Palestinian leader warns of third Intifada

June 6, 2007 at 12:51 PM
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RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 6 (UPI) -- A Palestinian leader used the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War to warn of the possibly of a third intifada because of Israel's hard-line polices.

Latif Douri, secretary of the Israel-Palestinian Dialogue Committee, said Israel's daily repression of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and rejection of principles of an Arab peace initiative could trigger another round of prolonged violence, the Palestine News Agency reported.

The first intifada, Arabic for "uprising," lasted from 1987 to 1993 ending with the creation of the Palestinian National Authority. The second intifada began in late 2000.

In a statement Wednesday, Douri said Israel must withdraw from Jerusalem to its pre-June 4, 1967, borders and settle the issue of Palestinian refugees according to U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194, which calls for the return of refugees and free access to Jerusalem.

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