PLO, Fatah Criticize statements by US Presidential Nominee [Newt Gingrich]Submitted by MrSingh on Sun, 12/11/2011 - 00:48
RAMALLAH, December 10, 2011 (WAFA) –The PLO and Fatah strongly criticized on Saturday statements made by US Republican Party presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, in which he said the Palestinian people were “invented.” Gingrich, speaking on The Jewish Channel, a US cable station said “I think we have had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs.”
He said Hamas and the Palestinian Authority “represent an enormous desire to destroy Israel.” He criticized President Mahmoud Abbas for not recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.
Reacting to Gingrich statements, member of the PLO Executive Committee Hanan Ashrawi told Voice of Palestine radio the Gingrich “lost touch with reality.” She said his statements show “ignorance and bigotry,” and “a cheap way to win pro-Israel vote.”
Fatah’s Revolutionary Council member Dimitri Diliani described Gingrich’s remarks as “reflective of the ignorant, provocative and racist nature of Mr. Gingrich.”