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Fifth Bil'in Conference: International Solidarity NETWORK

Eight political parties sent representatives to the Bil’in Conference. Each party rep was asked to comment on the efficacy of the nonviolent resistance and the role of political parties in this. All said that their party supported the nonviolent struggle and proposed that political parties help with legal support. There were demands that the two warring parties – Fatah and Hamas - work with due diligence at reconciliation and some suggested that perhaps a totally different political party is needed. There was acceptance of the right of self defense which is universally recognized in international law. National unity and innovation were seen as imperatives in ending the illegal and repressive occupation. This was a platform for good dialogue between political parties, but it still included the usual political exchanges.

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