[crisis] Fatah open to return of all dismissed members, except Dahlan

Middle East Monitor  /  July 7, 2021

The Palestinian Fatah movement is open to the return of all of its ex-members who were dismissed for whatever reason, except Mohammad Dahlan, Al-Quds al-Araby reported on Wednesday. The Palestinian MP now lives in the UAE and is involved with the regime in Abu Dhabi.

Dahlan was fired in 2011 when he was accused of corruption, disrespecting the movement’s principles and committing a “misdemeanor”. The offer to rejoin Fatah is open to those former members who subsequently joined Dahlan’s Reform Current.

The move follows discussions by Fatah’s Revolutionary Council which, according a source within the movement, opened the doors to former members. Al-Quds al-Araby pointed out that the UAE, which funds Dahlan, used him in its campaign against the Palestinian Authority, which is controlled by Fatah.

The London-based newspaper reported that many of the Fatah activists, who lost their income due to joining Dahlan’s Reform Current, had been paid retrospectively after pledging to leave him and rejoin Fatah.

Jihad Tameela, a Fatah MP known for his support of Dahlan, has recently appeared alongside a member of the Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki, in Ramallah. Activists commented on social media that this could be a sign of the return of one time Fatah activists to the movement.