Saturday, January 5, 2013

Huge fatah rally in Gaza

Tens of thousands of fatah supporters rallied in the hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they were routed from power there by the pislamist koranimals in 2007
The rally, approved by Gaza's hamas rulers, marks a renewed attempt by the rival falesimian factions to show unity following a hamas battle with Israel in November and Fatah's subsequent recognition bid at the United Nations. Several rounds of reconciliation talks over recent years centered on finding ways to share power have failed to yield results


Friday's rally also served as a reminder of the conflicts within fatah itself that continue to dog the movement: Officials cancelled the event halfway through after 20 people were injured due to overcrowding, and shoving matches erupted between separate fatah factions. Another fatah official, who spoke anonymously because he did not want to embarrass the party, said the rally was cancelled because hundreds of former Gaza security commander Mahound Dahlan supporters jumped up on the stage and clashed with Abbas supporters
Faleswine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also paid tribute to World War II era Hitler-supporting mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini as well as several known terror leaders responsible for the deaths of Israelis at the rally
There was one death during the rally: A 23-year-old fatah activist was electrocuted while trying to hang a flag on an electric pole
News reports here and here.