Palestinian news outlet Wafa reported that last weekend, representatives of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ottawa held a ceremony honouring Liberal Member of Parliament Marwan Tabbara, who also heads the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group (CPPFG).
It also reported that representatives of CPPFG are planning a trip to Judea and Samaria (West Bank) between March 30 and April 6 of this year. The delegation will include twenty-two MPs, Senators and journalists, and will visit PA-controlled cities and meet with officials, businessmen, and “human rights” activists. In addition, the delegation is scheduled to meet Arab members of the Israeli Knesset and Israeli “human rights” activists.
The Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was originally founded in 2007, was reconstituted in 2017. Chaired by Tabbara, the group has nine MPs – six Liberal, one NDP, one Bloc Quebecois and Elizabeth May of the Green Party. So far no Conservative MPs have joined the group, which doesn’t receive any financial or administrative support from the government, unlike the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary group, which has 50 members.
The Palestinian Authority is headed by Mahmoud Abbas, who was elected to a four-year term in January 2005. Abbas is entering the 14th year of a largely unaccountable and corrupt presidency with no elections in sight. Abbas routinely praises Palestinian terrorists and in 2017 he spent approximately $350 million dollars on salaries for convicted terrorists and their families.
US President Donald Trump, who last December recognized Israel as the capital of Israel, has threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinians.
The Trump administration also warned the Palestinians that unless they enter into “serious” peace negotiations with Israel, the US would move to shut down Palestinian diplomatic delegation in Washington, DC.
On January 2, 2018, Trump said in a pair of Twitter posts that “we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue … peace treaty with Israel”.
He added that, “with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”