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New hope for Palestine?

Palestine's warring leaders have long kept their own people under siege—but as Hamas's popularity wanes, there is fresh hope for the peace process

By Jo-Ann Mort   August 2009

By all accounts the Fatah Party Congress earlier this month—the first in 20 years—was a big success. It showed democracy in action, the type that the White House would no doubt like to see throughout the Arab world, with real debate and clean elections. But it was as much about who was not in the meetings room in Bethlehem on 4th-6th August as it was about those in attendance. And those who were not in attendance are as critical to Fatah’s success—and that of the Palestinian nationalist camp that Fatah represents—as those who were.

Among the victors was Marwan Barghouti,…

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