RAMALLAH, June 4 (Xinhua) -- A senior official in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Movement announced on Thursday that the movement formed committees to challenge Israel's plan of annexing Palestinian lands.
Jamal Muheisen, member of the Fatah Central Committee, told the official Voice of Palestine radio that the committees will be acting in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps across the Palestinian territories.
"The committees' mission will be based on broader popular activities to confront the annexation plan and protect the territories that will be targeted by any Israeli measure, including settlers' assaults," said Muheisen.
The proposal to form popular committees against the Israeli annexation plan was presented during a meeting held in Ramallah on Wednesday between Fatah and other factions in Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
"The aim of holding the meeting was to agree on comprehensive popular actions against the Israeli plan of annexing parts of the West Bank," said Muheisen.
The Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to annex around 33 percent of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, and impose Israeli sovereignty on several Israeli settlements in the territory.
Meanwhile, Salleh Rafat, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that the Palestinian leadership and the PLO factions decided on an open-ended meeting to follow up on the popular activities against the Israeli annexation plan.
He told the Palestinian radio that the "annexation plan aims at keeping the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and preventing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state."
"The Palestinian leadership is also on a permanent contact with the world's states and countries to make clear positions to reject the plan and impose sanctions on Israel once the plan is implemented," said Rafat. Enditem