الاعتداء على مرافقي القيادي في ح ما س، محمود الزهار اثناء تقديم واجب العزاء لعائلة القيادي بهاء ابو العطا في حي الشجاعية، ورفض استقبال القيادي الزهار من القائمين على العزاء والهتاف ضده وضد ح م اس. pic.twitter.com/aVJ7WE3fEw— حراس الاقصى (@mPwEwi8iMvnueWw) November 15, 2019
The incident is a sign of mounting tensions between Hamas and PIJ after last week’s round of fighting with Israel. PIJ and Hamas officials have denied that relations between the two parties have been strained as a result of Hamas’s inaction. They accused Israel of seeking to drive a wedge between the two groups by “praising” Hamas for its failure to join the PIJ in the fighting with IsraelThe sources said that PIJ supporters threw stones at Zahar’s car when he arrived at the home of al-Ata’s family and chanted: “Hamas go away, go away!”Zahar’s bodyguards responded by firing into the air before whisking him away, the sources added. No one was hurt.Some PIJ members expressed outrage that Zahar and other Hamas leaders did not pay a condolence visit to the family of al-Ata in the first days after his death. Others said that Hamas’s position during the last round of violence was “shameful.”Following Friday’s incident, the family of al-Ata issued a public apology to Zahar. “We regret the unfortunate incident that took place against the leader, Mahmoud Zahar,” the family said in a statement.A PIJ delegation later visited Zahar at his home and apologized for the incident. “We apologize to our brother Mahmoud Zahar for what happened today,” said Khaled al-Batsh, a senior PIJ official who headed the delegation. “What happened is unacceptable and we affirm our strong relation with Hamas. We share the same future and enemy.”The father of Abu al-Ata was among the PIJ delegation that went to apologize to Zahar.