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November 23, 2002

PLO calls for end to attacks on civilians

Clearly a political move to get in place a peace maker and to oust Sharon. One of the many faces of Arafat.
Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) appealed on Friday for an immediate halt to attacks against Israeli civilians, and called for a dialogue with "peace-loving forces" in Israel.

"All military operations must be immediately stopped, especially those aimed at Israeli civilians," a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said following a meeting of the PLO's executive committee chaired by Arafat in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

The PLO also called for a halt to "all operations by the occupation forces in the Israeli colonies against Palestinian civilians."

Previous calls rejected

Radical Palestinian groups have previously rejected similar appeals from Arafat. Islamist movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for a suicide attack Thursday in Jerusalem that killed 11 people plus the bomber.

The PLO said the current situation "serves the extremist and aggressive forces in Israel" and denounced the "provocations, terrorism and killings carried out by occupation forces against the Palestinian people."

It also urged the "representives of peace-loving forces in Israel to open a dialogue to negotiate a detailed and global plan that would be submitted to the Palestinian and Israeli people."