Is this the kind of thing Americans would like to do to WikiLeaks? Linda Gradstein reports from Jerusalem for AOL News
Palestinians supporting President Mahmoud Abbas smashed windows and sprayed graffiti outside the West Bank headquarters of Al-Jazeera today, angry that it published documents that apparently showed Palestinian officials had agreed to Israeli sovereignty over nearly all Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem.
About 250 protesters gathered outside the Pan-Arab TV channel office in Ramallah, and a few sprayed graffiti saying “Al-Jazeera are spies” and “Al-Jazeera equals Israel.” A few of the protesters then broke security cameras and windows.
The documents were published Sunday on Al-Jazeera’s website and by British newspaper The Guardian. They contradict the previously stated public positions of the Palestinians that all of East Jerusalem must be the future capital of the Palestinian Authority.
The cache of documents, which detail Israeli-Palestinian contacts over more than a decade, also show Abbas was warned in advance of Israel’s 2008 invasion of Gaza.
Abbas today insisted he did not offer secret concessions to Israel.
“What is intended is a mix-up. I saw them present things yesterday as Palestinian, but they were Israeli. … This is therefore intentional,” Abbas told reporters in Cairo after a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Hamas, which controls Gaza, quickly launched a sharp attack on Abbas, who heads the moderate Fatah movement.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the documents revealed “the ugly face of the Authority, and the level of its cooperation with the [Israeli] occupation.”
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