Like most of the Arab world, Fatah and Hamas are strongly opposed to any form of normalization with the Jewish state.
Ironically, the anti-normalization movement in
Similarly, Fatah, whose leaders signed the Oslo Accords and supposedly recognized
It is easy to understand why Hamas and Muslim fundamentalists are opposed not only to normalization with
It is even more difficult to understand why EU-funded NGOs in the
Wouldn't be better and more beneficial if Europeans started investing their money in programs and seminars that promote coexistence and tolerance between Arabs and Jews? An organization that combats normalization with
On the other hand, there's a large degree of hypocrisy in the fact that Fatah is opposed to normalization with
Many of the Palestinian faction's leaders hold Israeli-issued VIP cards that enable them to move around freely, a privilege denied to a majority of Palestinians. Some of these leaders use the cards to visit Tel Aviv's fine restaurants and hotels. Others use the VIP cards to travel abroad frequently, another privilege that many Palestinians do not enjoy.
Moreover, how can Fatah claim to be opposed to normalization with
Why is it all right for Fatah officials to visit Tel Aviv and conduct security coordination with
Palestinian journalists who last week met with their Israeli colleagues and an Israeli army spokesman in Tel Aviv have come under fire from both Hamas and Fatah.
The journalists - Lana Shaheen, Mueen al-Hilu and Abdel Salam Abu Askar - may be expelled from the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate on charges of promoting normalization with
The Palestinian journalists who visited Tel Aviv did not commit any crime - as claimed by Hamas and Fatah. These journalists did not make any attempt to keep the visit a secret because they did not feel that they were doing anything wrong or harmful to their people.
Despite the anti-normalization drive, many Palestinian journalists continue to cooperate with Israeli media on a daily basis. This type of cooperation has been going on since even before the peace process began in 1993.
Such meetings and cooperation are the best way to promote understanding and coexistence between Jews and Arabs in this part of the world. It is time to wage a counter-attack on those who are trying to foil any chance of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. The best way to confront the extremists is by cutting off the funding to their organizations.
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