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Al-Barghouti calls for unity, boycotting and resisting Israel

Palestinians must unite and join BDS movements in order to resist the occupation, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Al-Barghouti said.

In a lecture delivered in Amman, Al-Barghouti said that the Palestinians have to reactivate the PLO and stick to resistance as well as to take part in international boycott movements.

"All these three strategies must be based on resistance in order to reinforce the persistence of the Palestinians on their land and stop the series of Israeli attacks against them," he said.

Regarding the outcome of the latest Israeli elections, which saw Benjamin Netanyahu being re-elected, Al-Barghouti said that the establishment of a Palestinian state is not on the agenda of the Israeli leaders. "This was clear in Netanyahu's electoral manifesto."

"Whoever moves to establish a Palestinian state or intends to withdraw from territory is simply yielding territory for radical Islamic terrorist attacks against Israel," Netanyahu told the Israeli news site NRG during the elections.

Asked if that meant a Palestinian state would not be established if he remained prime minister, he said: "Indeed."

Al-Barghouti considered the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014 as an attempt to crackdown on the Palestinian resistance and to reoccupy the Gaza Strip. "This was very clear in the size of destruction left by the war," he said.

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