Palestinian activists criticize PA leadership, call for end of Oslo Accords

Click photo to download. Caption: Palestinians have started demanding the resignation of PA President Mahmoud Abbas (pictured) and the cancellation of the Oslo Accords (which established the PA). Credit: World Economic Forum. (JNS.org) Palestinians are expressing increasing frustration at their leaders, with the latest example being a call by Palestinian activists for mass demonstrations in the West Bank to demand an end to the Oslo Accords, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The call for demonstrations comes amid nearly 10 days of protests throughout the West Bank. While the protests were initially only directed against Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and his economic policies, in the past few days Palestinians have also started demanding the resignation of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the cancellation of the Oslo Accords (which established the PA).

Palestinians “need to liberate ourselves from the terrible conditions of the agreement” through popular resistance, national unity and boycott, divestment and sanctions, Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouti told the Ma’an news agency.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu transferred NIS 250 million to the PA in order to help stabilize the situation and end the protests. Fayyad also announced a package of subsidies and tax cuts.

In his weekly radio address to Palestinians, Fayyad renewed his appeal to Arab countries and Western donors to provide the PA with financial aid to ease the economic hardships.

Posted on September 13, 2012 .