The Fatah youth movement in the West Bank issued a statement demanding that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) boycott Tony Blair, the Quartet Representative and to classify him as a persona non grata (unwanted Person) in the Palestinian territories.
The Fatah youth said in its statement, of which they sent copies to Blair’s office in London, representatives of socialist youth movements, to representatives of the Quartet and to members of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), that the hour of truth has arrived in Palestine and that the international community stands today in front of its historic responsibilities toward the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
They added that only few countries and peoples have stood up against the right of the Palestinian people’s full membership in the United Nations, including the zionist lobbies located in several countries of the world and Tony Blair, who exercised an ugly role in order to prevent our people from enjoying our legitimate right to have a full membership in the international organization.
The Fatah youth statement mentioned Blair’s bias towards the permanent imposition of the Israeli siege on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and his efforts for the release of “Gilad Shalit / גלעד שליט” while forgetting that thousands of Palestinians are permanently imprisoned in Israeli jails for no reason at all, including children, women, elderly and patients.
The Fatah youth said that Blair has double standards of policy, and that while he makes himself blind to the ethnic cleansing and the displacement of hundreds of Palestinians from their homes only a few hundred meters from his office in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem, he continues fully supporting the occupational genocide. Fatah said that Blair became an envoy representing the voice of the occupier, not the international proclamation and certainly no laws. He is a part of the problem and not a part of the solution. He has only worked to avoid offending the extremist Israeli government, and in return he did nothing to stop the Israeli occupier violations of human rights and international law.
On the other hand, Mohammed Shtayyeh, a member of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Movement (Fatah), a member of the Palestinian negotiating delegation and a close associate of Abbas, said earlier to Voice of Palestine Radio that Tony Blair is no longer trusted as a honest broker and representative of the quartet.
Shtayyeh said that the Palestinians wrote to the Quartet of mediators in the Middle East, including the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations, which Blair has represented until now, saying that their recent proposal for the resumption of the negotiations is vague and meaningless. The Palestinians say that the Quartet has refrained from explicitly demanding from Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.