Fateh Rejects A Document Presented By Hamas “To End Internal Divisions” – International Middle East Media Center

Thursday March 10, 2011 21:32 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

After the Hamas movement presented a document that was described as a new initiative to achieve internal Palestinian unity, the rival Fateh movement rejected the document and said that Hamas is trying to subdue popular protests for change in the Gaza Strip.

Fateh Movement
Fateh Movement

“Yet, popular protests were also held in the West Bank demanding change and internal Palestinian unity.

The Initiative that was presented by Hamas during a meeting with several factions, calls for forming a unified leadership that runs the Palestinian affairs until the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is reformed so that Hamas and the Islamic Jihad can join it.

The Fateh movement in Gaza boycotted the meeting, while a number of leaders of other factions who attended the meeting said that it led to no results.

Fawzi Barhoum, spokesperson of the Hamas movement, said that Hamas wants to restore unity. But Fateh movement expressed doubts regarding the intentions of the meetings.

Fateh spokesperson in the West Bank, Ahmad Assaf, said that the issue needs decisive decisions not initiatives that followed four years of internal divisions.

Meanwhile, the Hamas movement in Gaza announced a limited restructuring of its government. In 2007, and following gun battles between Fateh and Hamas gunmen in Gaza, President Abbas dismissed the government and formed an interim one in the West Bank.

Enjoying an elected overwhelming majority at the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hamas movement rejected the decision of Abbas and regarded it as illegal.

Assaf of Fateh, said that Abbas had to dismiss the government after what he called “the coup that was conducted by Hamas”, adding that the Hamas-led government in Gaza is illegitimate.

But Hamas said that Abbas in not a legitimate president as he termed out of office in 2010. Last month, Abbas said that new elections cannot be held should Hamas refuse to hold the ballots in the Gaza Strip.

In Gaza, several Palestinian factions refused to Hamas’ call to join the Government that was modified by the movement in Gaza, and was approved by the legislators there.

Fateh Rejects A Document Presented By Hamas “To End Internal Divisions” – International Middle East Media Center.

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