Hamas hails Barghouti’s call for Palestinian unity


Hamas yesterday hailed calls made by senior Fatah member Marwan Barghouti for Palestinians to unite, stick to democracy and start comprehensive national dialogue.

In a statement, Hamas chief of national relations Husam Badran said that Barghouti’s call, made through a letter he sent from prison, keeps up with his “historical role as a national leader who has been largely interested in uniting the Palestinians and supporting resistance.”

Badran added: “The letter included an advanced vision about uniting the Palestinians and removing a lot of obstacles ahead of reaching a national reconciliation.”

According to Badran, Hamas is looking forward to Barghouti’s call finding being actioned by Fatah leaders.

In his letter, which marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of the senior Fatah leader Khalil Al-Wazir, Barghouti called for fighting the occupation using all possible means, including armed resistance.

He also called for the Palestinians to unite against the “deal of the century”, to stick to democracy and to launch a comprehensive national dialogue.

Palestinian resistance and diplomatic and political issues should be headed by the PLO with the involvement of all factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, he added.

Barghouti was arrested by Israel in 2002 and was later sentenced to life for links to deadly attacks on Israeli targets carried out by Fatah operatives.