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‎80 Palestinian NGOs urge Abbas to hang on 'constants‏'‏
‎80 Palestinian NGOs urge Abbas to hang on 'constants‏'‏
Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) at the Muqata Presidential Compound in Ramallah March 21, 2013 (Reuters / Jason Reed)
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Gaza, ALRAY - 80 Palestinian non-government organizations (NGOs) called on President Mahmoud Abbas, scheduled to meet his U.S. counterpart on Monday, to reject any agreement that detracts from the Palestinian people’ right to self-determination.

The signatories under the umbrella of Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) demanded in a petition Abbas "not to bend to U.S. pressure and to hang on the rights of Palestinian people who, along with all who believe in the justice of Palestine Cause, struggled and continue to struggle for them,”

Abbas is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama tomorrow, Monday, amid continued U.S. efforts aimed to mount pressure on the Palestinian leadership to agree to the so-called framework peace plan put forward by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The petition said the meeting between the two leaders comes at a time where Israel insists that a future Palestinian state must recognize Israel as a Jewish state and continues building colonial settler units in occupied West Bank and particularly East Jerusalem and besieging the Gaza Strip.

The petition stressed the need that the president and all Palestinian groups and factions move to a national strategy based on unity. That could enable the restructuring national institutions to ensure pan-Palestinian participation reflective of the national Palestinian identity of Palestinian political spectra, and could help seek an international recognition of the right of the Palestinians to establish an independent state.

Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has been officially negotiating with the Israeli occupation since 1993 without achieving tangible gain. 

After a three-year pose triggered by Palestinian Authority's rejection of Israel's settlement building in the West Bank, conditioned U.S.-backed negotiations resumed in July 2013 and were scheduled to last up to nine months to reach a final status to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by mid-2014.

Some of signitories to the petition:

Palestinian Medical Relief Society-PMRS

Arab Center for Agricultural Development-ACAD

Addameer Foundation for Human Rights

Union of Health Work Committees-UHWC

The Agricultural Development Association-PARC

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

The Palestinian Association For Rehabilitation Of Disabled

Democracy and Workers' Rights Center

Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA)

Union of Health Care Committees

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS)

The Central Blood Bank Society (CBBS)

Center for Women's Affairs

Association Najdeh (AN)

Gaza Women Graduates Association

Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP)

MAAN Development Center

Al Wafa Charity Society

Eastern Association for Aggriculture and Development

The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy

Youth Development Association

The Union of Palestinian Women Committees Society

Palestinian Association For Development & Reconstruction ( Padr )

Young Entrepreneurs Palestine Association

 Assembly of the Federation of Churches