Palestinians urge 'Arab masses' to oppose US peace workshop

Senior Palestinian decision-making body calls on 'Arab masses' to act against US-sponsored Mideast peace conference

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A senior Palestinian decision-making body has condemned the decision by Arab countries to attend a U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference, calling for the "Arab masses" to act against the gathering.

The Palestinians have rejected the conference, accusing the U.S. of being biased and ignoring Palestinian political aspirations.

"The participation of some of the Arab brothers in this workshop is condemned and unjustified," the statement said. It called on Palestinian "masses" to demonstrate. "We also call on our Arab masses to act against it," it said.