Hamas and Fatah head to Cairo for attempt at unity

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met the head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, in Cairo on Wednesday in yet another attempt to push through a Fatah-Hamas unity agreement.

The first unity deal between the rival Palestinian factions was signed nearly two years ago but so far no concrete steps have been taken towards genuine joint-leadership.


Hamas and Fatah leaders due to meet in Egypt

By Anna Sheinman, January 9, 2013

Palestinian Authority President and leader of Fatah Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal will meet in Egypt for reconciliation talks on Wednesday, according to reports in the Egyptian press.


Fatah stages rally in Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

Fatah today staged its first Gaza rally in five years to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Palestinian Authority party.

Thousands of people were seen waving yellow flags in solidarity with the party.


Hamas holds rallies in West Bank

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Terrorist organisation Hamas has held its first rally in the West Bank in five years.

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Nablus in the north of the territory on Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas.


Israel missing from Fatah logo’s map

By Sarah Pilchick, December 13, 2012

Fatah’s new logo has essentially erased Israel from the map.

The image, created in honour of the party’s 48th anniversary, was launched on Monday in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and shows a Palestinian keffiyeh covering the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.


Mashaal visit to Gaza welcomed by Hamas and Fatah

By Orlando Radice, December 7, 2012

Hamas political chief, Khaled Mashaal, will visit the Gaza Strip for the first time today.

The exiled leader will join visiting Fatah chiefs to celebrate Hamas’s 25th anniversary and what is seen in Gaza as a victory for the Islamist movement in its recent conflict with Israel.


Welcome to Porto Alegre, tropical hub for the global BDS movement

By Shimon Samuels and Sergio Widder, December 6, 2012

V The World Social Forum (WSF), founded in Porto Alegre in 2001 as the anti-globalisation campaigner’s answer to the capitalist Davos World Economic Forum, originally gave a voice to the world’s marginalised and downtrodden — indigenous peoples, trafficked women and children, disaster victims.


Fatah founder taken out by IDF commando in cross-dress

By Ben Hartman, November 8, 2012

Twelve years after he died, the words of a fabled IDF commando confirmed what few in the Middle East ever doubted: Israel carried out the hit on arch-terrorist and Fatah founder Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir — aka Abu Jihad — at his Tunis villa in April 1988.


Emir of Qatar to visit Gaza

By Sahar Zivan, October 22, 2012

The Emir of Qatar is set to become the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since the Hamas takeover tomorrow, when he arrives to inaugurate reconstruction projects in the area. The projects, reported to be worth more than $250 million, aim to help reconstruction efforts in Gaza.


Blow to Abbas in West Bank elections

By Anna Sheinman, October 22, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas suffered a blow after Fatah party candidates fared poorly in local elections in the West Bank on Saturday.