The Palestinian Fatah movement has elected an Israeli Jew to one of its governing bodies, a first for the secular nationalist movement. Uri Davis is a sociology professor and writer, with Israeli and British passports, who first joined Fatah in 1984. He said: “I’m Palestinian but not an Arab, but in terms of my patriotic and national identity, as well as in terms of the technicality of my birth, I am definitely as Palestinian as anyone else.”
Davis stands for a secular democratic state in all of historic Palestine. The official voting results were released after a 10-day party congress in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. There are 80 elected seats in the Revolutionary Council of the Fatah movement now led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.