Call for Palestinian unity over mosque
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
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank city of Ramallah.