Document to Resolve 'Hamas-Fatah' Crisis In Lebanon

Document to Resolve 'Hamas-Fatah' Crisis In Lebanon

Thursday, 12 July, 2018 - 07:00
Electric cables and Islamist flags hang over a street dominated by Islamists factions in the refugee camp of Ain Al-Helweh, near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, on March 16, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/JOSEPH EID)
Beirut - Paula Astih
Palestinian sources in Lebanon said a document was currently drafted to reset the rules of a joint work between Fatah and Hamas based on a new memorandum of understanding for both movements.

In 2014, a joint initiative was signed to protect the Palestinian presence in Lebanon based on 19 items, which aimed to prevent sectarian strife and possible clashes between Palestinians and any
Lebanese side.

The initiative also stipulated the protection of the national Palestinian identity by stressing the right of return, rejecting all plans to deport Palestinian refugees or naturalize them. It also defended the unity, security and stability of Lebanon and enhancing the Lebanese-Palestinian relations.

According to informed Palestinian sources, a Lebanese and Palestinian mediation has been launched to revive the work of the joint initiative, “despite the insistence of the Fatah Movement on the need to reach an agreement between all factions over main principles and to establish a foundation based on clear footings.”

Fatah wants to prevent any Palestinian faction to take individual decisions or disassociate itself from any decisions taken by the political leadership.

Efforts to revive the Palestinian joint work had been frozen since last week by a decision from the Fatah Movement and factions of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, amid escalatory disputes with the

Hamas Movement, a situation that threatens to shake the fragile political and security stability inside Palestinian camps.

Fatah accuses Hamas of disassociating itself from agreements and understandings, previously reached between the two sides.

For its part, Hamas accuses Fatah of taking one-sided decisions, a behavior that requires reviewing the rules based on which the two sides reached an agreement four years ago.

A source from Fatah said the Movement was ready to return to the Palestinian joint plan as of tomorrow, in case Hamas announces its promises to respect agreements signed earlier between the two sides.

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