Fatah leaders split over support for disturbances

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October 12, 2015 06:00
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Differences have erupted among top leaders of the Fatah faction regarding the latest wave of attacks against Israelis, Palestinian sources said on Sunday.

According to the sources, as reported by the Rai Al-Youm online newspaper, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also head of Fatah, has been facing demands from some of the faction’s leaders to openly support the new Palestinian intifada.

These leaders are reportedly unhappy with the PA’s failure to play any role in or support the current wave of attacks on Israelis, the sources told Rai Al-Youm.

The Fatah leaders, according to the sources, are demanding that their representatives be given a green light to participate in the funerals of the Palestinian assailants killed by the IDF and Israel Police.

The sources named three senior Fatah officials as spearheading the demands for a Fatah role in the current unrest: Tawfik Tirawi, Sakher Bseiso and Sultan Abu al-Ainain.

Fatah leaders have been facing criticism from many Palestinians for their failure to attend the funerals of the Palestinian assailants – a fact that has sparked fears among some of the faction’s senior figures. In addition, none of the senior PA or Fatah officials have offered condolences to the families of the assailants or visited their homes, as has been the case in the past.

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