A local PFLP leader calls on Hamas to renounce hegemony over Gaza
Local leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Jamil Majdalawi, called on Hamas on Saturday to renounce control over the coastal region. Majdalawi's remarks came on the sideline of a large PFLP's rally, marking the 40th anniversary of the installation of the leftist Palestinian party.
"Down with internal fighting, down with dismissal of others, long live democratic pluralism," Majdalwi addressed PFLP's supporters.
The leftist leader criticized underway Palestinian Authority's arrests among local Palestinians throughout the West Bank, as " satan equation', demanding the Salam Fayyad-led cabinet not to hold people accountable, based on their political affiliations.
At the Gaza level, Majdalawi denounced what he called ' Hamas' apparatuses crimes' during a commemoration rally of late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat in November, in which at least eight people were killed and dozens other wounded, when Hamas-run police forces dispersed crowds.
He also expressed outrage over PA's forces crackdown on protesters of the recent U.S-hosted Annaplois peace summit, in the West Bank city of Hebron, where two civilians were shot dead.
Majdalawi, who is also a member of PFLP's political bureau, called for halting the rivalry between Hamas and Fatah, urging the two parties to reinitiate dialogue for the best of Palestinian national interests.
Hamas, an Islamist party established in 1988, took control over Gaza in mid June, amidst a power struggle with the largest PLO-linked secular Fatah party. President Abbas of Fatah, outlawed Hamas and formed a caretaker government in the West Bank.
The leftist leader stressed on the PFLP's path of resistance, saying that the PFLP's guns will remain to be pointed at the Israeli occupation, until such an occupation comes to end once and for all.
The PFLP was established in December, 1967 by George Habash, a veteran Palestinian leader, and since then it became a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
The party has been involved in armed resistance against the Israeli occupation, the most notable of which was hijacking Israeli planes in the 1970s.