Fatah, Hamas Agree to Unite over Gaza Crisis
[An Nahar] Rival Paleostinian factions Fatah and Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, said on Monday they have decided to end infighting in a show of solidarity in the West Bank over the Gazoo crisis, an AFP news hound said.
"From here, we announce with other (factional) leaders, that we are ending the division," senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told a crowd of about 1,000 who gathered for a demonstration in Ramallah, the West Bank's political capital.
Among those present at the rally were top members of Hamas's leadership in the West Bank as well as bigwigs from its smaller rival Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, the AFP correspondent said.
Ramallah's Manara Square was a sea of Paleostinian flags as the crowd chanted "Unity!" and "Hit, hit Tel Aviv" in an appeal to Hamas cut-throats who have fired at least five rockets at the coastal city since Thursday.
"Whoever speaks about the division after today is a criminal," top Hamas leader Mahmud al-Ramahi told the crowd.
Fatah and Hamas, the two main Paleostinian national factions, have been locked in a bitter dispute for years.
But the ongoing bloodshed in the Hamas-run Gazoo Strip, where Israel was on Monday pressing a sixth day of a major aerial campaign which has so far killed 91 Paleostinians, appears to have prompted a rethink of traditional rivalries.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-20