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Hamas block on Israeli media

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

Hamas has issued a ban to prevent officials and Palestinian journalists from co-operating with Israeli media, according to various reports.

Hamas leaders based in Gaza will no longer be available for interviews with Israeli journalists following an order that was issued this week.

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Israeli-Arab teenager charged over Tel Aviv bus bomb

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

An Israeli-Arab teenager has been charged with planting the Tel Aviv bus bomb that wounded 15 people on November 21, during the recent Israel-Gaza conflict.

Eighteen-year-old Mohammed Mafarja, a Bir Zeit University student from Taibe, allegedly informed associates when the bomb was in place, before they detonated the device using a mobile phone.

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88% of Palestinians support violent struggle, a new poll reveals

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

The majority of Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank believe that armed struggle is the best method of achieving Palestinian independence, according to a new poll by the Arab World Research and Development centre in Ramallah.

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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.

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Fatah joins Hamas for relaunch of the ultimate mission: destroy Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, announced on Saturday in Gaza that the terrorist movement would continue its armed struggle against Israel, adding that Hamas was seeking to co-ordinate its actions with Fatah and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

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Abbas criticises Hamas leader for not recognising Israel

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmous Abbas has criticised Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal for saying that the terrorist organisation would never recognise the state of Israel, a Turkish newspaper has reported.

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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.

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Hamas minister plans to create a Palestinian Defence Ministry

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

A Hamas minister has announced that the party may create a Palestinian defence ministry in response to the Israel-Gaza situation.

The decision, announced during a ceremony to honour Palestinian officers on Wednesday, came in response to the latest outbreak in which more than 150 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.

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Open mouths but closed eyes

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 4, 2012

OK. I agree that the semi-hysterical revelries commissioned by Hamas once its cease-fire with Israel had been announced reflect a kind of madness. Much of the Hamas infrastructure is in ruins. A number of key Hamas operatives have succumbed to their wounds. Neither Iran nor Hizbollah came to Hamas's aid. Nor did its Egyptian godfathers of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Hamas arms network down but not yet out

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh denied over the weekend that the terror group would agree to stop smuggling arms and missiles to Gaza through the tunnels under Rafah. Israel is demanding an end to the smuggling in the ongoing talks in Cairo over the terms of the ceasefire agreement.

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