Palestinian National Front

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PALESTINIAN NATIONAL FRONT

Palestinian movement created in August 1973 in the West Bank, following the 11th congress of the Palestine National Council (PNC). Gathering together primarily leftist militants, the Palestinian National Front (PNF) wanted to mitigate the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)'s lack of representation in the Palestinian territories by attempting to establish a political dialogue with Israeli authorities that might look with favor on such an opening. The PNF disappeared in 1982, as suddenly as it had appeared on the Palestinian internal scene, following a hardening of Israeli policies toward the Occupied Territories. This movement has sometimes been confused with the Popular Resistance Front, a radical militant branch of the Palestine Communist Party (PCP).

SEE ALSO Palestine Communist Party; Palestine National Council; West Bank.