Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hamas not keen on Fatah's Arafat commemorations

There are reports that Hamas gunmen were ripping down signs with Yasser Arafat's picture, and arresting those who were putting them up, in Gaza on Saturday.

Similarly, Hamas factions in Lebanese camps tried to stop Fatah celebrations of Arafat's death anniversary, and boycotted the events that Fatah did put together.

Meanwhile, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said that there has still not been a meeting scheduled between Haams and Fatah leaders, and said that even if the meetings take place no one should be optimistic that a breakthrough will come as a result. He said that Mahmoud Abbas still has not fulfilled the unity agreement from May and that Hamas will refuse any elections until that agreement is implemented. He also said that there is no way that Hamas would allow Salam Fayyad to remain prime minister.