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PFLP chief, in message from prison, chides PA for jailing fighters

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

The imprisoned Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Sa’dat, leveled criticism at the Palestinian Authority on Thursday for jailing members of armed resistance groups.

“It is impossible to demand freeing the detainees [from Israeli prisons] while the Palestinian prisons are full of prisoners jailed for resistance background or internal disputes,” he said in a message smuggled from his cell in Israel’s Ashkelon prison.

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Fatah wins student council elections at Birzeit, Hebron universities

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Education, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009


The Student Council elections held Wednesday at the West Bank University of Birzeit indicated a drop in Fatah power: The movement won 24 seats, as opposed to 22 seats won by Hamas.

Though winning the elections, Fatah still lost one seat to Hamas since the previous elections. Palestinian sources said the results were indicative of Hamas’ success in the West Bank, despite the recent arrests of its senior members.


Results were as follows:

The Shabibeh Students Bloc (Fatah) 24
Islamic Wafa’ Students Bloc (Hamas) 22
Leftist Bloc (PFLP) 4
Palestinian People’s Party 1
Islamic Jihad – withdrew

Several other parties competed in the elections but failed to gain seats.

At Hebron Polytechnic University the Fatah-affiliated Shabibeh Students Bloc won the student council elections after winning 26 out of 31 seats.

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“I’ll be voting for Fatah because my family supports them, and they also have a good political programme for students,” said Ranim Omari, a second-year Psychology student. “Ultimately, both Fatah and Hamas are Palestinian movements and we should be supporting more unity.”

Two first-year female students aged 18 – one of them wearing the Kufiya, a symbol of Palestinian resistance that is increasingly becoming synonymous with Fatah and the PLO – expressed their confusion, although they said they will be voting Hamas.

“I don’t understand anything. I’m only wearing this because it’s fashionable, I like it, but I think I’ll vote for Hamas because they are leading the resistance,” she said.

PFLP proposes a government with no political agenda

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009

Al Ghoul stated during the Thursday morning meeting in Gaza City that the PFLP presented its suggestion of a transitional government that has specific tasks topped by uniting the Palestinian institutions, rebuilding Gaza, and preparing for new legislative and presidential elections.

The PFLP demanded Fateh and Hamas to stop the political arrests in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and to stop all violations to public freedom.

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Israel sentences PFLP leader to life for planning suicide attack

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

Saed Abu Hnish, 29, was accused of planning a suicide attack at an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank that killed an Israeli woman and three of her children in 2002.

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