off on New House resolution calls for renunciation of Fatah Covenant

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