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Abbas says Palestinians will not yield to US pressure

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas returns from visit to United States, tells Fatah supporters in Ramallah Palestinian people “will not give up one inch of land” • “I have honored my pledge. … Be assured that we will be victorious,” he says.

Daniel Siryoti and News Agencies

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas returned from his visit to the United States on Thursday and told Fatah supporters that the Palestinian leadership “won’t give in” to American pressure regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“I have honored my pledge and kept my promise. We … will uphold our principles. You are aware of all the conditions and the pressures, but I repeat: We will not give in,” Abbas pledged before thousands of Fatah supporters attending an official reception held in Ramallah in his honor.

The Palestinian Wafa news agency further quoted Abbas as saying, “We will not give up one inch of land. Not on my watch. I will not let that happen. … Be assured that we will be victorious.”Image

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Minnesota Nazi-Themed Party Provokes Outrage Among Local Jews

Organizer of a World War II-themed party apologizes after a photo of the event provoked outrage on the Internet.
By Elad Benari

The organizer of a World War II-themed party that included Nazi flags and men in SS uniforms apologized on Wednesday after a photo of the event in Minneapolis provoked outrage on the Internet, reports The Associated Press (AP).

The Nazi-themed party, which was held at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit, a popular German restaurant and bar in northeast Minneapolis, was condemned by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC).

The Minneapolis-based KMSP-TV reported on Tuesday that JCRC’s Executive director Steve Hunegs sent a letter to Gasthof’s owner, which read, in part, “Glorification and/or celebration of Nazi Germany and its military would appear to be incongruous with the nature of a family restaurant and its surrounding neighborhood.”

The dinner also featured Nazi banners which hung on the walls of the German restaurant. The dinner was held back in January but only came to light this week when a photo from the party was first posted online by the alternative weekly City Pages, reported AP.

Jon Boorom, a WWII Historical Re-enactment Society Inc. member, was quoted as having told City Pages the re-enactment is somewhat like a “Star Trek convention but for WWII enthusiasts.”

“All of the German [re-enactment] groups in Minnesota have a Christmas party because we don’t typically have events going on in the winter,” Boorom said, according to KMSP. “It’s just like any club that has a party. Because they dress up like Germans from World War II, it’s cool to go to a German restaurant, eat German food, and drink German beer.”

Boorom also said members of the re-enactment groups are given extensive background checks and no neo-Nazis are allowed to participate. He also insisted they’re not there because they “believe in what Hitler stood for,” but rather, to educate those that take part in the events.

The party’s organizer, Scott Steben, said on Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune newspaper, that his group understands that some items displayed at the dinner “have made people feel uncomfortable.”

He said, “That was not our intent.”

“We are a historical re-enactment and professional actor society dedicated to promoting understanding of World War II. In no way are we or any of our members affiliated with groups that promote the subjugation of anyone,” the statement read.

Mario Pierzchalski, owner of the restaurant where the party was held, told the Star Tribune he has hosted the party for six years but will not do so again. He defended the partygoers, who included men dressed as Italian soldiers and one as an American soldier.

“Those people are very peaceful people,” Pierzchalski said. “They are not any politicians or any against politics or against the parties here. They are just actors.”Image

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