Statement issued following the meeting between the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s delegation and the Hamas movement to end the division and implement National Reconciliation.
In the name of God the Merciful
“Hold on to God and be not divided among yourselves”
At a time when the attack on the Palestinian cause is growing, at all levels; and at a time of increasing attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first Qibla and the site of the Misra of the Prophet, peace be upon Him; and as operations to Judaize the occupied city of Jerusalem and eliminate its Arab identity intensify; and as our Islamic and Christian holy sites are desecrated; and as settlements penetrate the steadfast territory of the West Bank; and as the occupation neglects all international agreements, treaties, pacts and norms; as its army intensifies its aggressions and surpasses all borders, and its leaders scheme against our people and leaders by means of this loathsome division; and as [the occupation’s] settlers run wild over people, trees and stones; and as our male and female prisoners are subjected to the worst forms of abuse in the occupation’s jails. (more…)
First Published in Middle East Eye
Although not an official actor in the process, Islamic Jihad’s backing of the Palestine reconciliation deal is seen as important for its survival.
As a non-member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad was not privy to the negotiations between the PLO and Hamas that resulted in Wednesday’s agreement to end the seven-year Fatah-Hamas split.
But as one of Palestine’s most important factions, they are crucial to the success of any deal and say they have considerable interest in participating and helping to build the future of the country. (more…)
by Julie Webb-Pullman
A national unity government. Elections. A new-look PLO. Community reconciliation. Big hopes, even bigger expectations as representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas came to an agreement in Gaza today to form a national unity government and hold elections.
Much had been made of the so-called Palestinian political division, but how accurately does it describe the situation on the ground?
According to Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum, the division was not caused by Fatah and Hamas.(more…)
In one of a series of events being held around Gaza this week to mark the first anniversary of the Palestinian Prisoners-Gilad Shalit exchange deal, Minister of Detainees’ Affairs Dr Atallah AbuSebah today called for the resistance, especially that of Fatah, to rise up, shake the dust off the shameful negotiations with the Israeli Occupation, and sweep the Israeli occupation from Palestinian lands. “The first step is to liberate our prisoners,” he said.
Dr AbuSebah also called on the international community to stand up for Palestinian prisoners, and to tell the Israeli Occupation ENOUGH OF THIS CRIMINALITY.
The Women’s Movement of the Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement were also present, with a banner denouncing the Zionist violations against their heroic prisoners.