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Ramallah meeting produces new Palestinian unity committee

The various Palestinian factions that took part in the unity meeting in Ramallah agreed to establish yet another body in the name of unified national leadership.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C), mask-clad due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, recites a prayer as he arrives for a meeting in the West Bank's Ramallah on September 3, 2020, with representatives of Palestinian factions there and with others by video conference gathered at the Palestinian embassy in Beirut in rare talks on how to respond to such accords and to a Middle East peace plan announced by Washington this year. (Photo by Alaa BADARNEH / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALAA BADARNEH/POOL/AFP via Ge

The unity meeting of Palestinian factions held at the Ramallah presidential headquarters on Sept. 3 produced yet another coordinating committee. Announced in a statement reminiscent of the leaflets of the first intifada, the new body has called for a day of rage on Sept. 13, black flags to be raised on Sept. 16 and insisted that the only the Palestinian flag is to be raised at all protest events.

The numbered leaflet followed the format and style of the communique of the Unified National Leadership of the Uprising, which was a secretive underground leadership that advocated support for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and called regularly for different nonviolent acts of resistance.

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