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by News (salim [at]
Wednesday Sep 27th, 2000 10:59 AM
Grassroots Democracy Movement in Palestine for Palestinians (go to to watch video)
Palestinian Leader Calls for a Democratic Palestine!

Recently Mr. Abdul Jawad Saleh spoke to a small group of activist on the issue of justice in the Middle East. Mr. Saleh is a former Minister of Agriculture for the Palestine Authority and an elected member of the Palestine Legislative Council.

He was exiled from Palestine in 1973 as an activist for the Palestinian homeland. He had called for peace with Israel while maintaining that Palestinians had the right to a homeland and the right of return to their occupied lands. He charges that the Israeli government is not really interested in Peace, he cites the exile of several pro-peace Palestinians from Palestine by Israeli authorities. He further charges the leadership of Yasser Arafat with complicity in a corrupt game of exploiting the Palestinian peoples in a mirage of Peace for Land. He calls on the Palestinian peoples to wage a mass movement for democracy by non-violent protest. In a sense a new democratic intifada. Mr. Saleh wages a non-violent campaign for democracy in Palestine and was arrested and beaten by the Palestine Authority Intelligence Bereau for his call for a peoples Palestine.

In this episode Mr. Saleh discusses his role as Agriculture Minister in the PA and the importance of Land to the Palestinians.

Stories about Mr. Saleh: Beating of Abdul Jawad Saleh by the PA Intelligence Bureau (second arrest)

Quote from Mr. Saleh in 1999:
Mr. Abdul Jawad Saleh, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and member of the Birzeit University Board of Trustees also addressed the rally. Saleh was one of the 20 figures who signed the public statement that provoked the arrests. He said, "On behalf of the Palestinian people who fought for a homeland in which people are respected and on behalf of you all ... we will not keep silent in front of this decay and injustice even if the price is hundreds of martyrs and wounded. We say to all those corrupt people: Stop! You are not doing what our people fought for. We fought, and we keep fighting for a homeland not for thieves and gangs of thieves. Our people were martyred for a homeland in which freedom of opinion is saved. This protest which came from some members of the Legislative Council and others outside needs to be protected and you - the generation of Intifada - are the group qualified to protect it. We do not look for a civil war or to make Palestine like Lebanon, we look for a change and free elections to remove those who are corrupt from PA institutions." Nov 29, 1999

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