"What Al Jazeera does is an unprecedented shame in the history of the Arabs". Those were the words of the PLO chief negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat on Tuesday when he was asked to comment on the publication of secret documents from the peace negotiations with Israel. Erekat threatened to publish other documents which will embarrass those who stand behind the Qatar-based channel.
"We have lots and lots of documents that will show who is behind this channel ..these documents are not forged, but authentic .. We will expose what is going on between them and the Americans and Israelis," he said. The Palestinian official did not specify the names of these elements but vowed to present every document in a transparent way. "These regimes who stand behind this channel only wish to destroy the Arabs," accusing Al Jazeera of being "involved in the burning of Iraq and Gaza."
Erekat accused the Qatari channel of being selective in the publication of the so-called secret document, indicating that "we see that what was published, even on Jerusalem and refugees do not exceed two pages." And he added: "If they have 1600 pages of documents is not, as they say, they should not work according to this selectivity, distortion and manipulation." Erekat stressed: "If these documents were stolen from my office as they claim let them publish them as they came." He reiterated the Palestinian stand which demands Israel to accept responsibility for the refugees and the UN resolution No. 194 regarding their cause.