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Where not to be this weekend: the Fatah Congress

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They're not singing along to 'If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands..'

They're not singing along to 'If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands..'

There are alot of places that you may not want to be in this weekend, but spare a thought for the delegates at the ongoing Fatah party congress, possibly one of the worst places you could be spending your time at. Fatah has earned every bit of the unpopularity and murky reputation courtesy officials like Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammad Dahlan and the years of being absolutely unaccountable for their actions.

Al-Jazeera reported screaming matches and huge disagreements taking place at the congress in Bethlehem. The headliner had to be Farouk Kaddami’s statement on corruption within Fatah that Al Jazeera quoted:

“Have you ever heard in history about revolutionary leaders who possess, along with their sons, millions of dollars and sterling pounds?” he asked in the statement released to media organisations.

Kaddoumi also criticised the Palestinian leadership for travelling in private jets and accused them of collecting taxes “for their own pocket”.

You have to give Kaddoumi credit for one-upping the furore he sparked last month by alleging that Mahmoud Abbas had plotted to kill Yasser Arafat.  The man knows how to create a headline..but not more so than AFP, which is taking on from where AP left off:


Notice how the headline and the opening sentences say two different things altogether? Its not a trick of light, ladies and gentlemen. The voting is supposed to take place on Friday morning – yet this blogger has been distracted from refreshing Twitter for the millionth time – by the headline, which states that the governing body has been renewed. In any case, the usual suspects are up for election so don’t keep your fingers and toes crossed for some major change on the Fatah front. Will at KABOBfest might be staying tuned though – he’s planning to shave his head if Fatah reforms, its that unlikely.


Written by Saba Imtiaz

August 7, 2009 at 4:13 am

Posted in Palestine

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