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Fatah, Hamas urge unity at Gaza rallies
Published Thursday 22/11/2012 (updated) 26/11/2012 10:55
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Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Islamic Jihad leader Mohammed
Al-Hindi, and senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath celebrate the end of the
war at a Gaza City rally Nov. 22, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- In a rare display of unity, leaders of Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions on Thursday celebrated the end of the war on Gaza and called for parties to end the split with the West Bank.

Thousands took to the streets of Gaza in joint political rallies marking an end to eight days of deadly fighting, and Fatah supporters marched calling for their faction to end its rivalry with Gaza rulers Hamas.

Fatah leader Nabil Shaath, who came to Gaza on Sunday during the Israeli shelling, told crowds in Gaza City that Israel had failed to isolate them from the West Bank.

“How glad I feel when yellow, green, red and black flags fly together, united by the Palestinian flag. We must all unite and work together,” he said, referring to the motifs of Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and leftist factions.

"Today our unity materialised, Hamas and Fatah are one hand, one rifle and one rocket," senior Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya told several thousand people in the main square of Gaza.

Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad al-Hindi said factions should unify behind the resistance movement, hinting at the enduring divisions with Fatah, who espouse non-violent and diplomatic measures against Israel’s occupation.

"We have reached a dead end in the peace process and now we are in the trenches of jihad and resistance," he told the Gaza City rally.

But the Jihad leader too echoed the conciliatory note of the occasion. "Nothing will strengthen the determination of Palestinians more than the Palestinian people themselves, with all of their factions," al-Hindi said.

UN bid

Hamas's Gaza chief and prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, called Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas to brief him on the situation, the official news agency of Abbas’ government said Thursday.

Al-Hindi and Hamas deputy speaker of the Palestinian parliament also called Abbas, Wafa reported.

Wafa said all three confirmed their support the president's bid for Palestinian status as a non-member state at the UN, due for a vote next week.

Haniyeh's pledge of support for the bid was quickly refuted by Gaza government spokesman Taher al-Nunu, describing Wafa’s report as "completely untrue."

Haniyeh’s office said Abbas called the premier and "congratulated him on the victory and extend condolences to the families of martyrs."

Meanwhile, Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa al-Barghouthi, who also came to Gaza during the Israeli bombardment, held a meeting of national and Islamic factions in Gaza City on Thursday.

The meeting, also attended by the head of the Palestinian Arab Front Jamil Shahareh, stressed the importance of completing the "Gaza's victory" by finally realizing the stalled reconciliation deal.

Reconciliation 'most important step' for UN

The Fatah movement held rallies across the Gaza Strip, including a march by mayors and Fatah personalities in Gaza City.

"All Palestinians should be united in order to fight the Israeli occupation," senior Fatah official Yahya Rabah told Ma’an.

Amal Hamad, a member of the Fatah central committee, said implementing national reconciliation was the most important step for the success of the UN bid.

The Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between his faction and Hamas has repeatedly stalled, after they violently split Palestine into separate governments in 2007.

Fatah MP Faysal Abu Shahla called on Egyptian authorities to hold a meeting for all Palestinian factions to end the division at Thursday's rally.

Israel agreed a truce deal with Hamas and other Gaza factions on Wednesday with Egyptian mediation.
1 ) Thomas Birchfield / United States,
22/11/2012 17:57

2 ) Mel / USA
22/11/2012 18:09
Bravo!Unite!As Arab Palestinians!Not Sunni or Shia!Not Coptic or Sufi!Not Alawite or Malikite!No fundamentalists or secularists etc,etc!JUST UNITE,as Palestinian Arab nationals,brothers,sisters,cousins,friends!U can ALL B everything U want to B,AFTERWARDS! If U let your differences divide U, you'll HAVE NOTHING,when you've already lost so much! UNITE IN SOLIDARITY,to rebuild PALESTINE,a SOVEREIGN STATE.Show Israeli Jews the REAL Palestine,that welcomed them originally,B4 BRUTAL Zionism invaded!

3 ) Pal / US
22/11/2012 19:19
Fatah is Irrelevant

22/11/2012 19:20

5 ) Mel / USA
22/11/2012 20:44
And Bravo Khalid Meshal for ENDURING the interview from CNN's Christian Amanpour,LOL!What a troll-megaphone for Zionism,in TOTAL denial about INTERNATIONAL LAWS &UN Resols! Read the transcript of her VERY rude tirade of Zionist crap.No wonder CNN 's going viewer-dead?Bravo MAX B 2!

6 ) Mahud / Canada
22/11/2012 20:52
Who's fooling who on this reconciliation re-try.?? Hamas & Fatah Goals with occupied Israel are still as different as day and night. The hatred will bare it's ugly face again,after the silly phoney Hamas celebrations die down, of a situation In which Hamas lost some of it's top people,and important infrastructure.

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
22/11/2012 21:50
So in war now all the Palestinians claim "unity ?" So now all the Palestinians' factional "wars," all the bravado chest-thumping between them, all the condemnation finger-pointing, all the past arrests and murder of each other in the W. Bank and Gaza ... is all evaporating amidst all the smiling, self-congratulatory photo opportunities, all the happy faces of "triumphant glory" ??? ... So real Palestinian is finally occurring ??? ... After his exhumation, Arafat is back from the dead ??? ...

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
23/11/2012 01:13
You're totally correct: "a rare display of unity" We won't see it again for a long time. Fatah will apply to the U.N. to become a state for a territory they don't rule over. Maybe it's time for Hamas to apply to the UN for Gazastan to get the same membership?

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
23/11/2012 02:45
So in war now all the Palestinians claim "unity ?" So now all the Palestinians' factional "wars," all the bravado chest-thumping between them, all the condemnation finger-pointing, all the past arrests and murder of each other in the W. Bank and Gaza ... is all evaporating amidst all the smiling, self-congratulatory photo opportunities, all the happy faces of "triumphant glory" ??? ... So real Palestinian is finally occurring ??? ... After his exhumation, Arafat is back from the dead ??? ...

23/11/2012 04:07
Benjamin Franklin, an American revolutionary, once said, "We must hang together, or else the British will hang us separately". Hang together Palestine, unless the Jews hang you separately. From Genesis 21, we know Palestine is an ancient kingdom.

11 ) Nick Gilla / US
23/11/2012 08:09
Insh-alla, our comrades in Palestine will see an end to the ghetto-izing divisions imposed by colonizing forces, for 64 years, the same as are imposed upon our comrades in the Americas, to this day. Israelis and my fellow Americans do not know that the only way toward peace is first justice, for the indigenous people of Palestine, and that justice is predicated upon unity. My thoughts are with you all, in this historic step toward autonomy against the oppression of our Western governments.

12 ) Nour / 1-State
23/11/2012 10:30
MAAN zombies, as usual allowing this website to become a podium for Palestine-haters.

13 ) kniazhev meir / israel
23/11/2012 10:42
like proud kahanist in maccabist from holy crowd of maccabi haifa i don't see anything strange in order to hamas and fatah are friends again because they are two bad apples from the same shit tree because abu mazen wrote book where he didn't recognized holocaust of ashkenazik jews

14 ) wahyoe rock / Indonesia
23/11/2012 17:58
To my brothers in Palestine: We the people of Indonesia ask Sorry my brother, our government, was less concerned and supportive at you, brother, but we (the people), we were quite disappointed with the president, because we are not able to help you, do it for the fight
with you, israel occupation refusal to give a statement against you alone, our government is not firm.
But know is my brother, we on behalf of the people of Indonesia, our 1000% support you brother.
We always pray for my bro
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