In Major Development, Islamic Jihad to Participate in PLC Elections

Member of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad in Palestine Mohammed Al-Hindi. (Photo: via MEMO)

Member of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad in Palestine Mohammed Al-Hindi has announced that his movement is ready to take part in the Palestinian National Council (PLC) elections, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday.

Speaking to the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV, Al-Hindi confirmed that these elections “must” be aimed at reconstructing the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as: “A liberation organization not as a submissive organization.”

He stressed that the start of ending the internal Palestinian division is the unity against the Israeli occupation, warning of: “Continuing dependence on maneuverers or small tactics and political changes that could take place here or there.”

He also emphasized the importance of cutting relations and stopping partnership with “the Zionist enemy”, reiterating the importance of: “Popular activities and friction with the enemy in the West Bank as a means to revive corporeal spirit for the Palestinians.”

Meanwhile, he conveyed: “Arab normalization of ties with Israel, the deal of the century and Israel’s annexation plans proved that dependence on the partnership with the Zionists is wrong.”

He also urged that the PLO “must” be the reference for the Palestinian Authority (PA), not vice versa and that due to the PLO being “the umbrella for all Palestinians”, it should determine all policies.

The Islamic Jihad leader confirmed that the ongoing dialogue between Fatah and Hamas: “Is a basic and supporting factor for any effort aiming to regain Palestinian unity.”

Hamas and Fatah have recently agreed to hold the first elections in Palestine in nearly 15 years.

Following a meeting at the Palestinian Embassy in Istanbul, a press release was issued that confirmed the two biggest Palestinian factions had reached ‘a unified vision’.

(Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

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