Hamas hands over Arafat's Gaza home in goodwill gesture

The move comes just ahead of the 11-year anniversary of Arafat's death.

November 11, 2015 11:10
Yasser Arafat

Palestinian politicians gather at the house of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City on November 10, 2015. (photo credit: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Hamas on Tuesday returned the residence of late Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat back into the custody of the Palestinian Liberation organization in a goodwill gesture aimed at amending ties, according to AFP.

The move comes just ahead of the 11-year anniversary of Arafat's death.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

"Today our brothers in Hamas gave us the home of the symbol of the Palestinian people Yasser Arafat and we hope it will be a step towards ending the division" between the organizations, PLO senior offcial Zakaria al-Agha said in response to the news.

Hamas has been the sole representative power inside the Gaza Strip ever since 2007, when a short and bloody coup ousted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abass' Fatah party from the enclave, which dominates the PLO.

After years of exile, Arafat settled his family at the Gaza residence in 1994 under interim peace accords with Israel. Personal effects were also included in the move, including photographs and clothing.

"This is a milestone on the road to the unity of our people," AFP quoted senior Hamas official Ghazi Hammad of Tuesday's house handover.

Related Content

Soldiers gather around car crash site in Havat Gilad, 2018
August 17, 2018
Israeli woman killed in hit-and-run near Havat Gilad outpost