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PA Continues Propaganda Offensive on Washington

PLO official Yasser Abed-Rabbo said the United States was showing "disdain for Arabs" by opposing the PA statehood bid at the UN.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 9/7/2011, 5:20 PM

Palestinian Authroity officials continued Wednesday their propaganda war on the United States' position vis-a-vis the PA statehood bid at the United Nations saying the Obama Administration is showing "disdain for Arabs."

"The subject is not settlements, or Palestinian independence or the rights of the Palestinian people, or halting the criminal violations perpetrated by the settlers against the Palestinian people," senior Palestinian Liberation Organization official Yasser Abed-Rabbo told Voice of Palestinine Radio.

"All this is being ignored and the only issue has become the issue of us not going to the United Nations," Abbed-Rabbo said..

"This shows not only disdain for the Palestinian position, but also scorn for what is happening in the Arab region - a state of revival seeking justice for the Arab peoples and justice for the whole region." 

Washington fears the Palestinians' move at the United Nations, expected later this month, could further snarl flagging US efforts to revive Middle East peace talks, which broke down last year following a row over Israeli settlements.

David Hale, the US Middle East peace envoy, was due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later on Wednesday in the latest American effort to halt the UN maneuverings and convince the two sides to return to direct negotiations.

Rabbo said US policy now appeared confined to one point: stopping the Palestinians from embarking on their diplomatic initiative at the United Nations.

Abed-Rabbo's comments are only the latest salvo from Ramallah directed at Washington. 

Also Wednesday the PA released a video attempting to turn US President Barak Obama's words on the 2008 campaign trail against him in order to shame him into accepting their position.

And Tuesday, chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat complained Washington was 'threatening' Ramallah by standing firm on its promise to veto the statehood bid in the Security Council should the matter be brought to a vote.

Erekat also complained about calls by US lawmakers to cut off aid dollars to the PA - and any nation or organization that supports their statehood bid - should they insist on raising it at the UN instead of returning to the negotiating table.