Hamas advocates popular marches calling for national unity

15/03/2011 – 10:07 AM

GAZA, (PIC)– The Hamas Movement declared its support for the demands made by the Palestinian street which calls for initiating national dialog based on the protection of the Palestinian rights and constants, and leading to an end to the internal division.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri urged in a news conference on Monday the Palestinian masses to actively take part in the popular moves to end the division and the marches to be held on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Spokesman Abu Zuhri also called for only raising and waiving the Palestinian flag during the marches in order to promote unity among all Palestinian spectra.

The spokesman also demanded the Fatah-controlled Palestinian authority (PA) to stop its political arrests, which were intensified nowadays in an attempt to prevent Hamas supporters from organizing or participating in any march advocating the national unity.

In a related context, the Palestinian ministry of interior in Gaza said it is committed to the government’s instructions to protect the marches organized by young men.

Spokesman for the ministry Ihab Al-Gussein told a news conference on Monday that the Palestinian security apparatuses would work hard on protecting the noble goals of the Palestinian young men who want an end to the internal division.

For their part, the Palestinian factions affirmed following a meeting yesterday in Gaza its keenness on the success of the youth events that promote the national unity.

Senior Islamic Jihad leader Nafeth eAzzam said in a joint statement that all Palestinian factions and national forces support the popular moves aimed at ending the division and strengthening the internal front to confront the Israeli occupation.

In a separate incident, the Hamas Movement stated in a brief report that the PA security militias kidnapped in the first half of March 29 of its cards and supporters in the West bank, including 14 ex-detainees in Israeli jails.

Seven Palestinian citizens affiliated with Hamas also during the same period received different military imprisonment sentences issued by PA courts, while four women from the Movement and a number of university female students were summoned for interrogation by PA security apparatuses.

According to the report, the PA militias released three detainees from Hamas on bail amounted to 15, 000 Jordanian dinars from each one.

The Israeli occupation forces, for their part, during the reporting period kidnapped 27 others shortly after they were released from PA jails, while the PA militias detained a citizen called Mohamed Ashanti at Tarqumiya checkpoint upon his release from an Israeli prison, the Movement added.


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