“A unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah is reached”, this piece of news caught almost everyone off guard. After four years of bitter political division between the two factions, they came to an agreement to form a national interim government and prepare for an election. The out of the blue deal is a step that is hoped that will end the political dichotomy and end the siege on Gaza.
Officials confirm that this initial deal comes as result of secretive talks. Moreover, with the new Egyptian mediation, Hamas and Fatah say that “all their differences” are solved. As much as this step is considered a breakthrough by many, Palestinians’ reactions range from skepticism to cautious optimism.
In a press briefing organized by the Institute for Middle East Understanding , this topic was discussed with Ali Abuminah, Fadi Quran, and I. The news is still fresh, the coming days will be revealing how serious and solid this newly signed agreement is.
You can listen to the discussion here.
In some other topic still related to Palestine, American hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco released the music video of “Words I Never Said”. The track is no typical mainstream hip-hop song. Fiasco exposes mainstream politics, media, and stereotypes. One of the reasons why I loved the song is that he criticizes the American policy towards Israel and its silence regarding the situation in Gaza. With its call to reconsider politics, and media, “Words I never said” is a remarkable song since the mainstream music industry became a tool of mass ignorance.
You can watch the video below .