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Thursday Jan. 27, 2011 5:35 PM (EST+7)

RAMALLAH, Jan 27 (JMCC) - The Palestinian Authority will release grave documents connected to Qatar's diplomacy in the Israeli and Palestinian negotiations, an anonymous source has told the London-based newspaper Asharq Alawsat.

The Qatari government directly subsidizes Al-Jazeera, the news agency recently famous for publishing nearly 1,700 negotiations-related documents called The Palestine Papers.

The Palestinian Authorities relations with Qatar are at their lowest ebb, and in Ramallah pictures of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifah Al Thani were set on fire by protestors, in an indication that the Palestinian people are holding Qatar and its Emir responsible for the Al Jazeera leaks.

Due to the increased tensions between Qatar and the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is said to be reluctant to visit Qatar next month to attend the International Jerusalem Conference that is being held by the Arab League. However a senior Palestinian Authority source informed Asharq Al-Awsat that Abbas will most likely attend the International Jerusalem Conference, which is scheduled to take place between 2 – 3 February in Doha.

The documents implicate the PA in security collaboration with Israel, unilateral concessions in East Jerusalem, and near neglect for the six million Palestinian refugees demanding a right to return to their land in Israel. Today it was revealed the PA stalled the release of the Goldstone Report, an examination of the human rights violations of Israel's 2008 invasion of Gaza.

Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator and looming presence in the papers, has said Al-Jazeera's papers are a threat to his life, an attempt at provoking unrest and sedition, and outright fabrications. Today he accused former US State Department and current Al-Jazeera employee Clayton Swisher and former British intelligence officer Alastair Crooke for the leak, and has asked the US, the UK and France for help locating the exact source.

Read more at Asharq Alawsat...






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