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PA: Hamas prevents Palestinians from going on Hajj
Published Wednesday 02/10/2013 (updated) 03/10/2013 09:36
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs Mahmoud Habbash condemned the Hamas government of the Gaza Strip for refusing to allow 86 Palestinians to visit Saudi Arabia to undertake the Hajj pilgrimage.

The Hamas government reportedly harassed and confiscated the passports of 86 Palestinian pilgrims at the Rafah crossing into Egypt before turning them back.

Habbash described Hamas' actions as “oppressive" and against the principles of "religion, morals and humanity."

Egypt in recent days opened the Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip for limited periods to accommodate Muslim pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia. The move came amidst weeks during which the crossing was mostly closed following a military coup in Aug. 3 and crackdown on the Hamas-allied Muslim Brotherhood.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli military blockade since 2007, and the Rafah crossing into Egypt is one of the few ways in and out for the vast majority of Palestinians there.

Muslims consider the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime to be a fundamental tenet of their religion.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
02/10/2013 19:36
Yet another example of Hamas NOT serving the needs of Gaza's citizens.

2 ) Arnold / Canada
02/10/2013 21:05
Hamas hates the fact that the Rafah border is open and the smuggling tunnels are closing down. But why hassle their people who want to make this important religious trek ?

3 ) shirley / australia
02/10/2013 21:32
more lying desperate scum hate from the PA rest in peace soon assad will have to hold elections in SYRIA the same with malaki in iraq hanging those that resisted the US occupationwith US cheering and encouraging it

4 ) Kelly / Mexico
02/10/2013 22:12
Again why blame Hamas, just blame the Juice.
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