Call for Pales­tinian unity over mosque

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RA­MAL­LAH: The Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity (PA) and the Ha­mas move­ment, the ac­tual rul­ing party in the be­sieged Gaza Strip, called for Pales­tinian na­tional unity on Sun­day amid on­go­ing protests over in­creased Is­raeli se­cu­rity mea­sures at the al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound in oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem.

The PA called on Ha­mas to im­me­di­ately re­spond to PA Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas’s in­vi­ta­tion to tran­scend the 10-year con­flict with the PA rul­ing party Fatah and hand over con­trol of the Gaza Strip in the name of broader na­tional in­ter­est.

PA spokesper­son Tariq Rish­mawi said that the city of Jerusalem and Is­lamic and Chris­tian holy sites were wor­thy of Pales­tini­ans com­ing to­gether in their de­fence against Is­raeli at­tempts to turn the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict from a po­lit­i­cal to a re­li­gious one.

Rish­mawi also praised the “leg­endary de­ter­mi­na­tion” of the Pales­tinian peo­ple in Jerusalem, re­it­er­at­ing the PA’s po­si­tion in favour of East Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state along­side Israel.

Mean­while, the Ha­mas move­ment called in a state­ment for all Pales­tinian po­lit­i­cal fac­tions to come to­gether to ur­gently de­vise a na­tional strat­egy to pro­tect al-Aqsa.

Ha­mas called on all Pales­tinian fac­tions to act in sup­port of what it called the “Jerusalem In­tifada”, in­clud­ing by end­ing the PA’s con­tro­ver­sial pol­icy of se­cu­rity co-or­di­na­tion with Israel and ceas­ing puni­tive pro­ce­dures against the Gaza Strip, for­mer pris­on­ers, and Pales­tinian Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil mem­bers. Ma’an

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas at­tends a meet­ing with Pales­tinian lead­ers in the West Bank city of Ra­mal­lah.

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