Legacy of Hamas-Fatah Killings Complicates Unity – Fares Akram and Jodi Rudoren
(dailyalert.org, May 20, 2014)
In 2007, fighting between Fatah and Hamas left 260 Fatah activists and 176 from Hamas dead. After Palestinian leaders signed a pact on April 23 to repair the Fatah-Hamas rift, a committee is now charged with persuading their families to accept compensation rather than pursue the death penalty as outlined in Islamic law.
After the reconciliation, it remains unclear what will become of the 40,000 employees of the Hamas government – and the 70,000 former PA workers in Gaza who for seven years have collected paychecks but sat idle. It is hard to imagine international donors continuing to pay two people for each job. (New York Times)