Fatah partisans driven from the Gaza Strip by Hamas reject Palestinian reconciliation.
Adam Reynolds/Special to the Christian Science Monitor
Beit Jala, West Bank
Now, at 22, he is a double-amputee, following the violent struggle in Gaza last June, in which Hamas seized control of all the military and political posts of the Palestinian Authority (PA), then controlled by Fatah.
"There isn't one among them who doesn't want to go back and be with his family – it's the only way to have their morale boosted," says Midhat Taha, who escaped from Gaza last June because he is an assistant to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Now, Dr. Taha is charged with helping the worst cases.
"Some of them could go back, but when they return they are brought in for interrogation and this is very difficult. [Hamas] arrests these people who try to go home, to get information about the situation in the West Bank, about [Fatah] offices."
Close to the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding, Palestinians are deeply divided – geographically between the West Bank and Gaza, and ideologically between Islamic Hamas and secular Fatah. National reconciliation seems far off, and to some, increasingly less achievable or even desirable. As if to drive home the point, an agreement reached in Yemen late last month to launch a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation dialogue has been met with doubt, pessimism, and even outright rejection.