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The electricity reveals the lies of Fatah and Hamas
By: Moatasem Hamadeh
January 30, 2017

The Gaza electricity experiment proved that Fatah and Hamas are disputing the power and the factional interests, outside the boundaries of the political conflicts, and that the street alone is what scaring them together.

The Palestinian parties, inside and outside the PLO, met in the framework of the Preparatory Committee of the Palestinian National Council, and there was a dialogue for two days, then at the end, all parties agreed on the necessity of holding a Palestinian national council that includes everyone, and that the PLO is the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and on the need to end the division and restore the internal unity, and the need to intensify the efforts and forces and clustering them in the face of the Israeli occupation and the Zionist project.

The Palestinian scene in «Beirut meeting» seemed nice, the Palestinians introduced themselves as if they are agreed, that the division is about to be over, and that the way towards restoring the internal unity is open on the two lines. The conferees, themselves, then moved to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian administration and the Institute of Orientalism, they continued what they had started in Beirut, spoke on the same lines, and reiterated the same points, even they reached to something like the «Moscow Declaration», when they summarized the unity of the Palestinian position in a number of points that repeated some of what came in the national conciliation document (2006), and before that at the Palestinian National Conference in Cairo (2005), as well as some of what came in the statement of Beirut.

As in Beirut, as well as in Moscow, and in the framework of the Russian white nature decorated with ice, the Palestinian scene also seemed beautiful, and the conferees went to snap souvenir photos, especially with their Russian hosts and there was a case of optimism in the Palestinian air that the relief is near.

Before Beirut, and before Moscow, the parties themselves, and sometimes the same people, met in Geneva, under the sponsorship of a number of Palestinian and international institutions, to discuss the Palestinian situation in light of the rough developments in the region, and the future changes on the American scene and its impact on the Palestinian situation.

As in Beirut, and in Moscow, as well as in Geneva, the Palestinian scene was «impressive», as if there is no split, no conflicts, as if things are all fine.

If we move to the occupied Palestinian territories, which some of them are managed by the PA government, and others are managed by Hamas, in a case of a very bright administrative division. If we take the issue of electricity in the Gaza Strip, as a model of the relationship between the two parties, we find that the distance is very vast, between what took place in Beirut, Moscow and Geneva, and what is going on, between Ramallah and Gaza.

Here we are not talking about a strategic political issue. We're talking about a service issue that affects people's lives in different aspects. It is the electricity issue. This, in our opinion, is a limited technical administrative issue.

However, we found media battles between the two sides that were full of information, and its opposite.

This disparity in the information, either confirms, that the two parties are lying, and concealing the truth from the people, and they are dealing with the interests of the people, or that the public money, here and there, money is spent without any popular control, in the absence, and the negligence of the legislative and judicial institutions, and those of the events civil society.

In the same context, Hamas considers that raising the problem of electricity, hides behind political goals, including the impeachment of Hamas's ability to manage the public affairs.

Perhaps it is pathetic, that Hamas accuses thousands of demonstrators from the sons of the Gaza Strip, that they were involved in a conspiracy against it and its experience in governance management.

In the same context, Hamas resorts to tools that became obsolete, such as issuing the fatwas by some «sheikhs», which considers demonstrating against Hamas as a sin (!) but to demonstrate to support Hamas as a religious duty (!).

So, Hamas, to dodge its responsibilities, it moves forward, and calls the PA in Ramallah to take the management of the Gaza Strip. Alhamdallah government in its part, picks up the ball, and immediately shows its willingness to do so. Then a new media war begins. Alhamdallah government (and behind it Fatah), accuses Hamas with making maneuvers, and that it does not want to leave the management of the Strip, and Hamas, for its part, accuses the PA with stalling and that it is refusing to take the Gaza Strip management. In both cases, the loser is the Gaza Strip and its inhabitants.

When Geneva, Beirut and Moscow meetings were held, the social networking pages were full of sarcastic comments; all of them confirm that a wide majority of citizens, who are the observers of the public affairs, do not believe what is said by the two sides of division, Fatah and Hamas.

Perhaps the issue of electricity, the debate about it, and it revealed of information, confirm the accuracy of the feelings of the commentators on the social networking pages. Also, it assures to us, once again, that the strength of the divisive current, in both sides is very strong, and it has its roots in the Palestinian society.

As well as, a big number of observers, confirm that Hamas itself, will remain wedded to the Gaza Strip, and will not return it to the PA in Ramallah, whatever the deal is, and whatever the elements are, and that the PA, in the other hand, will not call for the recovery of the Gaza Strip, but on its own terms, the simplest of these conditions, is uprooting Hamas influence from the departments and institutions, and restoring the influence of Fatah.

The real scene confirms that the conflict overcomes its political borders and the two sides are ready to manipulate the political conditions and rotate their corners, as they did in many agreements, protocols and understandings, and the latest Al-Shate'a agreement in 2014, the two sides also, are not ready to compromise on their factional and authoritarian interests which are provided by the ministries, and the financial institutions and budgets.

The experiment of electricity, once again, confirmed that the solution is to go down to the street. The street is what frightens the two parties together.

Moatasem Hamadeh is a member of the Political bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Translated by: Ibrahim Motlaq

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