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Time to Respect Palestinian Democratic Rights

July 1, 2012

Friday, January 27. 2006

Time to Respect Palestinian Democratic Rights

A new political era has dawned on the Middle East with this election victory for Hamas. It is time for the West to fulfil its obligations and accept the democratic choice of the Palestinian people and begin engaging with Hamas and the new Palestinian Authority, stated Ismail Patel, Chair of Friends of Al-Aqsa.

While Hamas image in the West is primarily scarred with violent opposition to the occupation of Palestinian lands, at the cost of Israeli lives; Hamas was founded as a social support network for a beleaguered population. Hamas victories for the Palestinian people is not confined to this election alone, as Hamas has been championing the cause for many years; providing social, medical and educational support which has been crucial in maintaining some form of normality in Palestinian life, added Ismail Patel.

There are a significant number of people around the world who accuse the West of using democracy as a cover to occupy and bombard Arab/Islamic countries. If we fail to recognize the legitimately elected party in Palestine, this will justify accusations levelled against the west.

FoA calls upon the British government to look at the pragmatism exhibited by Hamas over the years and assist it in the new challenges it will faces in forming a government.

Its decision to engage in the political forum is a move by the group to make permanent changes to the plight of Palestinians, revitalising the Palestinian political scene away from the corruption that has riddled it for many years. The challenge for Hamas is immense and if it fails to live up to its promises, the Palestinian people will be the first to renounce them, added Ismail Patel.

For further comments, or interviews, contact Ismail Patel on 07711 823524 or

Friends of Al Aqsa is a voluntary organisation concerned with the defence of
Al Aqsa Haram Sharif and the protection of Palestinian Human Rights.
P.O. Box 5127, Leicester. LE2 0WU. England.
Tel 077 11 823 524
Fax ++ 44 [116] 253 7575


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