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Feb 11, 2013

Palestinians take a step towards unity, doubts remain

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank started registering on Monday to vote in a long-delayed election that is aimed at healing nearly six years of bitter rifts among rival factions.

However, with no date yet set for either the overdue legislative or presidential ballot and with the main political blocs still bickering over their reconciliation drive, the chances of lasting unity looked as elusive as ever.

Jan 31, 2013

Hamas plans more “enemy language” Hebrew in Gaza schools

GAZA (Reuters) – Islamist Hamas authorities plan to expand Hebrew-language classes in the Gaza Strip’s high schools to help Palestinians know their enemy in times of conflict with Israel.

Far from a sign that peace will soon break out, Hamas’s promotion of Hebrew learning in the Israeli-blockaded Mediterranean enclave aims to make linguistic skill a useful new front in the struggle against the Jewish state.

Jan 30, 2013

Hamas allows Gaza voter registration in step to heal Palestinian split

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian officials will begin registering voters in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip next month to pave the way for elections aimed at healing a nearly six-year split between Palestinian factions.

Hamas had barred the Palestinian Central Election Commission from Gaza, a territory it seized from the Fatah movement in a brief 2007 civil war, accusing the body of bias in favor of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority which rules the West Bank.

Jan 4, 2013

Abbas sees Palestinian unity as Fatah rallies in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas predicted the end of a five-year split between the two big Palestinian factions as his Fatah movement staged its first mass rally in Gaza with the blessing of Hamas Islamists who rule the enclave.

“Soon we will regain our unity,” Abbas, whose authority has been limited to the Israeli-occupied West Bank since the 2007 civil war between the two factions, said in a televised address to hundreds of thousands of followers marching in Gaza on Friday, with yellow Fatah flags instead of the green of Hamas.

Jan 4, 2013

Abbas’s Fatah holds first mass Gaza rally in years

GAZA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians joined a rare rally staged by President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah group in Gaza on Friday, as tensions ease with rival Hamas Islamists ruling the enclave since 2007.

A long hiatus in peace talks between Abbas’s administration and Israel has narrowed ideological differences between the two main Palestinian factions. Solidarity has deepened since Israel’s Gaza assault in November, in which Hamas, though battered, declared victory against the Jewish state.

Dec 30, 2012

Israel eases ban on building material for Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel eased its blockade of Gaza on Sunday, allowing a shipment of gravel for private construction into the Palestinian territory for the first time since Hamas seized control in 2007.

A Palestinian official with knowledge of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended eight days of fighting last month between Israel and Gaza militants said the move had been expected as part of the deal.

Dec 13, 2012

Truce brings extra gleam to Gaza marketplace

GAZA, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The horizon of the claustrophobic
Gaza Strip stretches further out to sea after a bloody eight-day
battle last month and its main market gleams with extra supplies
of locally-caught fish.

In a low-key move it has yet to acknowledge, Israel moved a
naval blockade it imposed in 2009 back to six miles (10 km) from
the Palestinian enclave’s coast from three on Nov 23, two days
after signing an Egypt-brokered truce with Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

Dec 12, 2012

Gaza perfume sales soar with rocket name

GAZA (Reuters) – Sales of a citrus-scented perfume marketed in Gaza have soared since it was named in honor of the rockets that Palestinians shot at Israel during a war last month, the manufacturer said.

“M-75″ perfume, which comes in men’s and women’s fragrances, is named for the missiles Hamas Islamist militants shot at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in an eight-day conflict that killed more than 170 Palestinians and six Israelis, ending with an Egyptian-brokered truce.

Dec 10, 2012

Hamas chief ends Gaza visit with Palestinian unity call

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal ended his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Monday with a pledge his Islamist movement would strive to heal political rifts with Palestinian rivals who hold sway in the occupied West Bank.

His comments reinforced promises he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the rival Fatah movement, made to each other in a telephone conversation a month ago, to forge ahead with a stalled unity deal opposed by Israel.

Dec 10, 2012

Hamas chief ends Gaza visit with call for Palestinian unity

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal ended his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Monday with a pledge his Islamist movement would strive to heal political rifts with Palestinian rivals who hold sway in the occupied West Bank.

His comments reinforced promises he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the rival Fatah movement, made to each other in a telephone conversation a month ago, to forge ahead with a stalled unity deal opposed by Israel.

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