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Palestinian diaspora needs unity deal

The Palestinian reconciliation deal could provide an opportunity for the divided Palestinian diaspora to heal rifts.
Demonstrators wave flags and hold up posters to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza, at a rally in Vienna January 5, 2009. The posters read "Freedom for Gaza - Freedom for Palestine".  REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader  (AUSTRIA) - RTR232I9

The PLO-Hamas reconciliation agreement signed in the Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on April 23 is forcing Palestinians everywhere to revisit their own divisions and start working together for the common Palestinian good.

For years, Palestinians living outside the occupied territories have been divided over many fronts. Not only was the PLO-Hamas split reflected in almost every diaspora community, but there has also been a generational split and a more intense ideological one.

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