De PLO heeft Israel al in 1988 erkend, luidt het algemene vooroordeel. Abbas wil vrede en twee staten, en Israel blijft maar nederzettingen bouwen, zo oordelen velen. De feiten blijken iets anders te zijn. Er is nu een website waar een aantal belangrijke PLO documenten op staan, en die geven toch een iets ander beeld, al probeert men het beeld van de vreedzame gematigde Palestijnen niet al teveel geweld aan te doen.
The UN website of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine contains all of the major PLO foundational documents.
These include such classics as the PLO's 1964 Charter - before the "occupation" - where they say:
Article 24: This Organization does not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or in the Himmah Area. Its activities will be on the national popular level in the liberational, organizational, political and financial fields.
And their 1974 10-point program where they proclaim:
4. Any step taken towards liberation is a step towards the realization of the Liberation Organization’s strategy of establishing the democratic Palestinian State specified in the resolutions of the previous Palestinian National Councils.
Interestingly, they have hidden the 1968 PLO Charter that said:
Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase. The Palestinian Arab people assert their absolute determination and firm resolution to continue their armed struggle and to work for an armed popular revolution for the liberation of their country and their return to it. They also assert their right to normal life in Palestine and to exercise their right to self-determination and sovereignty over it.
Article 10: Commando (Feday'ee) action constitutes the nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war. This requires its escalation, comprehensiveness, and the mobilization of all the Palestinian popular and educational efforts and their organization and involvement in the armed Palestinian revolution. It also requires the achieving of unity for the national (watani) struggle among the different groupings of the Palestinian people, and between the Palestinian people and the Arab masses, so as to secure the continuation of the revolution, its escalation, and victory.
Article 11: Palestinians have three mottoes: national unity, national (al-qawmiyya) mobilization, and liberation.
It is not under the link of the 1968 Palestine Charter but under "Decisions and Actions Related to the Palestine National Charter."
Under the 1968 Charter it says:
1. The PNC met in a special session on 26 April 1996 to consider the issue of amending the Palestine National Charter and adopted the following decision:
A. To abrogate the provisions of the Palestine National Charter that contradict the letters exchanged between Chairman Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of September 9 & 10 1993.
B. To mandate the legal committee of the PLO to present a new text of the Palestine National Charter.
The decision was adopted by more than the required two-thirds majority by a vote of: 504 in favor, 54 against, and 14 abstentions.
Yet nowhere can one find a list of which articles of the 1968 charter were abrogated, nor may one find the text of any subsequent charter.
And of course the PLO never did remove the denial of Israel from the charter. (h/t CHA)