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Palestinian factions call for Arab unity against Israel

Palestinians shout slogans an wave their national flag as they take part in a demonstration in support of a new attempt to reconcile the militant Islamist movement Hamas and its Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on April 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB

BEIRUT: The political committee of the Palestinian nationalist and Islamic factions in Lebanon Monday condemned the recent Israeli attacks on Palestinian territories, calling for Arab unity against Israel.

“[We condemn] the continuous Zionist attack on our Palestinian people in the West Bank, Gaza and occupied Jerusalem,” said the group’s statement after a meeting in the Palestinian embassy in Lebanon.

The factions also condemned the Israeli Army’s attack on Syrian military bases in the last two days.

They called on the Arab and Islamic nations to “stop all internal battles and unite the efforts to confront the Zionist attacks targeting our nation.”

The statement also tackled Friday’s suicide bombing that targeted the police checkpoint at Dahr al-Baidar, warning against “attempts to raise sectarian tensions again.”

It also highlighted the importance of keeping Palestinian camps in Lebanon and Syria out of any internal political conflicts.

The committee, which includes representatives of both Hamas and Fatah in addition to the other Palestinian parties, praised the recent initiative that will create the elite security force in Ain al-Hilweh camp.

The initiative would “protect the Palestinian existence [in Lebanon],” the statement said. “It will enhance the Lebanese-Palestinian brotherly relations.”

The factions called on Lebanese media channels to be “accurate and objective” in their coverage of events occurring inside Palestinian camps. They criticized the instigation of sentiments against Palestinians in Lebanon, saying that their camps “will be nothing but a factor of stability.”

They called on the Lebanese government to ease the policies restricting the flow of Palestinian refugees from Syria, advocating an equal treatment of all refugees coming across the borders.

“[We call for] their equal treatment to that of their Syrian brothers, since both are living the same suffering,” the statement said.

Finally, the statement called for speeding the reconstruction of the Nahr al-Bared camp, calling on “the Lebanese state, UNRWA and the international community to secure the necessary funding for the project.

“The camp is a station on the way back to Palestine,” the statement said.

 

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Summary

The political committee of the Palestinian nationalist and Islamic factions in Lebanon Monday condemned the recent Israeli attacks on Palestinian territories, calling for Arab unity against Israel.

The factions also condemned the Israeli Army's attack on Syrian military bases in the last two days.

It also highlighted the importance of keeping Palestinian camps in Lebanon and Syria out of any internal political conflicts.

Finally, the statement called for speeding the reconstruction of the Nahr al-Bared camp, calling on "the Lebanese state, UNRWA and the international community to secure the necessary funding for the project.


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