Oxfam: Donors Should Recognize Palestinian Reconciliation

The international community should welcome the reconciliation between the Fatah and Hamas political parties in order to be improve the lives of people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to international aid organization Oxfam.

Oxfam International said April 29 that members of the international community should also avoid adopting policies that could set back unity efforts.

“Palestinian reconciliation is a crucial step towards achieving a just and durable solution to the conflict,” Oxfam International Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs said in a statement.

The Fatah political party, which is led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has reportedly reached an agreement with the Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. At least three U.S. legislators have warned that a unity government involving the Hamas, which the country considers a terrorist organization, could lead to the suspension of U.S. financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.

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