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Hamas: A Discussion PDF Print E-mail
Feb 05, 2006 at 12:00 AM
Michael Enright interviews Amos Oz and Azzam Tamimi [CBC Radio, The Sunday Edition, February 5, 2006]
(Audio recording; RealPlayer required)

Enright speaks with Amos Oz, Israeli novelist, about his latest work “How To Cure A Fanatic” and about his reaction to Hamas’ victory in the Palestinian elections; then with Professor Azzam Tamimi, who was born in the West Bank city of Hebron and is a Hamas supporter.

“In the aftermath of the stunning Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections, all sides are moving carefully. The United States is threatening to cut off all aid to the Palestinians and Hamas unless it renounces its intention to destroy Israel. A former Israeli Prime Minister compares the Hamas victory to the election of Adolf Hitler in 1933. There is turmoil in Gaza and the West Bank as supporters of the opposition Fatah party, the party of Yassir Arafat, storm the Palestinian parliament. And a Hamas leader says his group would sign a peace treaty if Israel withdraws to the pre-1967 boundaries and releases all Palestinians in Israeli jails. In other words, politics, once again, being played out in a cloud of fear, uncertainty, determination and frustration...”

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Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy

Final Statement of the Palestinian Civil Society Conference,
Cyprus, 16–18 October 2007

As part of the effort by the Palestinian civil society organizations to overcome the state of forced Palestinian fragmentation and consolidate the national role of the Palestinian NGOs in all their places of residence, a conference titled "Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy" was held in Agros, Cyprus, between 16 and 18 October 2007 at the initiative of Ittijah-The Union of Arab Community Based Associations. Forty-four participants representing a broad sector of Palestinian civil society networks, coalitions, and associations in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait, in addition to a number of international partner organizations supporting Palestinian rights, attended the conference. The Israeli occupation authorities banned the travel of a delegation representing civil society organizations in Gaza.

The conference discussed a number of issues, notably: The Palestinian situation and Palestinian, regional, and international developments, including the Annapolis conference; the collective Palestinian strategy against the forced fragmentation; the endeavors to rebuild terms of reference and assert the constant Palestinian principles; the strategy of collective Palestinian advocacy; Palestinian media strategies; and local and international coordination on the Palestinian question.

The participants in the conference set bases that would help strengthen the overall Palestinian struggle for liberation in all its contexts: the occupation, the displacement and uprooting, and the assault on Palestinian existence in the 1948 areas.

A draft of a collective organizational structure and an action plan were also devised, and a follow-up committee to implement this plan and lead the agreed process was set up.

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