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Abbas stops aid to PFLP

Fiction between Palestinian factions is extending beyond Fatah and Hamas

Saleh Naami in Gaza, Saturday 11 Dec 2010

The Palestinian news website SAFA made public today a decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to halt financial funding granted to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The PFLP earlier withdrew from the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in protest against what it described as concessions granted by the Palestinian Authority to Israel.

Abbas was supposed to allocate the money to the Palestinian National Fund. MP Khaleda Jarrar, politburo member of the PFLP, described Abbas's decision to block the money as political blackmail.

According to Jarrar, the decision proves that the PLO's house needs to be put in order.'"it is not private property; it is Palestinian public property," she said, referring to the Palestinian National Fund.

Jarrar reiterated her movement's rejection of all talks with Israel, direct or indirect.

Jarrar said her movement's position would never change. Other leftist movements within the PLO had avoided direct condemnation of Abbas, focusing instead on criticising the US and Israel.

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