Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:20 PM
oberliner (29,500 posts)
Fatah’s rally in Gaza hints at effort toward unity with Hamas
JERUSALEM — The Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a mass rally in Gaza on Friday to mark the 48th anniversary of its founding, the first such gathering permitted by the rival Islamist Hamas group since it seized control of the territory in a brief civil war in 2007.
The rally was another sign of thawing relations between the factions since November, when Israel launched a military offensive to halt rocket fire from Gaza and Abbas won limited recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.
Hamas has enjoyed a surge of popularity among Palestinians after firing rockets deep into Israel during the recent conflict, and Fatah has been buoyed by the U.N. statehood vote, spurring renewed moves to carry out a stalled reconciliation accord signed by the factions in 2011.
Hamas granted permission for the Fatah rally in Gaza after it was allowed to hold two anniversary rallies last month in the West Bank, parts of which are controlled by the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority. Since their split five years ago, each faction had banned public gatherings by its rival.
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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:29 PM
Purveyor (23,280 posts)
1. And the shiites are playing paddy-cake with the sunnis in Iraq. Be afraid of what ya'll wished for.
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