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Islamic Jihad, PFLP Slam Renewed Peace Talks

The PFLP, Islamic Jihad and human rights activists have all strongly condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to resume negotiations with Israel.
A Palestinian policeman detains a protester during a demonstration against the renewal of stalled peace talks with Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 28, 2013. Israel was expected on Sunday to approve releasing more than 100 Arab prisoners as a step to renew stalled peace talks with the Palestinians ahead of plans to convene negotiators in Washington later this week. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX122FX

After it had initially decided to postpone its decision to resume peace talks with Israel, the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership has agreed to join direct peace talks with Israel, stalled since 2010. This comes following the Israeli cabinet’s approval to release 104 Palestinian prisoners held since before the Oslo Accords.

The decision did not come without opposition, with Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces violently dispersing a protest in Ramallah led by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) against the renewed talks. Hundreds of protesters chanted against the PA and the resumption of negotiations as they tried to reach the PA headquarters.

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