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Fatah accuses Khamenei of interfering in Palestinian affairs.

The Palestinian Fatah movement controlling the West Bank attacked the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and accused him of co-opting the Palestinian cause in order to advance Iranian interests in the region, reported pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT, Monday. In a statement released by Fatah's Central Committee, the movement described Khamenei's proclamation during Eid prayers last week as "cheap." In that public address the Supreme Leader accused the Palestinian Authority (run by Fatah) of being responsible for "covering up Israeli crimes" by entering into direct negotiations. The Fatah led PA agreed to hold direct peace talks with Israel which began September 2.

The criticism of Iran continued with Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's actions being described as suppressing the Iranian people. Fatah also criticized Iran's occupation of Arab islands in the Gulf. "The Palestinian people under the leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization have fought for five decades, at a cost of thousands of martyrs and prisoners of war, and they do nor need--and will not allow--Khamenei or others to control our people or our independent national decisions," the spokesman said.

This was the second attack by Palestinians against Iranian officials within a week, ASHARQ AL AWSAT noted, after Abbas earlier accused Ahmadinejad of ballot stuffing after he himself said Abbas was "held hostage by Israel."

On Sunday, Fatah spokesman Osama Qawasmi said, "The alliance of Hamas with Tehran has damaged the Palestinian cause and the interests of the Palestinian people. It has directly contributed to the current divisions [of the Palestinians]. This is a result of Tehran's desire to use the Palestinians without paying any attention to the future and interests of the Palestinian people." Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have been deeply divided since open conflict in the Palestinian territories in 2007 saw Hamas seize control of the Gaza Strip with Fatah left to govern the West Bank. Whilst Fatah has chosen to enter into direct talks with Israel, Hamas has rejected the move. Iran is a strong supporter of Hamas.
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Publication:The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Sep 13, 2010
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