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JIMMY CARTER SAYS PALESTINIANS LIVE IN A “CAGE”

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 21, 2010

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JIMMY CARTER SAYS PALESTINIANS LIVE IN A “CAGE”

20. Oct, 2010

By ALBERT AJI

Associated Press Writer

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, left, embraces former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as former Irish President Mary Robinson, right, looks on in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. Following a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Elders, an independent group founded in 2007 to support worldwide peace-making and challenge injustice, headed into a meeting with Mashaal. The Elders, who combined Carter, Robinson, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and Indian activist Ela Bhatt, are on a regional tour to promote peace talks between Israel and the Arabs.

Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that Palestinians are “living in a cage” in Gaza and that the militant group Hamas must be included in all major efforts for peace.

Carter was in Syria with an international group of veteran statesmen known as the Elders, which includes Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson.

“We believe that Hamas should be included in all the major efforts to peace … It is part of the Palestinian people,” Carter said. He added that “1.5 million Palestinians are held in a cage or prison while their human rights are taken away.”

Israel imposed its blockade of Gaza, a densely populated coastal strip along Israel’s southwest border, following Hamas’ violent takeover in June 2007. The rival Palestinian faction Fatah, led by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, controls the West Bank.

Carter’s remarks came as reconciliation talks between the two Palestinian factions were postponed Tuesday.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, left, shakes hands with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as former Irish President Mari Robinson, right, looks on in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. Following a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Elders, an independent group founded in 2007 to support worldwide peace-making and challenge injustice, headed into a meeting with Mashaal. The Elders, consisting of Carter, Robinson, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and Indian activist Ela Bhatt, are on a regional tour to promote peace talks between Israel and the Arabs 

Hamas did not give a reason for the postponement but said in a statement that Fatah officials have said they will not attend talks slated for Wednesday.

A Fatah official said they had suggested to Hamas the talks be held in Lebanon but the rivals insisted on Damascus. The Fatah official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, right, meets with members of the The Elders, the independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. At centre left is former Irish President Mary Robinson, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, third left, Indian activist Ela Bhatt, second left and Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi, in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. 

During a meeting in Syria last month, the factions announced they have agreed on steps to reconcile and they scheduled a meeting for this week in Damascus.

Hamas said a new date will be announced.

Deep divisions among Palestinian groups remain. On Tuesday, nine Damascus-based groups that oppose Abbas denounced his recent comments, which said Palestinians would be willing to end all historic claims against Israel if a Palestinian state is established on lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.

The factions, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, said such remarks “pose a dangerous violation of all Palestinian rights.”

Source: Kansas city.com

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