January 29, 2006 |
Rimal is one of Gaza's better neighborhoods, though you wouldn't call it posh. Its broken roads, tattered storefronts, and graffiti-splashed walls are just a cut above the dreary standard here. On a street named Charles de Gaulle to honor a visit years ago by Jacques Chirac, elementary school math teacher Mahdi Brahim Kumssan, 43, lives with his wife, Mona, and their eight children, ages 4 to 17. A lifelong supporter of the Fatah movement, which helped put Palestinian nationalism on the map, Kumssan bolted his party in the recent parliamentary election to vote for its bitter rival, the Islamic resistance movement Hamas.
January 20, 2006 |
For many years this northern West Bank city was a reliable stronghold for Fatah, the political movement founded five decades ago that went on to monopolize Palestinian government. Now, with the first Palestinian parliamentary election since 1996 set for Wednesday, many here are itching to cast Fatah out. "Fatah is in my blood, but now I want a change," said Hosam Abdel Mu'ti, 35, a stall owner hawking cosmetics in the casbah. Like so many others in this city of 120,000, and across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Mu'ti is fed up with perceived corruption in the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.
December 21, 2006 |
Fatah, once the fiery Palestinian party of kaffiyeh-wearing Yasir Arafat and shadowy guerrilla fighters, today is limping around on a cane, suffering from tired blood. Routed at the polls, outmaneuvered on the streets, accused of chronic corruption and lacking a unifying agenda, Fatah is struggling today to stay relevant. Last Saturday, its leader, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, took a gamble to regain the party's momentum and to reverse its declining fortunes by calling for new elections.
May 4, 2011 |
CAIRO - Fifteen Palestinian factions, including extremist Islamic groups, endorsed a reconciliation deal Tuesday meant to end a four-year rift between the two major Palestinian political movements, Hamas and Fatah. The declaration paved the way for the two groups to sign the deal Wednesday, then form a unity caretaker government to prepare for national elections next year. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a last-minute appeal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to cancel the impending deal, which he called a "hard blow to the peace process.
January 14, 2007 |
Palestinian politics, which often play out against a backdrop of stuttering guns and wailing sirens, are not for the mild and retiring. Thus it was a vintage and electric moment last Sunday when Mohammed Dahlan, a leader of the long-awaited "next generation" of the Fatah movement, took the stage of a huge rally in a dilapidated soccer stadium here and waved away his bodyguards. To Fatah's archrival, he roared into the microphone, "Let Hamas shoot me. " The crowd standing raptly in a raw downpour erupted ecstatically at the taunt and afterward paraded the nattily dressed Dahlan on its adoring shoulders.
January 10, 1994 |
JERUSALEM PLO OFFICIALS STEP DOWN Three officials of the PLO's main Fatah faction in the occupied West Bank have resigned their committee posts in protest at the way the PLO is run, Palestinian sources said yesterday. Their resignations raised to at least 10 the number of local Fatah leaders to quit since the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel signed a peace accord last September.
February 12, 2007 |
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert signaled yesterday that the accord Hamas and Fatah have signed forming a Palestinian national unity government won't serve as a basis for further peace talks. The Palestinians must abide by international demands to recognize Israel, renounce violence, and accept past peace agreements with the Jewish state, Olmert said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting today. An agreement was signed Thursday between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and the Islamic militant Hamas group, which won January 2006 elections.
January 5, 2013
VP says Chavez needn't appear CARACAS, Venezuela - The vice president said Friday that President Hugo Chavez could be sworn in by the Supreme Court later on if he's not able to take the oath of office this week before lawmakers because of his struggle with cancer in Cuba. Vice President Nicolas Maduro made the comment in a televised interview on Friday night, dismissing the argument by some opposition leaders that new elections must be called if Chavez doesn't take office as scheduled on Thursday.
December 2, 2004 |
Jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti announced yesterday that he was running to succeed the late Yasir Arafat as president of the Palestinian Authority, and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's ruling coalition threatened to fall apart over a budget dispute. It was Barghouti's surprise announcement that most roiled the political waters. Barghouti, 45, is a leader of younger Palestinians who are looking to wrest control of the Fatah party from the "old guard" of leaders who returned from exile with Arafat a decade ago. Just last week, Barghouti had acceded to intense appeals for unity from Fatah leaders and bowed out of the race, declaring his support for Palestine Liberation Organization leader Mahmoud Abbas, 69, in the Jan. 9 election.
January 27, 2006
Palestinians deserve praise for holding an election Wednesday that observers called free, fair and well-run. The polling drew a historically high turnout to determine who would serve in parliament. The winner, though, was a shock - and it's hard to tell whether the electoral triumph of Hamas, a radical Islamic group that has called for Israel's destruction, can bring Palestinians any closer to the homeland they should have. Hamas, whose ugly specialty has been detonating suicide bombs in Israel, didn't just win. It won by a landslide, getting 76 out of 132 seats.