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Hizb ut-Tahrir accuses PLO of betrayal

Aug. 13, 2011 10:28 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2011 12:00 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir movement has slammed as "betrayal" President Mahmoud Abbas' remarks about a possible NATO presence in a future Palestinian state.

The president's "call for international forces would bring a new crusader occupation," the movement said Friday in a statement saying the plan would lead to "colonizing Palestine and desecrating the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Abbas told visiting US congressmen Thursday in Ramallah that the security of the future state could be handed to NATO under US command, his adviser told the official Palestinian Authority news agency.

Hizb ut-Tahrir "considers this step a conspiracy against Palestine and the Palestinian people," and it accused the Palestine Liberation Organization of "betrayal because it accepted unjust resolutions."

The pacifist Islamist group also came out against the plan to seek recognition of statehood from the UN in September, calling the world body a "den of conspiracy against Muslims and Palestine."

The UN will never grant the Palestinians a real state, and the leadership should stop relying on agreements with Israel and "American promises" to achieve their goals, the movement added.

The secular Palestinian leadership in Ramallah has had a tense relationship with Hizb ut-Tahrir, which calls for restoring an ancient Muslim caliphate and rejects modern governance.

In early July, Palestinian security forces imposed restrictions on demonstrations organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir commemorating the 90th anniversary of the collapse of the Muslim caliphate.

Forces also arrested and assaulted members of the group holding rallies in the West Bank.

Palestinian human rights groups condemned the government's use of force at the time, while security officials accused the Islamist movement of attempting to create "chaos" for the PA.
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