Protests against leaked documents published by Al-Jazeera

Published January 25th, 2011 - 09:21 GMT

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Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior aid of Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas, addresses journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
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Image 1 of 7: Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior aid of Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas, addresses journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian security forces stand guard at the entrance of the Al-Jazeera offices in the West Bank city of Ramallah after some protesters stormed into the building and sprayed Arabic graffiti equating the pan-Arab news channel's staff to (Israeli) 'spies'.
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Image 1 of 7: Palestinian security forces stand guard at the entrance of the Al-Jazeera offices in the West Bank city of Ramallah after some protesters stormed into the building and sprayed Arabic graffiti equating the pan-Arab news channel's staff to (Israeli) "spies".

A Palestinian youth walks on a Star of David sprayed on the ground with Al-Jazeera written in red Arabic letters in the middle during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
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Image 1 of 7: A Palestinian youth walks on a Star of David sprayed on the ground with Al-Jazeera written in red Arabic letters in the middle during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

A Palestinian woman walks past placards denouncing Al-Jazeera during a protest near the offices of the pan-Arab news channel.
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Image 1 of 7: A Palestinian woman walks past placards denouncing Al-Jazeera during a protest near the offices of the pan-Arab news channel.

'Al-Jazeera is not Arabic, Al-Jazeera is American, Al-Jazeera is Zionist'.
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Image 1 of 7: "Al-Jazeera is not Arabic, Al-Jazeera is American, Al-Jazeera is Zionist".

Palestinian protesters step on a Star of David sprayed on the ground with the name of the Al-Jazeera written in red Arabic letters in the middle during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
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Image 1 of 7: Palestinian protesters step on a Star of David sprayed on the ground with the name of the Al-Jazeera written in red Arabic letters in the middle during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

A Palestinian policeman stands guard outside the offices of the pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera.
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Image 1 of 7: A Palestinian policeman stands guard outside the offices of the pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera.

The Palestine Papers are the largest news leak in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and publications of information hiden from public records. A cache of nearly 1,700 files, relased from January 23 by Al-Jazeera.

Thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, documents—memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts of high level exchanges, strategy papers and even power point presentations - date from 1999 to 2010, will be released to January 26, 2011.

The documents were obtained by Al-Jazeera and shared in advance of publication with The Guardian in an effort to ensure the wider availability of their content. The Guardian has authenticated the bulk of the papers independently, but have not sought or been given access to the sources of the documents. Al-Jazeera, which is publishing the papers in full on their website, has redacted minimal parts of the papers in order to protect their sources' identities.

The response to this leak has been furor from loyal Fatah members directed toward Al Jazeera, and a sense of betrayal in the wider Palestinian and Arab populations at the revelations.

 

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