Fayyad Calls on Palestinians to Defy IDF

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CBNNews.com - NABLUS, West Bank - Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told Palestinian residents of Nablus to defy Israel Defense Forces 9IDF) orders to close their stores in the mall.

"Shopkeepers are invited to open their stores and ignore the Israeli decision," Fayyad said, after the IDF issued orders to close down the mall because many of the businesses were funneling money to Hamas.

"The Israeli army orders and decisions are not valid," Fayyad said. "We will deal with them as if they don't exist," he said.

Fayyad also visited residents of the village of Naalin, which the IDF placed under curfew for escalating violence in protesting the security barrier.

"Peaceful, popular action in defense of our land is a legitimate right to thwart plans to confiscate land for building walls and [Jewish] settlements," Fayyad said.

Meanwhile, senior Fatah official Yasser Abed Rabbo said PA President Mahmoud Abbas may suspend talks with Israel over "settlement expansion."

Israel does not consider building in Jerusalem neighborhoods annexed to Israel after the Six-Day War to be settlements.

"The Palestinian leadership views gravely the continuing settlement expansion," Rabbo said, adding that Abbas will announce his decision on Sunday at the meeting in Paris.

"The president will inform the international community and Olmert in Paris of his decision," he said.

Source: YNet news

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