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Fatah official: “The only conflict is with the Israeli occupation,” the differences between Fatah and Hamas are minor

Headline: "Al-Aloul: The sole and fundamental conflict is with the occupation"
"Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said… at a ceremony to mark the 14th anniversary of the death of [former PLO Chairman and PA President] Yasser Arafat as a Martyr (Shahid) that our people is still being subjected to aggression, and that the most despicable and grave kinds of crimes are still being committed against it… He explained: 'The Fatah Movement has always adhered to the principle and will never deviate from it – the only conflict is with the Israeli occupation, and the distinctions and differences between the Fatah Movement and the Hamas Movement are nothing but a secondary disagreement. The proof of this is that our sons from Fatah are standing in the battle field and have made many sacrifices in the Gaza Strip.' …
Al-Aloul demanded that priority always be given to the struggle against the aggression, and said: 'At this occasion, we repeat the call that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has made on several opportunities. We call on our brothers in Hamas – for the sake of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and for the sake of the future, freedom, and independence – to work immediately to end the [Fatah-Hamas] rift and to return to the bosom of the people and the homeland.’"
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