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The rise of Hamas

Hamas and the Fatah radicals will transform Palestinian politics

By Alastair Crooke   February 2006

If free and reasonably fair parliamentary elections have gone ahead as scheduled at the end of January in the Palestinian territories, we are likely to witness a profound shift in power. The radical younger Fatah generation of the intifadas, represented by the imprisoned Marwan Barghouti, will soon be sitting beside Hamas in a “militant” Palestinian parliament.

This reflects the demise of the Palestinian constituency of the 1993 Oslo accords. The Oslo agreement effectively awarded one Palestinian faction, Fatah, a monopoly of power and armed force in return for dismembering their emerging political rivals. But the Palestinian voters who overwhelmingly endorsed…

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