Hamas: PLO does not represent Palestinian people

Dr. Faiz Abu Shamala, journalist at official Hamas newspaper, 'Falastin,' challenges PLO’s ability to represent PA Arabs.

Dalit Halevi,

Hamas rally in Gaza
Hamas rally in Gaza
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Dr. Faiz Abu Shamala, one of the prominent Palestinian journalists at Hamas’ official newspaper, Falastin has challenged the PLO’s ability to lead and represent the Palestinian Arabs.

“How can we believe that the PLO is the only legitimate face of the millions of Palestinians that live in Jordan and have Jordanian passports,“ Shamala wrote.

Abu Shamala added that “with what happened to the Palestinians that live in Jordan and carry Jordanian passports, how can the PLO call itself a legitimate representative?”

The statement made by Mahmud Abbas at the General Assembly at the UN claiming that the PLO is the only legitimate face of Palestinians everywhere is a complete misunderstanding of the facts and removes the democratic right of the Palestinians to elect their own leadership, Abu Shamala asserted.

In fact, Hamas tried to pressure the PLO into making reformations to its structure so that other organizations can join and the leadership could be renewed alongside Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

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