Fatah, the political faction of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called on the international community Wednesday to boycott Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
The call followed a letter sent by Liberman to members of the Middle East Quartet (Russia, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations) last week, in which he asked them to hasten presidential elections in the PA in order to replace Abbas, whom he considered an obstacle to peace.
In a statement issued Monday, Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu-Itta called Liberman “a threat to international peace and security” and called on all international states and institutions to boycott him “for his crimes against our people and our leadership.” Abu-Itta added that, by choosing Liberman as a coalition partner, the Israeli government chose “extremism, racism and terror” over “compromise and [the] realization of peace.”
“The silence of the international community is no longer acceptable in light of the state terrorism enacted by the Israeli government through its foreign minister,” read the statement.
Furious reactions to Liberman’s letter emerged in the PA immediately following its publication in Israeli daily Haaretz, with one newspaper editor dubbing him “the mace-toting disco and bar bouncer who recently came to our country from Moldova.”