When Is A Palestinian “Non-Violent” Peace Conference Not A Peace Conference?

UPDATE (6 pm Tuesday): No terrorist events reported in the last 24 hours.


The seventh annual “International Conference for Popular Resistance” began this morning in the Judean city of Bil’in. Its attendees include a who’s who of Palestinian “diplomats”, senior officials, and “everyday” Palestinians. First and foremost among the attendees at this bogus event, however, are the “foreign activists”–“activists” mainly from the European Union and the Americas who have turned “Palestinian activism” into a self-perpetuating round the clock business.

Despite its overt theme of “non-violent resistance”, the conference has all the trappings of a typical Fatah/Hamas event with pictures of dead Palestinian terrorists (ones who were supposedly “peacefully protesting” the separation fence only to be brutally “murdered” by their Israeli oppressors) festooned all around the conference facility.

In the same vein of presenting pictures of “dead martyrs”, the opening speakers today (as you can see from the schedule of events below) were mainly composed of those heavily involved in ongoing terrorism against Israel:

Abdallah Abu Rahmah:

Rahmah spent 16 months in an Israeli prison in 2009-2011 after being convicted of “incitement” and “organizing illegal demonstrations”.  Upon his release from prison, he immediately resumed his illegal efforts as “Coordinator of the West Bank city Bil’in’s Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements.” Rahman’s main job is to make sure that he rounds up a critical mass of foreign “activists”, Israeli leftists, and “normal” Palestinians to go out to the fence near Bil’in every Friday after mosque prayers and throw rocks and burning tires as Israeli security personnel.

Naji Tamimi:

Tamimi, a member of the Nabi Saleh “popular committee”  was just released from Israeli prison last month. He was convicted in March of 2011 of ““incitement”, “organizing unpermitted processions” and “solicitation to throw stones”. In other words, he did and does exactly the same illegal activities in Nabi Saleh as Abdallah Abu Rahmah does in Bil’in.

Salam Fayyad:

Fayyad is the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. He is despised by many Palestinians however for his corruption, and his appointment as Prime Minister has never been confirmed by the Palestinian Legislative Council. Nevertheless, Fayyad is the token Palestinian “non-terrorist” who has been latched onto by the West as the “voice of Palestinian reason.” 

Abbas Zaki:

Zaki is the the former representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Lebanon and a current member of Fatah’s (the PLO’s) central committee. Enough said.

As you read through the schedule below, note (if you can through all of the coffee and lunch breaks), the “Popular Struggle photography contest”, the emphasis on Hevron and Silwan, and the final day mainly devoted to the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement.

The truth is that the Palestinians perceive that their movement toward statehood is foundering and are doing all they can in this conference to regain momentum. And as Palestinian Hamas has pointed out, the PLO Administration can talk peace, but the PLO’s military wing and we will continue the armed struggle.

The Schedule of Events At the “Conference”

Presenter: Abdallah Abu Rahmah
Opening remarks on behalf of the popular committees: Naji Tamimi
Opening speech on behalf of the Palestinian Authority: Dr. Salam Fayyad
Speech on behalf of the PLO: Abbas Zaki

Detailed program:

Day One (Bil’in)

08:30-09:30 Registration
09:30-12:00 Opening

Presenter: Abdallah Abu Rahmah
Opening remarks on behalf of the popular committees: Naji Tamimi
Opening speech on behalf of the Palestinian Authority: Dr. Salam Fayyad
Speech on behalf of the PLO: Abbas Zaki
10 minutes video presentation of the popular struggle
Announcement of the winners in the Popular Struggle photography contest

12:00-12:15 Coffee break
12:20-02:30 Panel: We resist to exist Area C and the struggle for development
02:30-04:00 Lunch
04:00-06:00 Panel: Palestinian-Israeli relations, Between joint work and normalization

Evening Program

06:00- 08:00 Movie screening and discussion: The Law in These Parts

Day Two (Hebron, old city)

Hebron, from expulsion to resistance

08:00 Organized transportation from Bil’in to Hebron
09:30-10:00 Opening remarks

Speakers: The Governor of Hebron Speaker on behalf of the Hebron Popular Committee

10:00-11:20 Panel: Palestinian political parties and popular struggle, Between theory and practice

Participated by Representatives of the Palestinian political parties

11:20-11:35 Coffee Break
11:35-12:50 Panel: Lessons from the ground, achievements and failures of the popular committees
12:50-02:00 Panel: The global Intifada. The international solidarity movement and its role in resistance to the occupation
02:00-03:00 Lunch break in the Old City of Hebron
03:00-05:00 Panel: Media, new media and citizen journalism

How new forms of mass communications impact and can be utilized by the popular struggle

05:00 Departure and Return to Bil’in

Third Day in Silwan (East Jerusalem)

Resisting the quiet deportation from Jerusalem

08:00 Organized transportation from Bil’in to Silwan
10:00-10:30 Opening remarks
10:30-11:30 Panel: Resisting the silent deportation in Jerusalem
11:30-11:50 Coffee break
11:50-01:30 Panel: Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (BDS)
01:30-03:00 Lunch break
03:00-04:00 A political tour of Silwan
04:00 Departure and return to Bil’in



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