Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Amidst carnage, "Holy War leader" calls for "inter-Palestinian dialogue"

China View

Trying to pull taqiyya on seasoned veterans of taqiyya. Regardless, Hamas and Fatah -- one nationality, one language, one religion (the one that "counts," anyway) -- continue persecuting and killing each other, all for the whole world to see, while, of course, accusing Israel of being the real oppressive force. "Islamic Jihad: inter-Palestinian dialogue only way to end tension," from China View, July 29: GAZA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- An Islamic Jihad (Holy War) leader based in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday said inter-Palestinian dialogue was the only way to end recent tension between Hamas and Fatah.

"Holding a national dialogue in the current circumstances should be the only response to all parties that want to play with the Palestinian situation to return it to the zero point," said Khaled al-Batsh.

He welcomed a reconciliation call last month by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for launching dialogue with Hamas, adding that the call was "a step in the right direction."

Following a mysterious blast in Gaza late Friday, rival Fatah and Hamas began a verbal war and arrest campaign against each other in its own domain.

Hamas blamed Fatah movement behind the blast along the beach ofthe Gaza City which killed five Hamas members and a girl, but Fatah denied any involvement.

Hamas launched a crackdown against Abbas' Fatah supporters and organizations in Gaza, arresting up to 200 people and closing dozens of Fatah organizations, including a number of charities and associations not affiliated with Fatah.

In response, pro-Abbas forces increased detentions among Hamas members in the Fatah-controlled West Bank.

Hamas has been ruling the Gaza Strip since June last year when it routed Abbas' security forces following a week-long infighting with rival Fatah movement.

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