PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas
PA chairman Mahmoud AbbasSTR/Flash 90

Representatives of Palestinian Arab organizations, who participated in a Russian-sponsored conference in Moscow, issued a joint statement stressing the common desire to work toward unity in the Palestinian camp and an end to the split.

The statement said that the Palestinians have the right to fight the "occupation" using all legitimate means and methods, as well as to resist attempts to label the resistance of the "Palestinian people" as "terrorism."

The Palestinian organizations expressed strong opposition to the “Deal of the Century”, as the US peace initiative to resolve the conflict with Israel has come to be known, and all attempts to "eliminate the Palestinian problem," such as economic peace and the establishment of a state with temporary borders.

They stressed that there would be no comprehensive and lasting peace if the steadfast national rights of the "Palestinian people" are not realized, primarily the right to self-determination, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in all the "occupied" territories of 1967 with its capital in eastern Jerusalem and the right of return of the “Palestinian refugees".

The Islamic Jihad refused to sign the joint statement.