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Islamic Jihad: factions not committed to renewal of truce, should beware of union strikes

Sept. 5, 2008 1:24 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 5, 2008 1:24 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israel is not committed to the truce and Palestinian factions will not renew the agreement, instead focusing on national unity, said Islamic Jihad leader Ibrahim An-Najjar.

An-Najjar told Ma'an "Israel is still preventing construction materials like metal and cement, as well as the raw materials needed for Palestinian factories, from getting into Gaza." The only goods allowed in, he added, are those benefitting Israeli companies, like Israeli juices and colas.

Such seemingly insignificant decisions on what to let into the Strip indicate the wider policy that Israel holds when it comes to the truce. When Palestinians need materials to kick start production and thereby the economy, "all they get are Israeli juices," he said, stressing, "the issue is much bigger than the fact that we don't need juice."

An- Najjar said that it is only Israel is the only party benefitting from the truce, while Palestinians suffer from the closed borders.

Concerning the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, An-Najjar said that he fears losing the Palestinian cause to a snap agreement that leaves out essential details. He called on the Palestinian Resistance Factions to beware of this outcome, and called on all factions to work towards national unity talks.

An-Najjar said that the unity talks in Cairo were going well, and exploring new ideas for how unity can be achieved. Real and conclusive dialogue, he added, will be held after the end of Ramadan Feist, Eid Al-Fitter.

With regards to the politicization of union strikes, he said, Palestinians must pay attention to the risks posed by cessation of services like medical care and education. He said that the strikes were like a "new sword directed against Palestinians," by their own people. Many, he said, should be rewarded for their steadfastness and patience, and should not be made to endure such unnecessary strikes.

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