OXFAM Aid agency welcomes Palestinian reconciliation

April 29, 2011

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — International aid agency Oxfam called on the international community Friday to support Palestinian reconciliation, and “avoid adopting policies that would set unity efforts back.”

The agency’s International Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs, said in a statement that “ordinary people [are] paying the highest price for the divide between Fatah and Hamas.”

Oxfam’s work in the region, he said, shows that “the split has compounded the suffering of civilians in Gaza, already living under the Israeli blockade, leaving them with less access to essential services such as adequate electricity, clean water, and essential drugs.”

The statement called for the international community to “abandon the failed policy of non-engagement and begin dialogue with all the major Palestinian parties.”

“Palestinian reconciliation is a crucial step towards achieving a just and durable solution to the conflict,” Hobbs noted.

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