Hamas and Fatah are gearing up for a “historic” joint rally in the Gaza Strip in a show of unity against Israel’s plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.
In a statement carried by the Palestinian WAFA news agency on Tuesday, Fatah Secretary General Jibril Rajoub announced that the joint rally will be coming “in the coming days.”
“The rally will be a historic point in consolidating the united Palestinian position in the face of the annexation project,” he said.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to annex about a third of the West and the Jordan Valley.
The plan is, however, on hold amid deep divisions within Netanyahu’s coalition cabinet over the land grab bid.
Rajoub said both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other national leaders will speak at the upcoming Gaza event, without elaborating on whether the speeches will be made via video link.
Rajoub noted that the joint rally would send a message of Palestinian unity to the world, saying, “We must raise the voices of the united Palestinian people, who adhere to the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, based on the 1967 borders and the return of refugees in accordance with international law, under the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization.”