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Fatah: Hamas bans Abbas support festival in Gaza
Published Sunday 16/03/2014 (updated) 17/03/2014 09:52
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza Ministry of Interior has banned a Fatah festival in support of President Mahmoud Abbas, a Fatah official said Sunday.

Fatah Central Committee Member Amal Hamad said that Hamas' decision to ban the festival -- which was to take place in Gaza City's Square of the Unknown Soldier --- was damaging to the Palestinian cause.

Hamad said the ban weakened negotiations, which she said were a form of resistance.

"It is time for Hamas to side with the Palestinian people ... who defend their rights and hold on to their national principles," she said.

A spokeswoman for the Hamas movement did not answer calls seeking comment.

The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between the two Palestinian factions, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.
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1 ) Mel / USA
16/03/2014 19:10
Ask Gazan supporters of Mr.PA-Fiefdom Abbas,why they support him,when in Dec 2008,he knew in advance(like D.C.)that his Zionist pay-masters were going to attack Gaza in Operation Cast-Lead,& he DID NOTHING to warn 1.7 MILLION civilian Gazans about it!?Gazan's don't need to support a Zionist-proxy,whoever that factional proxy-of-the-day is.Gazan's need to SUPPORT PALESTINE as a CONTIGUOUS,united SELF-DETERMINED STATE! Israel is looking to dump Abbas anyway for another passive,occupation-stooge.

2 ) Wardah Abd Al Hadi / Oman
16/03/2014 23:58
Surely the best celebration in Gaza would be the lifting of the siege on Gaza &/or extended opening of the Rafah crossing. After that, a celebration of unity would be nice. Not really the time for a Fatah celebration of Abbas in Gaza, given recent events such as 'Breaking the Silence' have just ended & Gaza has been without fuel. The celebration seems a bit exclusive to the detriment of non Fatah members. When unity & peace come, celebrate together. Until then, just remain patient & steadfast.

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
17/03/2014 01:31
Mel....Israel warned gazans by phone and by leaflets..radio..tv...you really are right about the Arabs...there is zero chance of an agreement...even if Israel gave them everything they want...the Arabs would rather hold on and hope that the monstrous population advantage and the weakening of Israel's resolve over the next two or three generations will give them a shot at winning that one war...that's all they would need..it's too bad you won't be around to root them in
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