By Lia Tarachansky, The Real News – 2 May 2011
Israelis on the Western side of the city and Palestinians on the Eastern side discuss the reconciliation plans between formerly rivaling Palestinian parties.
On April 28th, formerly rivaling Palestinian parties announced their intention to begin reconciliation and hold an election within one year. Hamas is in power in the Gaza strip and Fateh is the leading party in the Palestinian Authority, ruling the West Bank. Since 2006 the parties have fought each other, leading to hundreds of casualties and many failed attempts to reach reconciliation. In 2005 Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti managed to convince all party representatives to sign The Prisoner’s Document which laid out the plan for unity, however the document did not translate to unity on the ground. In recent months, youth in the occupied territories have been demanding the parties come together and reconcile. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke to Palestinians on the Eastern side of Jerusalem and Israelis on the Western side to get their reaction to the surprise announcement.