Palestinian Radical Habash Calls for Continued Intifada

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

George Habash, founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), urged Palestinians on Wednesday to pursue their Intifada, or uprising, in defiance of Palestinian and Israeli negotiator' meetings with US officials in Washington. 

"The world must listen to the voice of the people, the booming voice of the Intifada: not to the meetings in Washington," Habash said in an official statement. 

Habash accused Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of "ignoring the popular will" by sending a team to meet with US officials. 

"He (Arafat) takes lightly the blood of our martyrs and the suffering of our wounded and handicapped," Habash said. 

Striking a belligerent tone, he called for Palestinians to inflict great losses upon the Israeli military ranks and Jewish settlers. 

Habash, 74, resigned this year from his post as PFLP secretary general to devote time to writing his memoirs and a history of the Arab nationalist movements launched in the 1950s. Habash founded the PFLP in 1968 and led a number of attacks on Israeli targets. 

Habash also wishes to establish a research center to study the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators returned to Washington on Tuesday for consultations with US officials in hopes of relaunching peace talks. 

Since the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians started on September 28, more than 350 people have died, mostly Palestinians -- DAMASCUS (AFP)  

 

 

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