The conference in Cairo, under the banner “Our youth — our partners,” was replete with images of Yasser Arafat and Abu Ali Shahin, the founder of “Shabiba,” Fatah’s youth movement. Mohammad Dahlan, Mahmoud Abbas’ political rival, presented his political worldview to attendees, which includes a combination of resistance, striving for a final-status agreement, and an open internal political culture, emphasizing that Palestinians must stand firm against Israel. Dahlan critiqued Abbas’ exclusion of younger Palestinians, while Samir Masharawi warned young Palestinians against the national problem, instead being led astray by day-to-day problems…
The partnership between the Egyptian leadership, Hamas, and Dahlan in organizing the conference is part of a larger effort to bring Egypt back to its position as leader of the Arab world, and the Palestinian issue to the center of the Arab agenda.
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PHOTO: Member of Hamas steps on the image of Mohammed Dahlan(b. 1961) in Gaza City on June 15th 2007, by Mahmud Hams for Getty Images.