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Palestinian terrorist groups and their backers plan to hold an event to counter the Annapolis peace conference.

Representatives of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, meeting in Damascus this week, agreed to reconvene in the Syrian capital on November 7 for a conference to stress their rejection of any accommodation with Israel. The planned event has been supported by Iran.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at a regional peace parley in Annapolis, Maryland in late November or early December, sent an emissary to Damascus to argue against holding the rejectionist conference. The emissary was scheduled to meet Syrian Vice President Farouk Shara on Wednesday.

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