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Haniyeh calls for West Bank uprising

Feb. 23, 2010 3:45 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2010 9:33 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – De facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday called on Palestinians in the West Bank to launch an uprising against Israeli forces, in response to the inclusion of the Ibrahimi Mosque and Rachel's Tomb on a list of Israeli heritage sites.

Haniyeh's comments came during a session of the Palestinian Legislative Council, where he stated that Arab and Muslim countries should respond by supporting Palestinian resistance, and not by offering a political cover for the resumption of negotiations.

"The Israeli decision to include the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque [Rachel's Tomb] in Bethlehem on a list of Israeli heritage sites comes at a time when discussions around the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in the news," Haniyeh said.

"Israel's policy is to cover old crimes with new ones," he added.

Commenting on other issues, Haniyeh called for the release of detainees from Palestinian Authority prisons, an end to discussing the resumption of peace talks, and a halt to security coordination with Israel. Palestinian reconciliation should be achieved on the basis of Palestinian constants and the right to resist Israel, he added.

The de facto prime minister also called for the undertaking of practical efforts to end the siege on Gaza and to open all crossings into and out of the besieged Strip.
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