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New Islamic party seeks the center / It’s first Palestinian political group to advocate a peaceful, negotiated settlement

2007-03-21 04:00:00 PDT Ramallah, West Bank — A new Palestinian movement being launched today is aimed at the moderate middle of Muslim politics.

Wasatia — Arabic for “moderation” — is the first Islamic religious party to advocate a peaceful, negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a tolerant, democratic society at home.

The new party is the brainchild of political science Professor Mohammed Dajani, director of the American Studies Institute at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem.

Dajani hopes to build Wasatia into a movement with a social and political wing that will eventually compete with Hamas for the votes of what he calls.

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