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It is our fundamental right to choose our leadership

"We are committted to our fundamental rights of resisting the occupation by all means, including armed resistance by granting the right of return for all Palestinian refugees and not recognize the occupation of our land."

02 Maret 2021 15:05

Hamas started their internal elections to choose members of three bodies: the Shura Council, the Political Bureau, and the Central Executive Committee in mid February. This is a regular election every four year held by Hamas.

That's why Basim Naim, member of Hamas's Bureau for International Relations denied this internal elections as part of Hamas preparation to participate in the Palestinian general elections will be held in May, July, and August 2021. He also emphasize that Hamas is committed to participate in three Palestinian general elections.

"To participate in the elections, this is our fundamental right in Hamas, Islamic jJihad, and any Palestinian movement. To run peaceful, fair, and transparent elections, this our right," said Basim Naim in an exclusive interview with Faisal Assegaf from Albalad.co via WhatsApp last week. "Why we should wait for the Americans and the Israelis to decide for us what kind of leadership and how we are choosing our leadership."

Therefore, Basim insisted that the Americans and the Israelis have no right to reject any result of the elections though Hamas will gain the victory again.

Excerpts:

When did this internal election of Hamas start?

Internal elections of Hamas started mid February in Gaza and at the same time it will start in the West Bank and in diaspora might take some weeks until the process ended. Finally, maybe in the beginning of May we will have final results and the new leadership at the political level, Shura level, and ministerial level.

How does the process of this election run?

Usually we have four regions or three plus one: Gaza Strip, West bank, diaspora (Palestinians living outsied Palestine), and prisoners in Israeli jails. Each region chooses their leadership at the three levels: Shura Council, political leadership, and excutive body. These three bodies choosing from them, defined numbers, for the higher bodies: the Politbiro, the higher Shura Council, and Executive Committe.

Why did Hamas hold thi internal electon befre Palestinians elections?

We have regular elections every four year nad has nothing to do with the Palestinian general elections. Therefore, we are running our election at proper time.

When we can know the result of internal elections of Hamas?

Beginning of May we will have finally the results of elections in Gaza, West bank, diaspora, prisoners in Israeli jails. We will also have head of the political bureau head of the Shura Council, nad head of the Executive Committe.

Will the result give a good impact for Hamas in upcoming Palestinian elections?

I dont know heter the results of Hamas's internal elections will give great impacts on Palestinian general elections because the decision of Hamas on Palestinian general elections are the decision of all institutions of Hamas at all levels and their leadership in Gaza, West bank, and diaspora.

This is not connected to a person or ne leader. Therefore, even there is any kind f change in Hamas, we will committed to Palestinians general elections process and now already preparing for participation in general elections.

Musa Abu Marzuq said Hamas will not run for presidential election. Is it confirmed?

Maybe this is one of the options what Dr. Musa Abu Marzuq said about presidential election. But all possibilities are on the table. We are not now panning to nominate someone frm the movement (Hamas) but we might support someone who is not member of the movement but he is accepting political programs or political visions of the movement.

Therefre, we might participating in presidential election but not directly nominating someone on behalf of the movement but maybe we are supporting someone.

Is it also confirmed Khalid Mishaal will become the head of Hamas' Politbiro?

No one can say who is becomeing the head of politiccal bureau in Hamas now. All possibilities are open. The only thing which is decisive here is the electin syaytem. Anyone who is for two periods in post, he is not allowed to run for the same post again.Therefore, there are a lot of options for the head of political bureau.

Does Hamas still believe Palestinians elections can be held as scheduled?

Still we believe that it might happen and must happen. We are working hard here to prepare ourselves for the electins. But still we have a lot of challenges, a lot of obstacles which might handle the elections. It is not only decision of Palestinians. There are a lot of internal and external interventions to handle the elections.

Learning from experience in January 2006 election, the US and Israel did not recognize Hamas victory. Why did Hamas decide to participate in the elections this time?

I think Hamas have done along this fifteen years to come with other Palestinian factions and common political grounds which can be accepted by international level if the international level really looking for a solution for this conflict with Israelis.

But at the same time, we are committted to our fundamental rights of resisting the occupation by all means, including armed resistance by granting the right of return for all Palestinian refugees and not recognize the occupation of our land. Therefore, we are running this election, we are participating in this elections regards this how they are looking to the results.

If they are repeating the same mistake, they will expect the same results. As we usually said using the same tools and expecting different results, it is a kind of madness.

What will Hamas do if the same experince in 2006 happen again?

To participate in the elections, this is our fundamental right in Hamas, Islamic jJihad, and any Palestinian movement. To run peaceful, fair, and transparent elections, this our right. And to pass over power peacefully between different Palestinian factions, this is our right.

Why we should wait for the Americans and the Israelis to decide for us what kind of leadership and how we are choosing our leadership. This our pure Palestinians decision. They have tried in 2006 when they have rejected the results of election. They have imposed a boycott on the Palesnian people generally and on Hamas in particular.

They have launched three wars against Gaza and Hamas and they have failed. Therefore, they can try again, they will fail because this is the fundamental right of the Palestinian people to choose their leadership and how they choose their leadership.

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