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Bethlehem governor condemns Israeli attempts to prevent pope from visiting Refugee Camp

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

Israel’s attempts to prevent Pope Benedict XVI from visiting Aida Refugee Camp during his visit to Bethlehem are proof the country wants to hide its “repressive practices against Palestinians” from the Holy Father, Governor of Bethlehem Salah At-Ta’mari said Friday.

Israeli troops stormed Aida camp Thursday night and raided a meeting of the preparatory committee for the Papal visit. Committee members were harassed and questioned then informed that because the camp is in Area C – i.e. under Israeli civil and military control – that organizers must get a special permit to hold celebrations for the pope.

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Abu Zuhri: “Hamas will not accept any government that does not receive PLC approval”

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009
Sami Abu Zuhri

Sami Abu Zuhri

In a statement to the Quds Press, Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesperson of Hamas, called on Fateh movement “to free itself from the US preconditions”.

“We are not the problem”, Abu Zuhri said, “The problem is in those who link the success of the talks with an American blessing”.

He also said that Ramallah government is illegitimate, and that any new government will not be legitimate unless it is presented and approved by the legislative council.

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