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Palestinian factions walk out of Cairo meeting
Published Tuesday 20/12/2011 (updated) 21/12/2011 10:22
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A man waves a flag next to the separation fence during a demonstration
in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah.(MaanImages/file)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Eight Palestinian political factions have walked out of a reconciliation meeting meant to represent all parties after being told they could not participate because they were not part of the PLO.

Sources who wished to remain anonymous told Ma'an that the Popular Resistance Movement, the Popular Resistance Committees, the Al-Ahrar Movement, Fatah al-Intifada, As-Saiqa and the Popular Struggle Front, were among the parties forbidden from taking part in talks.

Head of the Fatah delegation Azzam al-Ahmad had informed the groups that they could not participate.

“The insistence by Fatah to exclude eight Palestinian factions from reconciliation dialogue, thus denying them their historic role as representatives of the Palestinian people, casts doubt upon Fatah’s attitude to reconciliation," a statement from the Popular Resistance Movement said.

"Such an attitude only maintains a state of disagreement," the statement added.

Fatah and Hamas leaders had met on Sunday and other political parties were to join the Egypt-brokered talks on Tuesday.

The reconciliation accord aims to unite the parties after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, a year after winning national elections.
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1 ) Nour / Palestine
20/12/2011 16:51
Fatah continues to bathe in illusions about Fatah and the PA's capacity to continue to hijack the PLO and claims to represent the Palestinian people everywhere. This could not be any further away from reality and the truth! The Palestinian cause transcends Fatah and the PA. Nothing short of a full revolution - a la Arab Spring - will unseat this arrogance. ALL Palestinians belong - ALL Palestinians deserve a voice - including the refugees who make up the majority!

2 ) Nour / Palestine
20/12/2011 16:53
...Is Hamas a member of the PLO? Why is Hamas then allowed to participate in this elitist PLO gathering? Mind-boggling!

3 ) M / U.S.
20/12/2011 17:02
IS Fatah Jewish?

4 ) djk / iiwn
20/12/2011 20:32
you mentioned 4 groups?who are the other 4?

5 ) Reader / from Edmonton
20/12/2011 20:59
Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after a failed Fatah coup d'etat. Weren't you there?

6 ) Jafar M. Ramini / United Kingdom
21/12/2011 15:20
None of the factions taking part in the talks in Cairo represent us. We were never consulted. We were never asked to take part. We are the silent majority. We are being and have been ignored for a long time. The answer that is glaringly obvious is a REFERENDUM. Amongst ALL Palestinians everywhere around the world. The various factions, especially Fatah and Hamas, are not the custodians of Palestine. We the people of the Palestinian nation are. WE MUST BE CONSULTED.

7 ) Nour / Palestine
21/12/2011 16:28
#6 My Dear Jafar - thank you for making it clearer and for repeating what I have been saying for months and years. The Palestinian majority is a refugee population, throughout the Middle East and the diaspora in general. We ARE HUMAN BEINGS. WE ARE CITIZENS. WE DESERVE TO INFLUENCE WHO REPRESENTS US. All the garbage in Cairo, perhaps with the very few exceptions, do not represent us as we never voted for them. PALESTINE REFUGEES EVERYWHERE NEED TO VOTE FOR OUR LEGIT LEADERSHIP.

8 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
21/12/2011 18:13
This is EXACTLY what I knew was coming. I have said it countless times that Palestinian "unity" was a pathetic joke, as sickening as it is to the Palestinian people who just want Fatah, Hamas and all Palestinian factions to just abolish each others' political ideals and UNITE into a pan-Palestinian governance of goodwill for ALL Palestinians. THAT is the PROBLEM !!! I speak the TRUTH !!! Unlike us after 1948-49 where we successfully had to overcome our own political/military (continued)

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
21/12/2011 18:14
"factions" [uniting the Haganah and Irgun into a single, national Israel Defense Forces; reconciling Communist/Labor/"left wing" political parties with extreme Orthodox/"right wing" parties to allow for representation into a single, united parliament (Knesset) and making it work, etc.], the Palestinian factions are completely UNABLE to make the transition from splintered ideologies to a workable governing platform inclusive of them all. THEY CAN'T DO IT !!! They CAN'T make the (continued)

10 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
21/12/2011 18:19
crossing from a Palestinian people to a (second) Palestinian nation. (They've only done it--in association with other groups--in JORDAN/PALESTINE, which is why that IS the Palestinian nation !) The factions are basically acting as if each one is a "nation" unto itself. So Fatah governs in the W. Bank, Hamas in Gaza, and the others influence wherever they can. So how in the hell can they UNITE ??? ... The Palestinian people KNOW this, are POWERLESS to change it and are CRUSHED by it !!!

11 ) farid bitar/poet-activist / USA
23/12/2011 14:35
I am in the diaspora and I always think of Palestine as a united front, whatever happened to the PFLP and DFLP factions, they got left behind as well,,,I was in Gaza last year and all the other factions except Hamas where wispering in the winds,,,I am and we all are as refugees part of main land Palestine,,,Mr.Yehuda, your negative remarks don't help, and you golrifying Jewish resistance makes things worse as an example,,,deep in my heart I know we will unite and conquer Zion.

12 ) cobi / earth
26/12/2011 14:01
no unity, no peace
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