Thursday, January 15, 2009

Balad Party Chair: Abbas Must Decide if He is Chairman of the PLO or of Ramallah'

Calls on Abbas to Condemn Israel, sign petition

Ynetnews, January 15, 2009 - Balad Chairman Jamal Zahalka, whose party was disqualified from the national elections earlier this week, slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for refraining from condemning Israeli leaders for the operation in Gaza. Speaking at a Shefaram conference Wednesday, Zahalka said, "Abbas is doing nothing. He is just watching from the sidelines. He must decide if he wants to be chairman of the PLO or chairman of Ramallah."

During the conference, intended to show support for the people of Gaza, Zahalka claimed the Palestinian president must answer appeals from rights organizations and sign a petition demanding Israeli leaders be tried in international court for the "slaughter in Gaza".

Abbas has so far refrained from signing the petition, which rights organization leaders plan to file with a Roman court.

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