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Hamas on Sunday said it would not back a U.N. membership bid, and warned that no Palestinian leader had a mandate to sacrifice fundamental Palestinian rights. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, speaking in Gaza, said the group also continued to support the establishment of a Palestinian state on any part of “historical Palestine” but would not seek to disrupt the U.N. bid. His comments came as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas heads to New York to submit a formal bid for U.N. membership for a Palestinian state on the lines that existed before the 1967 Six Day War. Speaking to a meeting of the Palestinian legislative council, Haniya warned that Palestinian rights must be protected.
GAZA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Palestinians in the Gaza Strip can travel everywhere through Egypt starting from Tuesday, an official from Gaza's Hamas government said Sunday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Egypt informed Hamas that Rafah crossing point will be open in both directions, a few days after it has been open for people trapped in Egypt. An average of 300 Palestinians would be allowed to leave Gaza via Rafah everyday, the official added. Hamas authorities on the crossing started receiving applications from travelers to control the flow towards the border, especially as the crossing had been closed since the revolt started in Egypt in January.
" La direction palestinienne a décidé d'organiser des élections présidentielle et législatives avant septembre ", a déclaré à la presse Yasser Abed Rabbo, proche conseiller du président Mahmoud Abbas. Il a ajouté que l'Autorité palestinienne appelait " toutes les parties à mettre leurs divergences de côté ". Mais à Gaza, le Hamas, qui conteste la légitimité d'Abbas, a aussitôt rejeté cette annonce. " Le Hamas ne participera pas à ces élections. Nous ne leur apporterons pas de légitimité et nous ne reconnaîtrons pas leurs résultats ", a déclaré Faouzi Barhoum, porte-parole du mouvement islamiste qui contrôle la bande de Gaza après en avoir évincé les nationalistes du Fatah à l'été 2007.
Viewing cable 10LONDON19, S/NF) UK: NO ENGAGEMENT WITH ANY HAMAS ARM; DIFFICULT INTERPAL DYNAMICS Understanding cables Every cable message consists of three parts: The top box shows each cables unique reference number, when and by whom it originally was sent, and what its initial classification was. The middle box contains the header information that is associated with the cable. It includes information about the receiver(s) as well as a general subject.
Is Hamas softening its stance or not ?
Hamas pendant Plomb Durci
Hamas & the international aid
Who sponsors Hamas ?
Hamas in Gaza
What is Hamas? Hamas is the largest and most influential Palestinian militant movement that, along with the more moderate Fatah party, serves as one of the two primary Palestinian political factions. Founded in 1987 during the first Intifada, Hamas is a Sunni Islamist group and a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization violently opposed to the state of Israel. Hamas, an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawana al-Islamiya (Islamic Resistance Movement), has exercised de facto rule over the Gaza Strip since wresting the territory from its rival Fatah, which governs the West Bank, in 2007.
Over the past three years, the United States has uncovered just how systematically terrorist groups conceal their activities behind charitable, social, and political fronts. Investigators, faced with the threat posed by Al-Qa'ida and its many affiliates, have come to appreciate the crucial role played by charities, foundations, and individual donors, who funnel support to social service organizations. These same organizations effectively provide recruits, logistics, and cover for terrorists; part of the battle against terror has been an international effort to shut them down. Few experts are misled anymore by the fictitious entities put up by terrorist organizations.
by Matthew Levitt, winter 2004 by Jun 6
Hamas in Combat :The Military Performance of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement. by Yoram Cohen and Jeffrey White , october 2009 by Jun 6