Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Muhammed Dahlan (right).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Fatah members allied or suspected of being allied with Muhammad Dahlan, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s chief rival, will not attend the upcoming 7th Fatah General Congress.
A document leaked to multiple Palestinian news sites confirms previous suspicions that Dahlan and his supporters will not be allowed to the attend the congress.
Some 1,400 Fatah members will convene at the congress to elect leaders to the movement’s top two leadership bodies, the Central Committee and the Revolutionary Council, and set a strategy for Fatah for the next five years.
Dahlan and many of his allies attended and were elected to leadership positions at the last congress in 2009.
Some of the Fatah leaders close or suspected of being close to Dahlan, who were not included in the document, are Revolutionary Council members and parliamentarians such as Najat Abu Bakr, Sufian Abu Zaida, Nasser Juma, Ashraf Juma and Naimah Ali Sheikh.
Ashraf Juma, a Fatah parliamentarian representing Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, told the Palestinian news site Amad: “If the 7th Congress takes place with the names we are looking at [on this document], the congress will be a catastrophe.”
Jihad Harb, a Palestinian researcher and analyst, told The Jerusalem Post
the Palestinian leadership wants to remove Dahlan and his supporters from powerful positions in Fatah.
“There is a clear attempt to oust Dahlan and anyone who has a relationship with him from leadership roles in Fatah,” Harb said, adding that Dahlan likely has two response options.
“Dahlan either will condemn and attack the congress, or he will attempt to establish a separate movement made up of the Fatah members who have been ousted including many members from Gaza,” Harb said.
Members of the Fatah Central Committee hold that Dahlan and his supporters have overstepped their grounds and cannot participate in the conference because they refuse to abide by the decisions of the Fatah leadership.