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Transitional justice in Palestine

When: Wednesday, 28 August 2019 - Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
Chalsty Seminar Room, School of Law
Start time:13:15


Professor Mia Swart, Visiting Professor, School of Law will present this talk.

The talk will focus on the political division between Fatah and Hamas as the principle obstacle to intra-Palestinian reconciliation. The lack of trust between the two factions is rooted in the 2007 division, or fitna. This separation occurred when Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip after a period of violent clashes between Hamas and Fatah security forces. In the decade since the 2007 division, Fatah and Hamas have signed several reconciliation agreements, but the will to carry out the agreements often withered before the ink was dry. Despite several meaningful attempts, calls for reconciliation on both sides have mostly been rhetorical. Deep mistrust has caused each attempt at reconciliation to falter, and tensions between the two key Palestinian political parties continue to this day.


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