Sunday, September 2, 2007
"GAZA, (PIC)-- Journalists covering Fatah riot incidents in the Gaza Strip have reportedly received death threats over their cell phones preceded by abusive words two days ago by a group calling itself "Samih Al-Madhoun", so-called after the leader of the Fatah-affiliated mutiny trend who was killed during the last events of the Gaza Strip.
The sources added that the journalists filed a complaint with the concerned security authorities and legal institutions about the death threats, holding Fatah faction accountable for any harm or assault carried out on their families.
These threats come within a campaign being waged by Fatah faction against anyone disagreeing with it, where it attacked today Al-Jazeera satellite channel via its official website at the pretext that it montaged the riots and acts of vandalism caused by Fatah demonstrators following the Friday prayer.
For his part, Ehab Al-Ghussein, the spokesman for the PA interior ministry, affirmed in a statement to the Palestine newspaper, that the interior ministry affiliated with the caretaker government is considering issuing a decision banning political rallies which are intended for committing acts of sabotage, pointing out that the decision to impose financial penalty on perpetrators was issued by the public prosecutor.
Ghussein explained that the experience over the past three weeks, during which the interior ministry allowed Fatah cadres to stage political rallies in Gaza, proved that the goal of these gatherings is to riot, underlining that the ministry contacted Fatah leaders who gave promises to stop the riots, but these promises have not been implemented.
For its part, Hamas issued a statement in the West Bank accusing Fatah faction of exploiting Hamas's Islamic morals to carry out riots and acts of chaos in Gaza, while Fatah prevents Hamas by force from attending even funerals of those killed by Fatah gunmen and security apparatuses. Hamas defied Fatah to allow its cadres to go on peaceful rallies to express their viewpoints in the West Bank.
Hamas underscored that while the caretaker government allows the freedom of expression and demonstration in Gaza, the unconstitutional government in the West Bank practices all kinds of repression of freedoms and intellectual terrorism against Hamas cadres, who are arrested for even carrying banners.
In another serious development, Fatah-affiliated security apparatuses kidnapped 19 Palestinians in the cities of Qalqilia, Jenin, Ramallah, Nablus and Tulkarm at the pretext of being affiliated with Hamas including a soccer player, who was kidnapped during a match, and Rami Awad, the director of Nafha society for the defense of prisoners' and human rights, who was kidnapped for the third time.
In the Nablus city, Fatah gunmen also opened fire at the Huda library, next to the Jerusalem University, whose owner had already been kidnapped and imprisoned in the Junaid jail."