BEIRUT - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) slammed Tuesday a European Union decision to place it and two other Palestinian factions on a "terror" blacklist and vowed to continue attacking Israel.
Speaking at a conference of Arab parliamentarians in support of the 20-month-old Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation, senior PFLP official Maher Taher said the move was proof that the EU was biased towards Israel.
European Union sources said Monday that EU foreign ministers had added three armed Palestinian groups to the list of "terrorist" organizations, which was adopted in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
"They (EU) agree to Israeli pressure because they want to end the resistance," said Taher. "I say clearly that the European Union should instead have condemned Israel, this terrorist state that behaves as though it is above the law and U.N. conventions and commits the ugliest crimes against Palestinians," he added.
"Why this biased position? Aren't we people under occupation who have the right to resist?" he told the Beirut gathering.
The new additions, whose assets must now be frozen by the 15 EU member states, include the PFLP, which claimed the killing of Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which carried out several suicide bombings inside Israel, and the Palestine Liberation Front.
The revised list is a potential embarrassment for Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, whose Fatah movement is closely linked to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. The PFLP is the second largest Palestinian faction after Fatah.
Speaking on behalf of other militant Palestinian groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Taher said: "I declare... that our operations will not stop and that our people's struggle shall continue and go on until we liberate our land and chase off the last Israeli soldier."