Hamas http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28653/all en Hamas allows Gaza voter registration in step to heal Palestinian split http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/hamas-allows-gaza-voter-registration-step-heal-palestinian-spli <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Nidal al-Mughrabi</p> <p>GAZA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Palestinian officials will begin registering voters in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip next month to pave the way for elections aimed at healing a nearly six-year split between Palestinian factions.</p> <p>Hamas had barred the Palestinian Central Election Commission from Gaza, a territory it seized from the Fatah movement in a brief 2007 civil war, accusing the body of bias in favour of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority which rules the West Bank.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/hamas-allows-gaza-voter-registration-step-heal-palestinian-spli" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hamas Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories Western Asia Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:02:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741585 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ 25 Hamas members arrested in West Bank: Israel army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/urgent-25-hamas-members-arrested-west-bank-israel-army <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Israeli army said Monday it arrested 25 Hamas members during the night in the West Bank, among them three parliamentarians according to sources in the Islamist movement.</p> <p>The Israeli army did not provide details but sources in Hamas said those arrested included parliamentarians Hatem Kafisha and Mohammad Al-Tal in Hebron, and Ahmad Atoun in Ramallah.</p> <p>dms-jjm/jds/bpz</p> Anti-Zionism Hamas Islam Palestinian nationalism AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:46:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745103 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel arrests 23 Hamas men including three MPs in W.Bank http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/israel-arrests-23-hamas-men-including-three-mps-wbank <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Israel arrested 23 Hamas members in the occupied West Bank on Monday, some of them lawmakers, the Islamic group and the Israeli military said.</p> <p>Hamas said in a statement that the three Hamas lawmakers Ahmed Attoun, Hatem Qafisha and Mohammed al-Talhad had been detained in the early hours of the morning, as well as several local Hamas leaders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/israel-arrests-23-hamas-men-including-three-mps-wbank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Hamas Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories War Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:31:02 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745180 at http://www.globalpost.com Palestinians round up alleged Hamas members in W.Bank http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/palestinians-round-alleged-hamas-members-wbank <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Palestinian security forces arrested more than 25 members of the Islamic militant Hamas movement over the past 48 hours, a security official told AFP Thursday on condition of anonymity.</p> <p>He said that some of those arrested around the West Bank city of Ramallah were in possession of explosives.</p> <p>A Hamas source, however, told AFP that those arrested "were in possession of funds for distribution to prisoners but we are unaware of any possession of explosives or weapons."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/palestinians-round-alleged-hamas-members-wbank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hamas Israeli–Palestinian conflict Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories Social Issues AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:00:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749431 at http://www.globalpost.com Accord evades Fatah, Hamas in Palestinian unity bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/accord-evades-fatah-hamas-palestinian-unity-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo to seal a reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas were to hold a second round of talks on Saturday after the failure of initial efforts, delegates said.</p> <p>The talks are being held under the umbrella of the provisional governing body of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which is charged with bringing non-members Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the PLO.</p> <p>A round of discussions on Friday night lasted eight hours.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/accord-evades-fatah-hamas-palestinian-unity-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hamas Middle East Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 15:30:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751031 at http://www.globalpost.com Hamas launches own official news agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/hamas-launches-own-official-news-agency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza has set up its own news agency, called Al Rai (Opinion), the Palestinian territory's Hamas government announced on Monday.</p> <p>"The first official news agency of the (Hamas) government has been established under the name of Al-Rai agency...under the supervision of the government information office," the office's director Salameh Maaruf told AFP.</p> <p>"It will be an important source of information on government activities, news releases and letters from the (Gaza) prime minister," Ismail Haniya, he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/hamas-launches-own-official-news-agency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Hamas Middle East Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:45:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752902 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel arrests more Hamas members in West Bank: Palestinians http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/israel-arrests-more-hamas-members-west-bank-palestinians <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Israeli troops on Tuesday arrested eight members of the Islamic militant Hamas movement in early-morning raids in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.</p> <p>They said that soldiers detained Hamas activists in the city of Nablus and the town of Tulkarem, among them Rafat Nassif, a former Hamas spokesman.</p> <p>The military said only that it arrested five Palestinians in Tulkarem, without giving further details.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/israel-arrests-more-hamas-members-west-bank-palestinians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hamas Palestinian militant groups Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories Social Issues AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:15:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753384 at http://www.globalpost.com Hamas MPs in ground-breaking Bulgaria visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/hamas-mps-ground-breaking-bulgaria-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Hamas parliamentary delegation of three MPs arrived in Bulgaria on Wednesday in a groundbreaking visit to a European Union member state, a delegate told AFP.</p> <p>"We arrived today in Bulgaria on our first official visit and we will meet state officials, MPs from the ruling party and the opposition to discuss cooperation and explain the Palestinian cause," MP Ismail al-Ashkar said by phone from Sofia.</p> <p>The EU lists Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, as a terrorist organisation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/hamas-mps-ground-breaking-bulgaria-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Zionism Asia Bulgaria Hamas Palestinian nationalism War AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:48:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754745 at http://www.globalpost.com Hamas and Egypt closing Gaza tunnels: sources http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/hamas-and-egypt-closing-gaza-tunnels-sources <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Gaza's Hamas rulers have closed hundreds of tunnels running under the territory's border with Egypt due to health concerns over some smuggled items, an official said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"Less than 270 tunnels are operating now, down from around 1,200 tunnels in 2010," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.</p> <p>"Many of them were closed down because they were used to smuggle banned materials that harm citizens."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/hamas-and-egypt-closing-gaza-tunnels-sources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Environment Gaza Strip Hamas Health Israeli–Palestinian conflict Labor Palestinian territories Social Issues Weather AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:31:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754869 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED: Israel convicts Hamas members of 'terror membership' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/corrected-israel-convicts-hamas-members-terror-membership <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Israeli court on Thursday found two senior Hamas members who had taken refugee in Red Cross east Jerusalem offices guilty of "membership of a terror organisation" and staying in Israel without permits.</p> <p>Former Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs Khaled Abu Arafeh and Hamas MP Mohammed Totah had barricaded themselves in the International Committee of the Red Cross offices on July 1, 2010, but were arrested on January 23, 2012.</p> <p>The ICRC compound is in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/corrected-israel-convicts-hamas-members-terror-membership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fatah–Hamas conflict Hamas Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories Politics Social Issues War AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:30:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755556 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel convicts Hamas members of 'terror membership' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/israel-convicts-hamas-members-terror-membership <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Israeli court on Thursday found two senior Hamas members who had taken refugee in Red Cross east Jerusalem offices guilty of "membership of a terror organisation" and staying in Israel without permits.</p> <p>Former Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs Khaled Abu Arafeh and Hamas MP Mohammed Totah had barricaded themselves in the International Committee of the Red Cross offices on July 1, 2010, but were arrested on January 23, 2012.</p> <p>The ICRC compound is in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/israel-convicts-hamas-members-terror-membership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fatah–Hamas conflict Hamas Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories Politics Social Issues War AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:10:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755816 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria distances itself from Hamas delegation visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/bulgaria-distances-itself-hamas-delegation-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria on Thursday distanced itself from a Hamas parliamentary delegation's visit to the European Union member state, saying it would not meet with government officials.</p> <p>One of the three delegates said Wednesday the delegation had arrived in Bulgaria and would be meeting with state officials, ruling party lawmakers and the opposition "to discuss cooperation and explain the Palestinian cause."</p> <p>But Bulgaria's foreign ministry said in a statement that the delegation, invited by a non-governmental organisation, would not be meeting with government representatives.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/bulgaria-distances-itself-hamas-delegation-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fatah–Hamas conflict Hamas Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories War AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:04:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756044 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Bulgaris expels visiting Hamas delegation: organiser http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/urgent-bulgaris-expels-visiting-hamas-delegation-organiser <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria on Friday expelled a visiting delegation from the Palestinian group Hamas, the head of the organisation that invited the lawmakers to the EU-member state told AFP.</p> <p>Bulgarian security service agents "entered the hotel rooms of the three deputies early on Friday morning and drove them to the airport," said Mohd Abuasi of the Centre for Middle East Studies. He said they then left for Istanbul.</p> <p>The European Union considers Hamas a terror group.</p> <p>vs-pfe/yad/txw</p> Hamas Palestinian nationalism AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:00:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756503 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Bulgaria expels visiting Hamas delegation: organiser http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/urgent-bulgaria-expels-visiting-hamas-delegation-organiser <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria on Friday expelled a visiting delegation from the Palestinian group Hamas, the head of the organisation that invited the lawmakers to the EU-member state told AFP.</p> <p>Bulgarian security service agents "entered the hotel rooms of the three deputies early on Friday morning and drove them to the airport," said Mohd Abuasi of the Centre for Middle East Studies. He said they then left for Istanbul.</p> <p>The European Union considers Hamas a terror group.</p> <p>vs-pfe/yad/txw</p> Hamas Palestinian nationalism AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:31:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756513 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulgaria expels visiting Hamas delegation: organiser http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/bulgaria-expels-visiting-hamas-delegation-organiser <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bulgaria on Friday expelled a visiting delegation from the Palestinian group Hamas, the head of the organisation that invited the lawmakers to the EU-member state told AFP.</p> <p>Bulgarian security service agents "entered the hotel rooms of the three deputies early on Friday morning and drove them to the airport," said Mohd Abuasi of the Centre for Middle East Studies.</p> <p>"The agents explained to them that they had to leave because of strong political pressure on Bulgaria from Israel," he said, adding that they had departed for Istanbul.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/bulgaria-expels-visiting-hamas-delegation-organiser" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fatah–Hamas conflict Hamas Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories War AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:52:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756538 at http://www.globalpost.com