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Businessman Masri withdraws from Israel Peace Conference

July 5, 2014 7:23 P.M. (Updated: July 6, 2014 5:56 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian businessman and economic developer Munib al-Masri said Saturday that he would not take part in an annual peace conference hosted by an Israeli newspaper.

The Israel Peace Conference sponsored by Haaretz, an independent Israeli newspaper, offers the platform for leaders to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how to achieve peace.

“The Israel Conference on Peace is intended to restore the missing dialogue to public debate in Israel,” Haaretz says.

Al-Masri says that “this was planned over two months ago and I wanted to discuss a just peace in accordance with an independent Palestinian state on the borders of 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital, the refugees’ cause according to resolution 194.”

“We want Israel to know that we will not accept any less than that”, al-Masri added.

However, he highlighted Saturday that after the latest "crimes" that have been committed, especially the kidnapping and killing of “the child Muhammed Abu Khdeir,” he informed the moderators of the conference that he would not take part.

He said the decision was in respect and consideration for the Palestinians’ feelings and “in protest against these crimes.”

He denied reports that he and Palestinian delegates visited the family of one of the three Israeli settlers who were kidnapped and killed. He said “enough disbelief and distrust; it is absurd to publish anything without referring to the original source.”

“The complexities of the internal situation, the justice of the Palestinian cause and the awareness of the Palestinian people are factors that will not allow the fifth column to take our eyes away from Jerusalem and the liberation and independence of Palestine.”
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