Fatah MP announces: measures against Gaza are a collective punishment

Fatah president and PA consider cuts to funding for water and education in the Gaza Strip

By Sohaila Barghash

After a meeting between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Cairo. Azzam al-Ahmad, Fatah central committee member announced that measures against Gaza will take place soon, including cutting funding allocated by the PA to Gaza.

“Infrastructure… education, environment, sewage and water. All of them are on the table,” Ahmad said.

The statement to which Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas official calls a ‘declaration of war’

“Azzam al-Ahmad’s statement… represent a declaration of war on the people of Gaza. All relevant parties must rectify the situation before it spins out of control. We will not allow this gang to suffocate and torture Gaza.” Abu Zuhri tweeted
On Sunday, PA employees were pulled out of the Rafah crossing at the border between Egypt and Gaza, putting its regular operation at risk, especially that Egypt has not yet announced whether it will open the passageway to people from Gaza.

The PA’s funding for Gaza includes money for water, electricity, education, healthcare, public employees’ salaries and other areas.

On Wednesday, a senior Fatah MP from the occupied West Bank described the decision collectively taken by PA and Fatah President Mahmoud against the people of Gaza as “a collective punishment, which should be rejected”.

Emphasizing that “Such measures have negative effects on the Palestinian cause, undermine internal reconciliation and cause new divisions among the Palestinians,”.

In his statement, Dimitri Dilliani also added that the Palestinian people of Gaza have nothing to do with current disputes between the political factions, and therefore those sanctions “are unacceptable”.

The MP accused Mahmoud Abbas and his team of lacking political legitimacy, saying that real legitimacy comes from the people rather than organizations and titles.

Meanwhile, Abbas stated that Hamas will no longer be tolerated, and such measures will be implemented until Hamas hands over control of Gaza.

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