The date to held the sixth conference of Fatah movement is approaching, tomorrow will mark the long- awaited conference for twenty years, twenty years generations arose and generations died and others failed to work because of disease.
The delay in holding the conference for two decades is an indicator to a critical organizational crisis experienced by the movement.
It is unreasonable in history that a political movement or state waits all this time to held its conference, and in spite of all excuses, conflicts and justifications which may convince us, waiting all this time indicates a vital and dynamic crisis which the movement experiences.
Finally it is decided to held the conference in Palestine in Bethlehem on the forth of august 2009. We as Palestinian citizens felt optimistic that finally there is a decision to held the conference and this shows to some extent that there is a trend to make decision, specially in the time of no decisions and the administrative and political anarchy, we thought that holding the conference itself can be positive in improving the movement status and restructuring it , also reviewing its performance, because we believe that a healthy Fatah would return in benefit for Palestinian people, specially because it is considered one of the main political components in the Palestinian arena.
Regardless of the method of selecting the members of conference, whether it is based on unfounded or tainted by some defects as the exception to some active forces within Fatah; this is a matter of Fatah persons, I don’t allow myself to interfere as I am an independent Palestinian, but I can reach conclusions which are not encouraging for the output of this conference.
The organizers for this conference made a great effort to persuade Israel to allow to the outside members of the conference to enter the west bank, most of the efforts succeeded, only a few members Israel prevented them to enter the west bank and this in turn leads us to two questions:
*why similar efforts didn’t made to convince Hamas to allow the members of the conference from Gaza strip to participate?
*does Israel become more understanding and tolerant to the needs of one of the main political components of Palestine (Fatah) of Hamas?
We will try to answer these two questions to clarify the tragic image for the Palestinian situation.
The leadership of didn’t contact Hamas to resolve this problem, either because they consider that it is not a problem and they didn’t expect the responsible of Hamas would take such a position of rejection as a matter of trust, and the right is Hamas should not prevent the members of the conference from participating, or they don’t recognize the existence of Hamas and deny its legitimacy accordingly would not behave modestly to ask them such a request, and only they deal with the Syrian and Egyptian mediation to resolve this problem and this in itself is unjustified arrogance because brothers have the priority to be asked rather than strangers(Israel); and why Hamas rejects the participation of the members of conference from Gaza while Israel allow this; isn’t this unacceptable behavior from Hamas
If one looks to Hamas demands in order to allow the participation of members from Gaza which includes the release of detainees in the prisons of Palestine national authority in the west bank and having passport to Gaza, he would find it reasonable and legitimate demands, then, why Fatah refuses the positive cooperation with these demands if they are interested in the participation of the members of the conference from Gaza, specially that this cost is required for the benefit of the Palestinian people, to release political prisoners in the west bank will be a positive behavior to encourage dialogue and to allow access of passports, and will grantee to Palestinian in Gaza to pay half of the cost which they pay to the passport offices and brokers.
I don’t understand why Fatah refuses that, is it because they don’t have the ability to take such a decision, then we say the Algerian proverb ” Allah Alghaleb” or they have the ability but don’t want to take it, this in itself another problem. Although the legitimacy of the demands of Hamas, why doesn’t Hamas allow the members of the conference to participate in a courage and tolerant step whether Fatah responded to their demands or not?
Aren’t Hamas raising the slogan of religion; religious is tolerance; good and bad aren’t equal, then why not pay the way that is better?!
I call upon Hamas to take courageous decision to allow Fatah members to participate in the conference as a good-will gesture regardless if Fatah responded or not, because in such a big situation this will increase their respect and not the opposite and will open a window of hope in success of the dialogue which is postponed since many months.
I also call upon the leadership of Fatah in the West Bank to deal positively with Hamas demands.
The parties must present a glimmer of hope for the people because what is being done as actions, reactions and arrogance against each other, spread despair and frustration among the general public…. You both parties, fear your god, the one who starts peace is the better.