Article from Al Jazeerah
[ 05/05/2011 - 11:07 AM ]
Scores of Palestinians raised Hamas and Fatah banners as they filled the streets of Gaza city celebrating the signing of unity deal on Wednesday that ended a national split that has haunted the Palestinians over the past four years.
They shouted demands for unity behind the Palestinian constants and implementation of the terms agreed upon in the deal, without repeating what was experienced in previous agreements.
Speaking at one of the marches, Dr. Ahmed Bahar, deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, congratulated the Palestinians on the achievement.
He called on undersigners to act according to what was stipulated in the unity deal, also calling for the immediate release of all political prisoners and the swift formation of a new government of independent technocrats.
The senior lawmaker called on the United Nations and the Quartet to stand by the Palestinians in their quest for freedom without showing bias to Israel.
Concluding his speech, Bahar delivered a message directed at Israel, saying: ”We say to the Zionist occupation, openly before the world: our people are united, and Fatah, Hamas and all of the factions are united. This is the true response to all of the malicious statements against our people and our Palestinian unity.”