Fatah warns Palestinians against attending IDF ceremony
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Fatah warns Palestinians against attending IDF ceremony

PA ruling party says will 'strike with an iron fist' against anyone who accepts 'cheap' invitation to attend event for incoming Civil Administration official

Khaled Abu Toameh is the Palestinian Affairs correspondent for The Times of Israel

Masked female Palestinian protesters with shirts and flags of PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party are seen during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 11, 2017. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)
Masked female Palestinian protesters with shirts and flags of PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party are seen during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 11, 2017. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)

The Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah faction on Wednesday warned Palestinians against accepting an invitation to attend a ceremony for the incoming head of the IDF’s District Coordination and Liaison (DCL) center in the Ramallah area.

The ceremony for Azhar Ghanem is scheduled to take place on Thursday at the offices of the Civil Administration, Israel’s military governing authority in the West Bank, near Ramallah.

Several Palestinians have been invited to attend the ceremony, according to a source in the Defense Ministry’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

Azhar Ghanem (Facebook screenshot)

COGAT is responsible for coordination and liaising with the Palestinian Authority in conjunction with the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Civil Administration is a civil-military body that is charged with implementing Israel’s civil policy in the West Bank. The Civil Administration has eight DCL centers throughout the West Bank.

A leaflet distributed by the Fatah leadership in Ramallah warned that any Palestinian “merchant” who accepts the invitation would be held accountable, both morally and nationally.

This was not the first time that Fatah had called for a boycott of such ceremonies.

“We warn all those who are contemplating accepting the invitation,” the leaflet read. “We salute anyone who abides by this national stance in honor of the blood of our martyrs, the suffering of our prisoners and patients, the land that is being usurped and the holy sites that are being robbed and Judaized.”

The Fatah leaflet threatened to “strike with an iron fist” against anyone who accepts the “cheap” Israeli invitation.

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