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Islamic Jihad hails the reconciliation agreement

A leading figure in Islamic Jihad announces that the group will take part in the signing ceremony of the national reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas

Saleh Naami , Monday 2 May 2011
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Khaled Al-Batsh, a leading figure in Islamic Jihad announced his movement's reservations regarding the national reconciliation agreement to be signed in Cairo between Fatah and Hamas within days.

In his statement published on the Palestine Today website, Al-Batsh stated he will examine how far the agreement is committed to “national constants and the right of resistance to combat the occupiers.” He, nevertheless, reiterated that he will still take part in the Cairo signing ceremony as it is in adherence to the movement's motto of “national unity and the Palestinian people are the main constants of the movement.” He continued, stating that the movement will stand in support of the agreement to end this chapter of division.

Meanwhile, announcements were made in Gaza as Fatah and Hamas prepare to coordinate their activities commemorating the Naqba for the first time in five years. The Naqba commemoration recalls the day Israel was proclaimed a state on Palestinian occupied land in 15 May 1948.

For his part, Zakaria Al-Agha, a member of the executive committee of the PLO and head of the refugee affairs department, stated that there are activists from both Fatah and Hamas who are currently working on collecting signatures to reinstate the right of return of refugees living in camps to return to their homeland as another theme in the national constants.

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