Palestinian Fatah and Hamas movements vowed to “unite” against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, speaking at a joint video conference, Ramallah, Thursday.
Secretary of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement Major General Jibril Rjoub, called on all the Palestinian factions, to unite their positions and participate in the national action together.
Rjoub said: “With this message, Fatah and Hamas show a consensus in which there is greatness from the two movements and leaders. I speak on behalf of the Central Committee and the leadership committee and on behalf of our head Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and Saleh Arouri speaks in the name of Hamas, which is an inherent part of the Palestinian people.”
He added: “I think that today we are coming out with one voice and one flag, and we are working to build a strategic vision worthy to face the challenges that have to do with the leadership of the Palestinian streets and all factions of national action, away from all sediments and secondary contradictions.”
Deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas movement, Saleh al-Arouri, added: “The most important message we want to convey to our youth and our bases in Hamas and to the political leadership of the Fatah movement and the Hamas movement and to all factions is that we say that everyone should engage in joint work to confront the annexation project. We have aggression and herds of settlers on our lands, our farms, and our cities, and we must defend our people.”
The Israeli government plans to annex large areas of the occupied West Bank, a move denounced by the United Nations, several European powers, the Palestinian Authority, and human rights associations for being inconsistent with international law.