In the turbulent history of the Ummah this century, perhaps no struggle has captivated the Ummah’s desire for liberation from colonialism as has the struggle against the occupation of Palestine.
Outcast and betrayed by the neighbouring Muslim Arab states, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), effectively today’s Fatah led Palestinian Authority, took the mantel presenting itself as leading the struggle against Israel.
Following repeated concessions to the Israelis it did not take long for the Palestinian people to realise the false promises of the Palestinian Government. However, this week Al Jazeera began leaking numerous papers disclosing the full extent of the Palestinian Authority’s betrayal.
The documents which are separate to the Wikileaks cables date from 1999 to 2010 and are largely related to negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Extracts from the papers include:
On June 15 2008 in a meeting with Condoleezza Rice, the then-US secretary of state, Ahmed Qurei, PA’s former prime minister said: We proposed that Israel annexes all settlements in Jerusalem except Jabal Abu Ghneim (Har Homa). This is the first time in history that we make such a proposition; we refused to do so in Camp David.
Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator went further and named some of the settlements that the PA was willing to concede: French Hill, Ramat Alon, Ramat Shlomo, Gilo, Talpiot, and the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem’s old city.
Saeb Erekat: Israelis want the two-state solution but they don’t trust. They want it more than you think, sometimes more than Palestinians. What is in that paper gives them the biggest Yerushalaim in Jewish history, symbolic number of refugees return, demilitarised state… what more can I give?
On October 21, 2009 in a meeting with George Mitchell, the US Middle East envoy, Erekat told the Americans that they would need a “creative” solution for the division of the Old City. Saeb Erekat: “It’s solved. You have the Clinton Parameters formula. For the Old City sovereignty for Palestine, except the Jewish quarter and part of the Armenian quarter … the Haram can be left to be discussed – there are creative ways, having a body or a committee, having undertakings for example not to dig [excavations under the Al Aqsa mosque]. The only thing I cannot do is convert to Zionism.”
The far-reaching extent of the betrayal speaks for itself and shows that two decades of negotiations or so-called peace talks are little more than a complete and utter surrender of Palestine. No leadership has been as beguiling and misleading as has that of the PA.
Palestine has been under occupation for 63 years. In 1187 Palestine had been under the occupation of the crusades for nearly 100 years. Salahuddin Ayubi united the Muslims and defeated the crusader forces in the battle of Hattin and liberated the people of the region. It is a documented fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in peace and harmony under the rule of Islam in the land of Palestine.
Contrast this to the mayhem, killing and apartheid of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Today’s Palestinian peace talks proposed as the solution to the Middle East have only straightened the occupiers, while prolonging the despair of Muslims. The surrounding Muslim rulers have played their role in the betrayal by sponsoring a final negotiated settlement, which, as these papers show, would leave Palestinians and the Ummah without even Jerusalem. Meanwhile international players have used the continued negotiations to intervene in the region and justify their presence.