Hamas allows Fatah to celebrate anniversary in Gaza

Decision taken in context of efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation, according to Hamas Interior Ministry official.

December 15, 2012 18:52
1 minute read.
Rally marking Fatah's 47th anniversary in Nablus

Rally marking Fatah's 47th anniversary in Nablus 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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

The Hamas government announced Saturday that it has given Fatah permission to hold rallies in the Gaza Strip marking its 48th anniversary.

The Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry has accepted a Fatah request to hold the celebrations, a senior Hamas official said. The official said the decision was made in the context of efforts to achieve reconciliation between the two groups.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The Hamas government had banned Fatah celebrations in Gaza since the Islamist movement seized control over the Strip in 2007.

Last week, the Palestinian Authority permitted Hamas to celebrate its 25th anniversary in Nablus, Hebron, Tulkarm and Ramallah in the West Bank, marking the first time Hamas held public rallies there since 2007.

On Saturday, Fatah leaders in the Gaza Strip met with top Hamas officials to seek permission to hold the celebrations later this month.

Yehya Rabah, a senior Fatah official, said that he had good reason to believe that the celebrations would take place for the first time since 2007.

“We have received permission in principle to hold the rallies,” Rabah said. “Now we are waiting for a final license.”

He said that Fatah has invited Hamas leaders and representatives in the Gaza Strip to attend the celebrations. Fatah leaders participated in last week’s Hamas celebrations in the West Bank.

Related Content

A general view shows the town of Khorog, Tajikistan
August 16, 2018
Young couple trying to prove human kindness killed by ISIS