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Abbas right to return remarks spark Palestinian fury

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Palestinian activists are furious with President Mahmoud Abbas for comments he made during an interview with an Israeli broadcaster.

Abbas appeared to relinquish the right of return for Palestinian refugees forced from their land during the creation of Israel in 1948.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh condemned the comments:

“I think these words are extremely dangerous and it affects the right of return. It affects not just Mahmoud Abbas, but also the six million Palestinians.”

The remarks come ahead of a UN vote on Palestinian statehood.

Many believe the comments are a concession to Israel and in return Palestinians wants Tel Aviv to respect 1967 borders.

Yet, for those in refugee camps the right of return is sacrosanct.

“No one inside our camp will give up or forget his land. We will pass this to the next generation. No one has the right to give up this right, not even the president,” said one West Bank refugee.

Abbas also said there would be no third intifada against Israel while he remains leader.