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Hamas declares the PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas, an illegitimate leader

The deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council echoes what many of the Palestinians have contended for years, that the PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas stole the leadership, noting his constitutional term in office ended 9 years ago.

By Dalit Halevi

 

Ahmad Bahar, the deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and one of the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization, on Wednesday accused Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas of an improper takeover of power and said he had lost the legal validity to his status as leader.

Ahmad Bahar gives address in Gaza, calling for the total liberation of “Palestine.” – Photo: The Israel Project

“Abbas’s term in office ended in 2009 and therefore he has lost the legal and constitutional basis and is considered to be stealing power which is illegal and unconstitutional,” said Bahar in an interview with the Hamas-affiliated Felesteen newspaper. Continue Reading »

Report: Hamas commits to ending Judea & Samaria terror attacks

Arab media reports Hamas commitment, made as part of its reconciliation agreement with Fatah, is to end West Bank terrorist attacks.
– In exchange, Fatah & Hamas will coordinate future peace agreements with, and war efforts against, Israel.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsatreported this morning, Sunday, that the Hamas terror group has committed not to conduct terror activity in Judea and Samaria, within the context of a reconciliation deal with Fatah, according to NRG.

The deal, signed by the two factions in Egypt on Thursday stipulates that Hamas is to end its terror activity against Jews in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Authority autocrat Mahmoud Abbas demands Hamas surrenders all weapons

In the decade since Hamas expelled the PA from Gaza in a violent political coup, all previous reconciliation attempts between Abbas’s Fatah party and Hamas failed to reach an agreement over Hamas’ position to remain armed and independent, like ‘Hezbollah in Lebanon.’

By ADAM RASGON

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said he would not accept a scenario in the Gaza Strip, in which Hamas’s armed wing would be able to hold onto its weapons.

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – Photo: Wikimedia

Abbas’s comments came several hours after PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas Politburo Chairman Ismail Haniyeh met in Gaza in a bid to start work on ending the decade-long territorial division between the West Bank and Gaza. Continue Reading »

Responding to Hamas’ growing woes, Fatah leader Abbas, tightens the screws

Palestinian Authority autocrat Mahmoud Abbas feels Gazans are quickly reaching the point when their despair will outweigh their fear of Hamas reprisals, so Abbas is determined to exploit this window of opportunity by turning up the heat, making the Gazan’s lives even more miserable.

By Ariel Schmidberg and Ram Liran

 

While Hamas celebrated Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, which it hoped would spark a destabilizing religious war in the region, underneath the surface the terrorist organization’s situation is far from joyous.

Thousands of Gazans in Jabalya marched toward the Hamas-owned electricity company in protest of repeated power outages.

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Hamas angry: Egyptian fuel to Gaza halted for lack of payment by rival Fatah

In the never ending feud between Hamas & Fatah, now, a deal arranged with Egypt for fuel deliveries to Gaza appears short-lived as banks complain Abbas’ run Fatah reneged on payments, leaving two million Gaza residents with only 2 hours of electricity daily.

By i24NEWS – AFP

 

Power supplies haven taken a fresh hit in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with authorities Saturday accusing the rival Palestinian Authority of blocking fuel payments to Egypt from going through banks.

The electricity authority said two of the three generators at Gaza’s only power plant were offline because “the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah stopped all the financial transactions through Palestinian banks to Egypt to buy fuel.”

Gaza Power Plant – Gisha

“This led to the stopping of fuel [deliveries] two days ago from Egypt.”

The electricity distribution company confirmed only one generator was operating, producing 23 megawatts of power — which added to other sources means Gaza currently has a total of 93 megawatts a day. Continue Reading »

To Israel’s trepidation Hamas set to win most West Bank cities in upcoming elections

 

With Hamas’ surprised announcement a fortnight ago to participate in West Bank elections, bringing in the same political/ideological policies as Gaza, Israel scrambles to prop up Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.

By Alex Fishman

 

While Israel’s leadership is busy exhausting itself arguing over Hamas’s tunnel digging in Gaza in 2014, they are missing—or perhaps ignoring—a major threat the terror organization is preparing in the West Bank. This political threat, which very well might pose obstacles to Israel’s operations in the West Bank, can’t be destroyed using technological measures.

Hamas is about to take over the municipal centers of power in the West Bank in a legal and democratic way in several weeks time as part of its plan to take over the entire Palestinian Authority—but we, as we always do, may have missed the train yet again. Continue Reading »

Hamas exposes ‘Arafat the coward’ for running away during 1968 battle with IDF

 

Despite Egypt’s al-Sisi’s talks to unify Palestinian factions, Hamas makes things difficult by exposing Fatah founder’s cowardly history of abandoning the fedayeen in a 1968 battle in Jordan with the IDF.

By Dalit Halevi

 

Senior Hamas politburo official Mahmoud al-Zahar reignited the war of words between his terrorist organization and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, which have long been bitter rivals.

Hamas and Fatah have remained violently divided despite the unity deal sealed by Abbas in April 2014 when he torpedoed the US-led peace talks.

In recent days – even as Egypt is leading talks in Cairo to try and unify the Palestinian factions – al-Zahar upped the ante on Hamas-Fatah tensions by slamming Fatah founder and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat for being a “coward” and fleeing a battle with Israel, before later bragging about the battle. Continue Reading »

Hamas demands Abbas’ abdication, accuses him of preventing Palestinian unity

Senior Hamas official in Gaza accuses PA President Abbas, who’s presidency officially ended in January 2009, of ‘hijacking’ Fatah and acting like a dictator.

By i24news

 

A senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip on Sunday called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to step down from his position because he poses a threat to Palestinians achieving national unity.

Bitter rivals: Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh (R)

Salah Bardaweel accused Abbas of acting like a dictator “who lives in a state of personal intransigence and total refusal to share powers,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

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Arab League: ‘Hamas-Fatah belligerency hinders efforts to rebuild Gaza’

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elarabi said on Sunday that the mistrust and animosity  between Fatah & Hamas was dampening efforts at rehabilitating Gaza.

 

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elarabi said on Sunday that the dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority was hindering efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip.

Members of a Palestinian family warm themselves by a fire at the remains of their house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling. – Photo: REUTERS

Elarabi told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper that the Arab League was holding consultations with donor countries to find a way to help the residents of the Gaza Strip in light of the ongoing power struggle between the two Palestinian parties. Continue Reading »

What ‘Unity’? Fistfights between Hamas & PA in Gaza

Following Hamas’ ‘thugs’ attacking Fatah members over salaries from new unity gov’t, the PA threatens ‘consequences’ after the closure of banks in Gaza.

By Ari Yashar

 

The unity government founded between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and terrorist group Hamas on Monday is hitting early snags, as brawls broke out in Gaza on Thursday over the payment of employees of the two groups, leading to the closure of banks.

Hamas violently took control of Gaza in 2007, and began cracking down on Fatah officials living in the territory. Since then the PA has continued paying roughly 70,000 employees in Gaza.

Thousands of Hamas employees, who have not been paid for the last several weeks, lined up at bank ATMs in Gaza on Thursday, hoping to now withdraw their back-logged salaries thanks to the unity government, reports Reuters. Continue Reading »

Abbas’ PA Retaliates Leaving Gaza in the Dark Another Day

Only a 20% of required fuel was transferred to Gaza by the Palestinian Authority, after Hamas beat & arrested 13 pro-PA demonstrators in Gaza.

By Ari Yashar

 

Gaza’s lone power plant, shut off since Saturday due to a fuel shortage, will remain off until Monday according to the terror organization Hamas’s government. The responsible party for the extension appears to be the Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas’s rival.

The power station will restart on Monday at 6 a.m., Deputy Chief of the Gaza energy authority Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil told AFP.

Israel closed the Kerem Shalom Crossing last Thursday after terrorists in Gaza showered Israel with over 100 rockets starting last Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Hamas arrests 13 and attacked scores at Pro-Abbas demonstration in Gaza

 

Fatah-organized rally in Gaza was to show support for ongoing peace process. Fatah official says Hamas security arrived and attacked some 80 demonstrators, arresting 13.

By AFP

 

Thirteen people were arrested on Sunday as Gaza security forces broke up a demonstration backing Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas ahead of key talks at the White House, organizers said.

Hamas gunmen show off their weapons at rally in Gaza.Source: allvoices.com/

Hamas gunmen show off their weapons at rally in Gaza. Source: allvoices.com/

The rally was organized by Abbas’s Fatah party which is the dominant faction in the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, but a minority in the Gaza Strip which is ruled by the rival Islamist Hamas movement. Continue Reading »

Hamas & PA worried over Knesset proposal to ‘impose Israel’s sovereignty’ on Temple Mount

This week the Knesset is scheduled to discuss a proposal that places the Temple Mount under Israeli sovereignty.

Hamas official criticizes Abbas’ Fatah Minister for saying Jews would be allowed to pray at the  Western Wall under the future Palestinian state.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
 

 

The Palestinian Authority and Hamas warned Sunday of Israeli “plans” to impose Israeli sovereignty on the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site for well over 3,000 years.

The Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site for well over 3,000 years.

PA Minister for Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habbash said that there would be no sovereignty over the Aqsa Mosque and Islamic and Christian holy sites other than Palestinian sovereignty. Continue Reading »

Hamas: Abbas’ PA has no authority to invite NATO forces to West Bank

 

Hamas leaders calls on Fatah chief Abbas to end peace talks with Israel: ‘No one has authorized him to speak for the Palestinian people.’

Elior Levy

 

Hamas has vowed to treat the deployment of any international force in Palestinian territory under the auspices of a peace accord with Israel as an occupying force, the organization’s spokesman said on Friday, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

The Palestinian Authority president, Fatah's Mahmoud Abbas (right) and the prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, of Hamas. - Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP

The Palestinian Authority president, Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas (right) and the Gaza prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, of Hamas. – Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP

Speaking at a rally in the Gaza Strip organized by Palestinian factions opposed to the talks with Israel, Sami Abu Zuhri said Hamas would work to “defeat this initiative.”

“No Arab country will agree to the desecration of one centimeter of its lands,” he said. Continue Reading »

Hamas & Fatah argue over Arafat memorial ceremony

 

The 2 largest Palestinian factions fight over Arafat’s legacy, as Hamas refuses Fatah members at Gaza memorial ceremony. 

By AFP

Palestinian movement Fatah has accused Gaza’s rulers Hamas of banning it from commemorating Monday’s ninth anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death and arresting several of its members.

Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat, not yet dead

“We condemn the summoning and arrest of some of our members and demand to stop them immediately,” said the Ramallah-based Fatah party, which was founded by Arafat and is now headed by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas .

Arafat died in Paris on November 11, 2004 at 75 after falling sick a month earlier. Continue Reading »