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Showbiz: The Palestinian Inner Reconciliation

  December 18, 2011  by Avi Melamed Recently, and not for the first time, there is talk of an inner Palestinian reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority (Fatah) and Hamas. In late November a meeting was held in Cairo between Abu Mazen, the Palestinian President, and Khaled Masha’l, the Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas.  Following the meeting both leaders formally declared that all of the problems and disagreements between the sides were resolved.  It was reported that both leaders agreed to release each other’s imprisoned activists.  Masha’l even promised the Palestinian President that Hamas was willing to adopt the concept of “civilian resistance” and to pause, temporarily, its concept of “violent resistance.”  In addition, Masha’l committed that Hamas would…

Almost a Suicide Bomber: The Story of Amal Juma’ah

December 8, 2011  by Avi Melamed In October 2011, a deal was struck between Hamas and Israel. Over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners were exchanged for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit that was abducted by Hamas in June 2006. You can read more about the prisoner swap deal in my article: Israel – Hamas Prisoner Swap Deal: Arab Perspectives. Amal Juma’ah was one of the Palestinian female prisoners released by Israel. Following her release, Amal Juma’ah was hospitalized in a Palestinian hospital in Nablus with an undisclosed sickness. There has been talk of her being transferred to a Jordanian hospital. The Palestinian President, Mahmud Abbas, ordered the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, to make sure that all costs for her medical treatment…

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