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Abbas, Hamas leadership meet in Doha

Hamas
Press Release

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Chairman of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Meshaal and deputy chairman Ismail Haniya convened on Thursday evening with the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting in Doha hosted by Qatar’s foreign minister Mohamed Al Thani.

The meeting discussed the dangers threatening the Palestinian cause and national priorities during the current critical phase as well as ways to achieve reconciliation and end the Palestinian rift.

The need to implement the previous reconciliation agreements signed in Cairo, Doha and Gaza’s Beach refugee camp was underlined by Hamas leaders who also stress the importance of national partnership and urged for holding the elections and forming a unity government.

They also called for formulating a program to confront the Israeli colonial occupation and its transgressions as a united front.

Hamas also hailed Qatari efforts to support the Palestinian people and break the siege imposed on Gaza, and expressed appreciation for Qatari endeavors to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.

Palestinian Reconciliation: Not a dream, but the bottom line

by Julie Webb-Pullman

From left - Yasser Khalaf, Al Ahrar; Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas; Khader Habib, Islamic Jihad; Dr Salah Abdul Al Ati, MASARAT; Facilitator, Management & Politics Academy

From left – Yasser Khalaf, Al Ahrar; Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas; Khader Habib, Islamic Jihad; Dr Salah Abdul Al Ati, MASARAT; Facilitator, Management & Politics Academy Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman

That is the view expressed by Dr Salah Abdul Al Ati, Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies (MASARAT), at a seminar held in Gaza City Monday afternoon to discuss the proposal for national unity his organization circulated to all factions and interested parties for comment in February 2016.

Attended by representatives from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Ahrar and a diverse audience, the seminar saw a spirited exchange of opinions and ideas, giving lie to the supposed repression of free speech in Gaza.

Abbas, Hamas, Oslo, Hamdallah and politicians in general all came in for criticism – along with the Palestinian people themselves.

“The division did not come from another planet,” said Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib, “but as a result of our own mistakes as Palestinians. There is no longer a concrete national project that we all agree on – THIS is what we really need.” Read more »

Meshaal: We seek to meet with Fatah soon and avoid war

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Khaled Meshaal, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau. [MEMO File photo]

Khaled Meshaal, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau. [MEMO File photo]

Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, said that his movement aims to avoid wars, stressing that what is occurring in the West Bank is a popular uprising and what is practiced by the resistance is legitimate self-defence. He also revealed an upcoming meeting with Fatah to resume discussions regarding the application of the reconciliation.

During an interview with France24, broadcast last night, Meshaal said: “Hamas and the Palestinians in general don’t want war. We suffer from occupation and colonisation. Israel is threatening Gaza with war periodically. Israel is starving the Palestinians and killing people in the West Bank by occupation, settlements and the Judaisation of Jerusalem and is threatening to expel Palestinians from the 1948 borders.” Read more »

Hamas reveals ‘reconciliation deal’ with Fatah

Al Araby

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Hamas has reached an agreement with Fatah at the Doha dialogue after a two-day meeting in Qatar’s capital, the Islamist movement revealed on Tuesday.

The movement’s spokesman said the deal sought to work towards unity “for the benefit of Palestinians”.

During the past two days, Doha has hosted private talks between representatives from Fatah and Hamas to discuss the implementation of a reconciliation agreement and address previous obstacles.

“Both factions shared the same vision and will now begin to circulate the agreement among the leadership of both movements to begin implementation on the ground,” read a press statement from Hamas issued late on Monday night. Read more »

Abu Zuhri: Hamas ready to form unity gov’t

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In a press release on Wednesday evening, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri confirmed the Movement is ready and willing to support a national unity government formed through assembly of the Provisional Leading Frame, calling on the Palestinian Authority “PA” to end its partisan policies against Gaza in order to set the stage for such a development.

Abu Zuhri invited the PA to take decisions in accordance with the sacrifices of the Palestinian people, naming the suspension of security coordination with the Israeli occupation as one necessary such decision.

Among other allegations in his speech on Wednesday, PA president Mahmoud Abbas had accused Hamas of refusing to allow a new cycle of elections to be held in the occupied territories and preventing the formation of a national unity government.

The real targets of Operation Brother’s Keeper are Hamas and unity government

Source: Afro-Middle East Centre

Rally Calling for Reconciliation Between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza

On 12 June 2014, three teenage boys were reported missing from Gush Etzion, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank near Hebron. The Israeli government quickly accused Hamas of kidnapping the boys and announced ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’ – the most extensive military deployment on the West Bank since the second intifada. Israeli officials said the operation had two objectives: to find the missing settlers; and to crack down on Hamas. Thus, the operation must be understood in the context of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed peace initiative, and the decision by Fatah and Hamas to form a unity government. The operation has substantially targeted Hamas: 500 abductions/arrests have already occurred; 354 of these are Hamas members and twelve are parliamentarians who could have served in a unity government. Read more »

Hamas: Kidnap possible false flag operation to sabotage Palestinian reconciliation

Hamas plays down Israeli threats to carry out a wide scale invasion into the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Hamas leader Dr. Salah Bardawil today played down Israeli threats to carry out a wide-scale invasion of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, saying that Israel is trying to blackmail the Palestinian Authority in order to sabotage the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.

In a statement to “Quds Press” Dr. Bardawil declined to make a link between the overnight Israeli air attacks and the disappearance of three Israeli settlers in Hebron and the major search and arrest operations in the West Bank.

“The abduction which was announced by the Zionist entity (Israel) is a one-sided story. No Palestinian faction has claimed responsibility. Read more »

Palestinian Unity Govt: Fairness? Or factions?

The Palestinians Unity Government has stumbled through its first week, with many still wondering what ministries and ministers there are – and aren’t. The Ministry of Detainees was the first casualty, being disestablished in favour of a ‘committee’ under the PLO – but a groundswell of popular outrage quickly saw it ‘re-established’ as a ministry without either a ministry or a minister, the portfolio then assigned by Abbas to PM Hamdallah – who quickly tossed it on like the hot potato it is to Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Social Affairs Shawqi al-Ayasa, where it still smoulders.

The new government might do well to remember that it is there to represent ALL Palestinians, not just Fatah and Hamas. That is there to promote the Palestinian cause, not personal or factional agendas – and especially not those of foreign interests. Read more »

Siyam: 3,000 Ramallah security personnel integrating with Gaza security services

Gaza Security Services

Gaza Security Services


Gaza- Government Media Office

Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Abdel Salam Siyam announced that administrative arrangements are underway for 3,000 PA security service personnel to return to work in the Gaza security services, which will remain unchanged for the transitional period.

“The Hamas government in Gaza took a strategic decision to progress the reconciliation process by overcoming the obstacles,” Siyam said, adding that the reconciliation pact doesn’t establish new agreements but merely implements previous ones. Read more »

Abu Marzouk: Rafah crossing to open 24 hours a day

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GAZA CITY — Dr Mousa Abu Marzouq, member of Hamas Political Bureau, stated that the Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah border crossing, directly after the formation of the National Unity Government, and as soon as the Unity Government forms security committees to run the crossing. Read more »

Text of the Palestinian Reconciliation Agreement

Head of Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (C) and senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (2nd L) sign the reconciliation agreement. Gaza City April 23, 2014.

Head of Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (C) and senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (2nd L) sign the reconciliation agreement. Gaza City April 23, 2014.

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. Read more »

Turkey to provide aid to West Bank and Gaza Strip: Oğlu

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Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs  Ahmet Davutoğlu

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğluof Turkey said his country will provide humanitarian aid to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to facilitate the implementation of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement signed on Wednesday.

During a telephone call with the Palestinian Prime Minister in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday, Oğlu emphasized Turkey’s full support for national reconciliation between the two rivals Hamas and Fatah, and invited Haniyeh to visit Turkey. Read more »

Palestinian National Unity Government Announced: The Power of One

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.

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum in Gaza today

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum in Gaza today

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