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Islamic Jihad leader slams negotiations with Israel

Nov. 1, 2013 7:34 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 2, 2013 3:47 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad leader Mohammed al-Hindi on Friday criticized peace negotiations between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Israel.

Al-Hindi condemned negotiators who "sit with the occupation without national support, despite the increase in settlement activity and with the ongoing Judaization of Jerusalem."

The Islamic Jihad leader made the comments during a speech to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the assassination of the group's founder by Israel.

Any peace agreement signed between the PLO and Israel will not be able to be enforced on the Palestinian people, he added.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced in July that Israeli and PLO leaders had agreed to return to talks that have been frozen for three years.

Most major Palestinian political factions, with the exception of Fatah, have criticized a return to talks with Israel and protests have taken place across the West Bank and Gaza against the ongoing negotiations.
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