US House to Palestinians - 'Change Fatah Charter from 'liberating Israel' via terror. ZOA to Abbas: Fulfill Oslo promises to prove state-worthiness

76 members of the US House of Representatives co-sponsored a resolution (H.Res.758) “urging Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also Chairman of his Fatah party, to officially abrogate the 10 articles in the Fatah Constitution that call for Israel 's destruction and terrorism against Israel , oppose any political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and label Zionism as racism.”

The offending articles are:

(1) `Article (4): The Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the world-wide struggle against Zionism, colonialism and international imperialism.';

(2) `Article (7): The Zionist Movement is racial, colonial and aggressive in ideology, goals, organization and method.';

(3) `Article (8): The Israeli existence in Palestine is a Zionist invasion with a colonial expansive base, and it is a natural ally to colonialism and international imperialism.';

(4) `Article (12): Complete liberation of Palestine , and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.';

(5) `Article (17): Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine. ';

(6) `Article (19): Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.';

(7) `Article (22): Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian case or impose any international mandate on its people.';

(8) `Article (23): Maintaining relations with Arab countries . . . with the provision that the armed struggle is not negatively affected.';

(9) `Article (24): Maintaining relations with all liberal forces supporting our just struggle in order to resist together Zionism and imperialism.'; and

(10) `Article (25): Convincing concerned countries in the world to prevent Jewish immigration to Palestine as a method of solving the problem.'

The resolution also “condemns the continuing existence of these articles as part of the Fatah Constitution.” The measure now has a total of 76 co-sponsors from both parties: 21 Democrats and 55 Republicans.

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) National President Morton A. Klein said: “This Fatah Constitution is one that the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, would proudly support. Why should Israel make concessions to the ruling Fatah when Fatah’s own Constitution calls for its destruction? If Abbas fails to condemn the Fatah Constitution or abrogate its clauses, then it will be crystal clear that he and Fatah are not the peace-desiring moderates they claim to be.

Concomitantly, Abbas must fulfill the Palestinians’ commitments under the signed Oslo and Roadmap agreements -- including arresting terrorists, confiscating terrorist weapons, and ending the incitement of hatred and murder in the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools, and youth camps.

It is clear that any Israeli concessions must come after, and in response to, these fundamental changes in Fatah, not the other way around.

Fatah is openly and doctrinally committed to terrorism and the destruction of Israel. The effort by so much of the media and diplomatic corps to present Fatah as 'moderate' shows a very troubling eagerness to ignore terrorist acts, public statements and even Fatah's own governing document in an attempt to continue a so-called 'peace process' with Palestinian entities that have no interest in peace.”

We urge the Bush administration and the incoming Obama administration to discontinue granting $700 million a year to the Palestinians in US taxpayer funds while this constitution exists and while their other peace agreement obligations remain unfulfilled. Abbas has consistently failed to implement long-standing Palestinian obligations under the Oslo agreements and the Roadmap peace plan to arrest and jail terrorists, close the bomb factories and end the incitement to hatred and murder in the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps that feeds terrorism.

“As ZOA made clear in our full page NY Times ad on this issue: ‘President Bush said that we need to end terrorist states. We dare not create a new one in the Middle East'."

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