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ILC report; 'World Vision renews support for PFLP-linked group'

Palestinians lament lack of statehood progress

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9 Mar 2012 (All day)
ILC report; 'World Vision renews support for PFLP-linked group'

Despite being informed by the Israeli civil rights group the Israel Law Center that the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees is a front group for the terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Australian 'Christian NGO' World Vision has resumed its funding of the UAWC. “It has been found that the claims are unfounded and there is no impediment to WVA resuming its partnership with UAWC. UAWC is a nonprofit company that is registered with the Israeli Ministry of Justice,” said World Vision Australia spokeswoman Chloe Adams Adams. “As a child-focused organization, World Vision is committed to serving the world’s most vulnerable children, including these children in Gaza.” The move could land WVA in legal trouble, as the PFLP is listed by Australia’s government as a terrorist organization and it is illegal in Australia to render any assistance to it.

“World Vision has now been placed on notice and the next time, God forbid, their is a terror attack perpetrated anywhere in the world by the PFLP, World Vision and its individual leaders will be hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit for aiding and abetting Palestinian terrorism,” said an Israel Law Center spokesperson. “They are simply playing roulette with innocent Jewish lives.”

Elsewhere, Palestinian commentators lamented the nearly complete absence of progress towards Palestinian statehood since the anti-climactic action at the UN last September, made painfully obvious by the fact that the subject was barely mentioned in recent meetings between Israeli and US officials during their many meetings in Washington, which were dominated by Iran’s renegade nuclear program.

“The Israeli government has a strategy: To maintain the status quo... We say that we won’t accept the rules of this game,” insisted chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

“We will go to the General Assembly at a time the Palestinian leadership chooses, in coordination with the Arab League. This is just one of the options,” agreed Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesperson to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

But a growing chorus of Palestinian analysts and commentators are dismissing such talk as pointless, pointing to the many such statements made in the past which are now all but forgotten.

“We’re now hearing of a reconciliation ‘process’,” said Hany Al Masri, a Palestinian political analyst.  “There’s more process than actual progress in ending the divisions. It’s becoming just like the ‘peace process’. There is a lack of legitimacy, but they can continue on this path if they want to. They don’t want to pay the price to their status, their powers and authority.”

 

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