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Hamas slams PA, Fatah on delay in UN resolution against settlements

April 27, 2016 1:32 P.M. (Updated: April 29, 2016 3:01 A.M.)
A Palestinian man waves the green flag of Hamas during a demonstration in Jerusalem on July 3, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Hamas movement on Tuesday berated the Palestinian Authority leadership and Fatah party for a decision to postpone the submission of a resolution against illegal Israeli settlements to the UN Security Council.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri in a statement lamented that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pulled back from presenting the much anticipated resolution in New York last week, and called on the PA and Fatah to “stop their careless toying with the Palestinian cause.”

“The only way out of the current national impasse is if the PA showed political will to reconcile with its national partners and not with the Israeli occupation,” Abu Zuhri said, demanding the PA halt unilateral actions on the international front.

Officials from the Fatah-dominated PA earlier this month put the draft resolution into circulation among members of the UN Security Council, leading many to believe it would be submitted shortly after. The resolution would have been the first to directly condemn Israeli settlements as illegal under international law since the United States vetoed a similar resolution in 2011.

PLO spokesman Xavier Abu Eid told Ma’an Tuesday that the Palestinian leadership decided to invest in the upcoming French initiative rather than the resolution, which he said could be presented at anytime.

Officials reportedly feared that pushing the resolution would potentially thwart efforts in pushing the initiative, which was launched by the French for renewed peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leadership, the parameters of which will be presented at a peace conference at the end of May.

The left-wing PFLP party criticized the PA last week for aligning with the French effort. The party cited their interview with writer Khaled Barakat on the issue, with Barakat calling the initiative “an attack on Palestinian rights.”

“The French government is, like the United States, a ‘dishonest broker,’” the PFLP quoted Barakat as saying.

Citing France’s “long history of colonialism in the region,” Barakat said the European state “systematically supports the apartheid settler state of Israel. Such a state can never lead efforts towards meaningful peace.”

Referring to reports that the initiative includes land swaps, accommodation of “Israel’s security needs,” and addressing the ongoing refugee crisis through financial compensation, Barakat suggested the Palestinian public would “rip it up” if it fell in their hands.

Barakat in his interview with PFLP warned the initiative would evolve into a “new Oslo,” referring to peace agreements of the mid-90’s that critics argue has worked to push Palestinians further under Israeli military occupation.

Hamas, among other Palestinian factions, have increased criticism against the Fatah-dominated PA in recent months, primarily for its ongoing security coordination with Israel that the groups allege enables rather than fights the decades-long military occupation.

The Gaza Strip, where Hamas is based, has been the site of a number of anti-PA demonstrations over the past month, a number of which have been organized by the PFLP.
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