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RAMALLAH, March 6, 2014 (WAFA) – The Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, Junya Matsuura, signed Thursday contracts with Representatives of four local authorities to support projects in Ramallah.
Matsuura, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs, signed contracts with mayors of four Palestinian municipalities and local councils to implement four news projects with fund made available through the Government of Japan through the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The signing ceremony was held at the Japan Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
A grant of US$121,605 was extended for Shawawreh Village Council to construct six additional classrooms in Al Halabi Mixed School. This project would solve the problem of lack of classrooms for 138 students and enable 430 students to enjoy a better learning environment.
A grant of US$120,741 was extended for Beit Ulla Municipality to construct nine additional classrooms in UNRWA Girls School of Beit Ulla. 393 students would enjoy learning in a better educational environment away from crowded classrooms.
A grant of US$ 121,770 was extended for Zawiya Municipality to rehabilitate 4300 meters of naked wires and upgrade the electricity network in the village by installing two new transformers. This would provide 900 households with safe and stable electricity supply.
A grant of US$ 120,450 was extended to Seilat Harthiya Municipality to rehabilitate 4000 meters of old wires and upgrade the electricity network in the village by installing a new transformer. Around 442 households would be directly affected by this project and thus benefiting from a safe and stable electricity supply.
Matsuura in his speeches emphasized Japan’s firm commitment to supporting Palestinian people from human security perspective as well as the importance of implementing social and economic development projects needed for Palestinian communities.
Since 1993 the Government of Japan has extended its official development assistance exceeding $1.4 billion, to the Palestinians. GGP projects have been formulated in collaboration with the Palestinian Authority through MoPAD since 2010.
(Source / 06.03.2014)
Omar is a 7-year-old boy from Gaza. His family managed to obtain the necessary permits that allowed him to cross the Erez checkpoint to Jerusalem, through the West Bank, in order to undergo surgery. He was accompanied by his father. On the way back, the boy and his father were stopped at the Qalanidya checkpoint, separating occupied East Jerusalem from the West Bank. The father needed another permit from the Israeli military to take his son, whose wounds were still fresh hours after the surgery, back to the strip. But the soldiers were in no obliging mood.
This story was reported in its painful details by an Israeli rights activist Tamar Fleishman, of Machsomwatch (checkpoint watch). Her name is synonymous with the Qalanidya checkpoint, because she has been hovering there for countless hours, reporting on the Israeli military’s infuriating torment of Palestinian travelers. Her report, although painful to read, shed a light on a side of the Israeli occupation that oftentimes goes unnoticed. Many speak of Israel’s checkpoints dotting the occupied territories, but few truly appreciate the real experience of living life imprisoned between checkpoints, by being held hostage to the temperament of unruly soldiers.
Omar’s “body was still full of anesthetics (as he) collapsed on the metal bench at the shed in front of the DCL offices at Qalandiya checkpoint,” Fleishman wrote in the Palestine Chronicle. “It was very cold as the day turned into evening. Omar’s father took his leather coat off and wrapped it over his son. Omar didn’t open his eyes. Neither the healthy eye nor the one that was swollen from the surgery. He kept sleeping. He seemed to be in a state between sleep and loss of consciousness.”
The story goes on, and seems to never end. Omar is a representation of every Palestinian child and his dad embodies every Palestinian parent living under occupation.
Omar’s heartrending photo, also taken by Fleishman, is of him lying awkwardly at the metal bench, covered by a black leather coat. The boy was likely unaware of much of the reality that encircled him. He might have heard his father pleading his case to the soldiers; or felt the gentle caressing of his hair by a Palestinian mother, also held at the checkpoint; he might’ve even sensed the cold air penetrating his skin to his frail bones. Or he might’ve felt nothing at all. But still, Omar, is every sick Palestinian and his story symbolizes the very depravity at the heart of the Israeli occupation.
Omar is not a poster child for victimhood. His pain and that of his dad should not merely invoke sights of petty, or philosophical diatribes of how the occupation is killing Israel’s soul, or reignite yet more arguments of what ‘solution’ to the ‘conflict’ we like most. Neither the action of the soldiers, that of their military and political superiors, or of those who have armed and financed them (mainly the United States and European countries) are in the least influenced by fervently debated political and academic discourses. They simply have the means and power to maintain such a colossal matrix of control that turns the lives of ordinary Palestinians into a never-ending nightmare, and they have no reason to stop.
And why should they? Israel’s military occupation is a hugely successful business venture. Jewish settlers are rarely aware of how their presence in occupied land constitutes a violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. It’s a war crime. But do they know that? And if they do, should they care? They live in government subsidized housing, connected through a very costly road system – preserved for ‘Jews only’ back to Israel – enjoy numerous perks, ones that even those living in Israel cannot access. Settlers siphon Palestinian water from West Bank aquifers, while Palestinians barely get by with a small share of their own water resources. Settler children receive excellent healthcare, the best schooling, and their parents cruise around with nice cars as they enjoy the finer things in life. Most Palestinians subsist at a low-income and live life negotiating access through checkpoints, from the day they are born, until the day they die, and every day in between.
Israeli leaders thrive at the political support they receive from settlers, and cringe at the very thought of losing favor with the most messianic and ultra-nationalist and rightwing among them. The Israeli army is deployed throughout the West Bank – aside from ensuring that the Palestinian population is thoroughly subdued – to safeguard settlers and settlements. The checkpoints, like those of Qalandiya, are there to serve that purpose. As in many checkpoints in and around the West Bank, the fast lane is reserved for Jewish settlers, who are ushered in with ease. While Palestinians have to squeeze between concrete walls, giant cement blocks or fences as they wait to plead their case to the soldiers.
Some of the checkpoint’s waiting areas look like massive cages. Ma’an news agency reported on January 6 that a man was crushed to death at the Ephraim/Taybeh checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tulkarem. 59-year-old Adel Muhammad Yakoub from the village of Balaa “died as a result of extreme overcrowding,” it reported. “Some 10,000 Palestinian workers cross through the checkpoint every day and that inspection procedures at the checkpoint go very slowly causing dangerous levels of overcrowding inside the checkpoint.”
Yakoub left behind a wife and seven children. Now, 9,999 workers continue to cross through the Taybeh checkpoint. Even if the Israeli army increased the number of soldiers that process the permits for Palestinian workers, or enlarged the cage-like fences a few feet to the right or left, the fundamental question remains: what will compel Israel to end its occupation, tear down its walls, fences, and bring this horrific and protracted episode to an end?
How long will it be before Palestinian workers push back the fences and soldiers who take part in the collective and daily torment of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians?
As for the rest of us, will we continue to espouse this banal debate: one side that justifies Israel’s action, at times in the name of God and his ‘Chosen People’ and at others in the name of ‘security; and another side that is stuck promoting Palestinian victimization as if an end in itself, without much understanding of the true political underpinnings, or the sheer desire to carry out tangible acts of solidarity for the likes of Omar and his dad?
Omar was finally woken up by his distressed father, who managed to produce the boy’s original birth certificate (a copy, said, Fleishman, is unacceptable); and both, after a long wait, were allowed to go home to Gaza before Erez was scheduled to close. But still, another Omar must be waiting at some checkpoint, somewhere, with his original birth certificate in hand, accompanied by a distressed relative, beseeching the sense of morality of an unfeeling soldier, who has none.
(Source / 06.03.2014)
the prisoner Akram al-Fassisi
Gaza , ALRAY – Family of prisoner Akram al-Fassisi said their son is suffering severe bleeding in stomach.
Al-Fassisi, from the West bank city of Hebron, has stayed at Hospital of Kaplan in (Israel) for two weeks.
Yusof, al-Fassisi’s brother, said to The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights that his brother had declared and been on hunger strike since January 09, 2014, in spite of deterioration of his health. He sent a letter requesting nothing but a cerement.
For his part, Head of The Ahrar Center said that eight Palestinian prisoners are still on hunger strike who are: Muammar Banat, Akram al-Fassisi, Waheed Abu Maria,Ameer al-Shammas, Ahmed Abu Ras, Adel al-Saqsaq, KifahHattab, and Aymanetbaish.
He confirmed that most prisoners who are on hunger strike for long period have been transferred to hospital and banned from family’s visits, pointing out that there is continued deterioration of their health conditions.
(Source / 05.03.2014)
His grandson, Ayham Matar, told Ma’an that Saleh, who is commonly known as Abu Arab, died in his house in Homs on Sunday afternoon.
Abu Arab, deemed “the poet of the Palestinian revolution,” was born in al-Shajara village near Tiberia in mandate Palestine in 1931.
He lived in a number of refugee camps in Arab states, before ending up in Syria.
Shajara formed his first band which consisted of 14 singers in Jordan in 1980.
His father was killed while fighting Israeli forces in 1948, while his son was killed in the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
RAMALLAH: Two decades after peace efforts began, more than 60 per cent of the West Bank remains under sole Israeli control, and the fate of this territory is a key point of contention in US-led Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
The division of the West Bank into islands of Palestinian self-rule and areas under full Israel control was devised as part of interim peace agreements in the 1990s and meant to be temporary, but has remained in place for lack of a final peace deal.
This glance includes new figures published on Wednesday by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which conducted an extensive survey of Palestinian communities in the territory under full Israeli control, known as Area C.
Palestinians in Area C: 297,900, or nearly double an estimate from several years ago previously used by the UN Palestinians in Areas A and B, which are under limited Palestinian self-rule: 2.1 million.
Israeli settlers in Area C: some 350,000.
Palestinian towns, villages and hamlets that are fully or partially in Area C: 532.
Israeli settlements in the West Bank sanctioned by the government: about 120.
Israeli settlement outposts not formally authorised but backed by the state: about 100.
Seventy per cent of Area C is allocated for the use of Israeli settlements or the Israeli military, the UN says.
In the rest, Palestinian construction, while theoretically possible, is heavily restricted.
Palestinian self-rule areas cover about 38 per cent of the West Bank.
Work in Israel and Israeli settlements: 24 per cent.
Work for the Palestinian self-rule government: 23 per cent.
Local services: 19 per cent.
Farming and herding: 34 per cent.
Palestinians in Area C requested 444 building permits from Israel in 2010.
Of those, four were granted, according to the Israeli group Bimkom, which advocates for equal planning rights for Palestinians. In Israel’s West Bank settlements, work began last year on 2,534 apartments, compared to 1,133 in 2012, or an increase of 123 per cent.
(Source / 05.03.2014)
Hamas leaders denied the accusations, pointing out that Gaza is under a complete naval blockade by Israel that would make any shipment of arms into the besieged coastal enclave impossible.
Gaza Ministry of Interior spokesman Islam Shahwan said in a statement that Israeli claims were a “dangerous move” to justify Israel’s seven-year long blockade.
Shahwan urged journalists to avoid “being tricked by the Israeli narrative about capturing a ship carrying weapons to Gaza,” adding that “the sea is completely besieged and closed by the Israeli navy, and any ship which sails will be obstructed.”
Israel, which has long accused Iran and Syria of providing military aid to Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian militant groups, said the ship was carrying “advanced weaponry,” including rockets “capable of striking anywhere in Israel.”
The military said the Syrian-made weapons aboard the “Klos-C” were shipped overland to Iran and then onward towards Gaza by sea before being intercepted between Sudan and Eritrea.
“Dozens of surface-to-surface M302 Syrian-manufactured rockets were found (aboard),” Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters, adding that the crew of the ship had “fully cooperated.”
“We know for a fact the Iranians are behind this shipment,” Lerner said. “We’ve been following this for several months.”
The military said in an earlier statement it had “prevented an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.”
The military spokesman’s office tweeted that the rockets were “capable of striking anywhere in Israel.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the operation proved that Iran was playing a double-game with the international community, conducting talks on its controversial nuclear program while supporting “terrorism.”
“This clandestine operation was conducted by Iran. While Iran is conducting these talks, smiling to the international community, it continues to arm terrorist groups, continues to perpetrate terrorism around the world,” Netanyahu, who is currently in the United States, said in a video statement.
Militants in the Gaza Strip, which is governed by Hamas, have fired dozens of rockets at Israel since the beginning of the year, all of which have landed harmlessly in Israel.
Israel, meanwhile, has launched numerous air strikes on the Gaza Strip and soldiers have repeatedly opened fire on protesters near the border, killing at least eight people since the beginning of the year and injuring dozens.
The ship interception came just hours after the Israeli army claimed to have struck two Hezbollah fighters as they tried to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian frontier.
It also came just over a week after Israel reportedly bombarded Hezbollah positions inside Lebanon for the first time since the 2006 war, prompting a threat of retaliation.
The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.
The blockade was imposed following the victory of Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections and the subsequent 2007 clashes between Fatah and Hamas, which left Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of the West Bank.
The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
These have been particularly severe given frequently Israeli military assaults, particularly in 2008-9 and 2012, which killed around 1,400 and 170 Gazans respectively and led to major infrastructural damage.
A top Palestinian official has denounced the Israeli premier’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Nabil Shaath, a leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement, said on Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand for such recognition, and his insistence on maintaining Israeli troops along the Jordan Valley in a future Palestinian state, were “totally rejected.”
Speaking to AFP, he said Netanyahu’s speech was tantamount to “an official announcement of a unilateral end to negotiations.”
Earlier in the day, Netanyahu told the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that Tel Aviv wants an accord to resolve the conflict with Palestinians, but they must first recognize Israel as a Jewish state — a demand which Palestinians reject.
On Sunday, Shaath had called on Israel to halt settlement activities and release Palestinian prisoners, if it wants to extend the talks, which are set to end in April.
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators began a fresh round of talks in July 2013. Since the resumption of the direct talks, Palestinians have objected to a number of issues, including the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in 2010 after the Tel Aviv regime refused to halt its settlement construction.
On Monday, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released data showing that Tel Aviv began to work on 2,534 settlement units in the year 2013, compared to 1,133 in 2012.
Israel’s settlement construction remains one of the main obstacles to the regional peace.
(Source / 04.03.2014)
The Egyptian controlled Rafah border crossing, which is located in the southern Gaza Strip, links Gaza with the outside world. The Palestinians of the tiny impoverished enclave are denied their right to freedom of movement into and out of Gaza.
Gaza’s population of 1.8 million can only use Cairo International Airport to fly to other countries.
Endless protests and sit-in’s have been held by Gazans in recent months, calling on Egyptian authorities to keep it open permanently 24/7. The peaceful protestors have also called on all concerned parties such as the Palestinian Authority that has a good relationship with the new Egyptian regime to intervene in order to spare the people of Gaza any more suffering.
Thousands of people, including students and patients, as well as people who hold visas and citizenships to other countries, have been stranded for months waiting for the crossing to open.
The prolonged closure has affected people from different political affiliations. Everyone in Gaza has one demand; the full reopening of the Rafah crossing permanently and unconditionally and to be treated with dignity.
According to the Gaza Ministry of the Interior, the crossing was opened for only nine days since the start of 2014.
Since the ouster of Egypt’s first elected president, Mohamed Morsi by the military led by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on July 3, Egyptian authorities closed the crossing until further notice for security reasons, after the Egyptian army started a crackdown against militants in the Sinai Peninsula, accusing the Hamas-ruled Gaza of taking part in attacks against Egyptian forces.
Last September, hundreds of students demonstrated near the crossing, in response, Egyptian authorities agreed to open it on September 18 and 19 for four hours each day for “emergency cases only”, of course that did not address the needs of the 500-plus medical cases, let alone the 6,000 humanitarian cases, students, business people and workers waiting, some for several weeks if not months, to get out of Gaza.
But in many occasions, Egyptian border officials justified the closure saying that the computer network at the crossing had broken down. This triggered outrage among Gazans, especially students who demonstrated at the Palestinian side of the crossing and offered their laptops for free, in a sign of rejection of this excuse.
Gazans are depressed; they are detained, humiliated and violated because their right to travel freely has been stripped from them.
The Rafah crossing, the only access point for the Gaza Strip which has not been closed off by Israel, has always been the gate through which Gazans access the outside world since 1967.
Israel has occupied the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967 and even before the Israeli unilateral disengagement from Gaza in September 2005, the Rafah crossing was the main access point to the outside world for the vast majority of Gaza residents.
Egypt controls the Egyptian side of the crossing, and since late 2005 the Palestinians have been in control of the Palestinian side of the crossing, after Israel withdrew its forces and the Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip.
Being denied the right to freedom of movement for so many years, the 1.8 million people who live in the 360 square kilometres strip are victims of Israel’s prolonged military occupation and the political disagreements between the governments representing the two main rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas and the new Egyptian military regime.
Human rights groups say Israel remains the occupying power in Gaza through controlling Gaza’s airspace, territorial waters and land crossings, especially the Erez pedestrian terminal that links Gaza with the occupied West Bank.
Prior to 1967, under an Egyptian administration, the Gaza Strip had no controlled borders with Egypt and Gazans were able to drive through Sinai up to the Suez Canal without being stopped.
Human rights groups and activists say that the new restrictions imposed on Gazans by the new Egyptian regime are a form of collective punishment.
The Gaza Strip has been besieged since 2006 when Hamas won the January elections. The Mubarak regime was directly complicit in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians of Gaza. Unfortunately, this system of oppression has not come to an end even after the Muslim Brotherhood was elected in Egypt.
The situation has worsened since the military coup. Now the Palestinians of Gaza are being punished because the Muslim Brotherhood rules the Gaza Strip.
Humiliation Journey in Cairo
Ordinary Palestinians, especially men, are subjected to a humiliation procedure upon landing at Cairo International Airport; they are normally taken to a small detention room at the airport in very poor condition and bad facilities.
The harassment and deportation policy at Egyptian airports and crossings happen despite having the right entry visa to Egypt, even if Gazan travelers are on transit to and from Gaza.
This treatment is not applied for Gazans who have foreign passports. Some passengers, who have contacts within the Egyptian intelligence services, are exempt from this treatment if they apply for what is called “security coordination”. This enables them to enter Egypt and leave the airport without problems and make their own way to Gaza when they want.
Most Gazans with Palestinian passports who arrive in Cairo are deported directly to Rafah in case the Rafah crossing is open.
Normally the deportation journey from Cairo airport to the Rafah crossing takes place in the morning at around 8am; a trip can take up to seven hours by with only one stop during the journey. In some cases, Gazans living or staying abroad wishing to go back to Gaza via Cairo airport will not be allowed to board the plane if the crossing is closed. Sometimes those who reach Cairo airport are sent back to the countries from which they set off.
Therefore, currently any Palestinian from Gaza who is outside Gaza or Egypt and wishes to return has to wait until the crossing is open. This will make tickets costly due to the uncertainty of the timing and last minute updates regarding opening times and dates.
Leaving Gaza to Cairo if Rafah was open
Those who are allowed to leave Gaza via Rafah without being deported or escorted by Egyptian security in order to catch their flights, make their own way to Cairo, but the majority nowadays are deported directly to Cairo, this procedure is intended to make sure that none of these passengers stays in Egypt.
When they arrive at Cairo airport, they are taken to the deportation room; their passports are taken from them. Passports are returned only when they are allowed to leave the room an hour prior to their flights.
Whilst the Egyptian closure of the Rafah crossing has exacerbated the existing situation, the fundamental issue to be tackled is the Israeli siege on Gaza, strengthened to a strangling point in mid-2007.
In light of the silence on part of the international community, it remains to be seen if the people of Gaza will ever have a chance to live normal lives, especially as they are denied their right to move freely to and from Gaza and import and export goods without restrictions. Relations with Egypt are critical to Gaza. Gaza shares a border with Egypt and shares important cultural ties with its larger neighbour. Gaza residents hope Egypt’s policy of border closures will end one day, as Israel’s ongoing seven-year siege has negatively affected all aspects of life and reduced Gazans to live in abnormal situations in what is commonly known as “the world’s largest open air prison”.
(Source / 04.03.2014)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian civil servants called on the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government Monday to pay them full salaries, the clearest sign yet that Egypt’s blockade of the territory is making it increasingly difficult for the Islamic militants to govern.
The civil servants are considered Hamas sympathizers and their public complaints about not getting paid in full over the past four months reflect growing discontent in Gaza.
Still, there were no signs of open revolt against Hamas, which has kept a tight grip on Gaza and its 1.7 million people since the group overran the territory in 2007.
Both Israel and Egypt sharply restricted access to Gaza after the Hamas takeover, though Egypt for years looked the other way as cement, fuel and other goods, including weapons, were smuggled into Gaza through hundreds of tunnels running under the border with Egypt.
That changed last summer when Egypt destroyed or sealed virtually all of the tunnels. The crackdown came as part of the Egyptian military’s overthrow of then-ruler President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Hamas is the Gaza offshoot of the regional Brotherhood, and Egypt’s military alleged Islamic militants infiltrating into Egypt from Gaza were destabilizing the country, particularly Egypt’s lawless Sinai Peninsula, which abuts Gaza.
The closure of the tunnel has meant losses of millions of dollars in tax income for the Hamas government.
At the same time, Brotherhood sympathizers in the Arab world who used to send donations to Gaza have largely rerouted their money to other flashpoints, mainly the civil war in Syria.
In a third financial setback, Hamas fell out with longtime patron and financial supporter Iran in late 2011, after the Palestinian group refused to back Syrian President Bashar Assad, an Iran ally, in his battle against rebels, many of them with ties to the Brotherhood.
In a news conference Monday, the civil servants’ labor union said the Hamas government has only paid partial salaries to its 46,000 workers over the past four months. Ehab al-Nahal, a union chairman, said the civil servants understood the pressures Hamas faces but they are also struggling to get by and support their families.
“We fully understand the financial hardship experienced by the government under this unjust siege, but at the same time we deeply understand the suffering of the public sector employees who have lost decent life conditions due to the delays in getting paid and started facing hard times in providing the minimum necessities of life,” he said.
The Gaza finance minister, Ziad al-Zaza, said the government needs $45 million each month to pay wages and operating expenses, but currently only has $31 million available.
Al-Zaza played down the extent of the money crunch, saying that “we are facing hardship and not a crisis.”
(Source / 03.03.2014)
An official from the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fatah, has criticised Hamas, saying that the resistance group did not announce its position on political reconciliation until it was accused of interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs. Azzam al-Ahmad made his remarks during a visit to Cairo to meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy and senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk.
Al-Ahmad said that Fatah denounces all interference in Egyptian affairs, whether by Hamas or any other Palestinian faction. He pointed out that Hamas denies the accusation but the movement’s practices “give out negative signals”.
“We are keen to stop these interventions,” he insisted. “When the reconciliation efforts resumed recently, we stressed to Hamas that it should act as a Palestinian national movement and stop interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs,” the Fatah Central Committee member said. He expressed his hope that Hamas is aware of this reality and will stop “interfering” and prevent its media outlets from doing likewise.
According to Al-Ahmad, he not only met Abu Marzouk in Cairo but has also had contact with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in the Gaza Strip. He claimed that he was waiting for a response from Hamas, which needs more time to proceed with the reconciliation process. “The Gaza Strip and the Palestinian cause have no future if the division remains. We must seek all ways to end the split. The Palestinian leadership and Egypt coordinate non-stop about the situation in Gaza Strip,” he claimed.
A spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that Al-Ahmad and Foreign Minister Fahmy discussed the ongoing negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The minister gave his full support to the Palestinian position as well as to the reconciliation efforts and the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The Fatah official blamed Israeli “intransigence” and unwillingness to compromise for the impasse following the meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris recently.
(Source / 02.03.2014)