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Fatah calls to ‘defend Jerusalem… confront the march of the extremist settlers’

Fatah calls its members to mobilize to confront a planned Jewish nationalist march through Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday.

The Palestinian political party tells its cadres “to stand together effectively, to defend Jerusalem and the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and to confront the march of the extremist settlers.”

Fatah has suffered criticism in Palestinian domestic circles in recent weeks. Its leadership, including PA President Mahmoud Abbas, have been attacked as ineffectual in opposing Israeli policies in Jerusalem, which Palestinians hope to see as the capital of their future state.

Its main rival Hamas, meanwhile, has seen a boost in popularity following the recent mini-war between the terror group and Israel. Hamas claimed the thousands of rockets it fired at Israeli cities and towns were a response to Israeli actions in Jerusalem, especially on the Temple Mount holy site.

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