Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Palestinian perspectives

Here are a couple of glimpses into the relationship between Hamas and Fatah, as well as Fatah and Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports that Hamas shaves off the mustaches of captured Fatah leaders in order to humiliate them. Hamas claims that Palestinian Authority officials shave off the beards of Hamas detainees for the same reason - in addition to torturing them.

Jihad Watch says that, in the latest fighting in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah, some 180 Fatah sympathizers sought refuge in Israel. Nothing like throwing yourself on the mercy of your arch-enemy! Palestinian President Abbas, who wants to maintain a Fatah presence in Gaza, asked Israeli President Olmert to send them back. Olmert complied; about 30 were returned and promptly detained by Hamas. Meanwhile, the wounded will remain in Israel for treatment.

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