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Official: Hamas will decide where to stage Fatah festival in Gaza
Published Wednesday 19/12/2012 (updated) 21/12/2012 19:16
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas is considering a suitable location for a festival to celebrate Fatah's 48th anniversary, a senior Hamas official said Wednesday.

"Hamas encouraged the Gaza government to allow Fatah to have a complete festival in the Gaza Strip," Salah Bardawil told Ma'an.

The festival has been approved and the Gaza government will make sure the venue is spacious enough, he added.

The Hamas-led government is responsible for determining the location just as the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority allocated the locations for Hamas' recent anniversary celebrations in the West Bank, Bardawil said.

Gaza security services and the Ministry of Interior will maintain order during the Fatah festival, Bardawil said, adding that no one else could "claim responsibility for that."

Fatah officials have complained that Hamas refused their request to hold an anniversary celebration in Gaza City's al-Katiba square, where Hamas and Islamic Jihad rallies are held.

Hamas and Fatah representatives met earlier Wednesday to discuss arrangements for the festival, and a Fatah official in Gaza said that Hamas had only suggested covered venues rather than an open square for the event.

Fatah leader in Gaza Yahya Rabah said Wednesday that the top priority was to celebrate in Gaza, and the venue was less important.

Fatah will try and maintain the positive atmosphere around reconciliation, Rabah told Ma'an.

"We don't intend to send any negative gestures as we are trying to maintain the ongoing contact with Hamas both in the West Bank and abroad," he said, adding that festival arrangements would be announced later.
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1 ) Ziad / Germany
19/12/2012 20:33
Fuck Hamas and Israel!

2 ) Mahmoud Al-Masri / USA/North Carolina
19/12/2012 21:06
I agree in other words. Hamas and Israel have the same interests! Hamas is defenitly the most enemy of the palestinian people. This is a mafia and they have no honour and they only want to keep their bloody power in Gaza. They USE Islam to manipulate people and torture and kill every Palestinian who does not believe in their perverse philosofy. At the end of the day they will be punished. Fatah is the symbol of palestinian resistance and Hamas will never ever hamper it. Palestine for ever!

3 ) WAS / UK
20/12/2012 00:29
2) Have they let you out for the weekend? "Fatah is the symbol of palestinian resistance"!

4 ) Ashraf / USA
20/12/2012 04:35
1 & 2 - Please continue to spread your wisdom. What would we do without your reality checks of what's going on. I am sure all Palestinians thank you. And Nauru is the world's superpower... today is Monday... and the list goes on....

5 ) Moe / USA
20/12/2012 06:48
Mahmoud your statement is ridiculous... Hamas in Gaza has done more to the Palestinian people than Fatah ever did. In fact if elections were held today Hamas would win no problem. I'm not making that up. Even Israeli officials have said Hamas would win elections in the future by a landslide just like they won in 2006. So I don't no what the heck your talking about buddy. Maybe your mad because they Muslim brotherhood hahaha
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