A Palestinian Authority cabinet minister in Ramallah on Wednesday issued a fatwa
(Islamic religious decree) obliging Palestinians to revolt against Hamas and end
its control over the Gaza Strip.
The fatwa, issued by PA Minister for
Wakf Affairs Mahmoud Habbash, is yet another sign of mounting tensions between
Fatah and Hamas in the wake of the crisis in Egypt.
Fatah, the ruling
faction of the PA, supports the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, while Hamas
has condemned it as a military coup against a legitimate and democratically
Writing on his Facebook account, Habbash said in his
fatwa that it was the duty of Muslims to end Hamas’s control over the Gaza
Habbash said that there were two ways of achieving this goal:
either by achieving reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, or by revolting
against the Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip.
It was the duty of
Muslims “to liberate Palestine and Jerusalem. This duty can’t be fulfilled
without achieving unity. Hence, it is a duty to unite,” the PA minister
explained in his fatwa.
“But unity can’t be achieved without ending the
split [between Hamas and Fatah]. Hence it is a duty to end the split. But ending the split can’t be achieved without ending Hamas’s
control over the Gaza Strip. Hence, it is a duty to end the Hamas control over
the Gaza Strip.
“Ending the Hamas control over the Gaza Strip can be done
only in two ways: reconciliation or a revolution against Hamas. Therefore, one
of these options is a duty,” he wrote.