World Bulletin/News Desk
Dozens of Palestinians staged a demonstration on Sunday to protest a meeting between Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and a delegation of Israeli youths, scheduled as a friendly gesture on the margin of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
In response to an earlier call by a number of Palestinian youth movements, demonstrators gathered in front of the mausoleum of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Protesters chanted "Look, Abu Ammar [Arafat], the occupiers have become guests," denouncing what they called "normalization meetings."
Earlier on Sunday, Abbas and a number of PA leaders received a delegation of 170 Jewish youths at the Palestinian presidency headquarters earlier on Sunday.
Prior to the visit, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (POL)'s committee on outreach with Israeli society Mohamed al-Madani announced that the meeting "aims to send a message to Israeli society on proposals for ending the [Palestinian-Israeli] conflict."
Al-Madani said that Abbas will update the Israeli youths about the Palestinian vision for ending the conflict between the perennial enemies.
US-brokered peace talks between the two sides had resumed last July after a three-year hiatus, focusing on final-settlement issues including borders, Israeli settlements, Jerusalem and the return of Palestinian refugees.
However, talks hit a snag following the self-proclaimed Jewish state's recent announcement that it planned to build a host of new Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian negotiators insist that Israeli settlement construction must stop before a comprehensive final-status agreement can be reached.Last Mod: 16 Şubat 2014, 17:31