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Hamas abuses the people of the Gaza Strip, arrested University of Palestine President

Official PA TV News


Official PA TV newsreader: “Armed people affiliated with the Hamas Movement in the Gaza Strip kidnapped University of Palestine President Prof. Salem Sabah, who has declared an unlimited hunger strike. Sources in the university conveyed that Hamas members arrested Sabah without basis on any legal procedures.”


Official PA TV reporter: “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine expressed its rage over how Hamas in the Gaza Strip took control over territory that was allocated 19 years ago by the land authority to the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine… The territory was allocated in 2003 to the association in order to build kindergartens for the children of the Martyrs and headquarters for the association. What actually happened is that after all the necessary official procedures were completed at the time, Hamas, after it took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 (see note below -Ed.), took control of the building and turned it into its military compound. Then in 2008 the occupation forces bombed it during their aggression against the Gaza Strip and completely destroyed it. Currently, armed forces affiliated with Hamas have invaded the territory, ceased it, and immediately begun to work on the ground to build stores there.”


Newsreader: “Fifteen years have passed since Hamas’ coup against the national legitimacy and it taking control over the Gaza Strip, which led to a deterioration of the economic situation, the laying off of approximately 57% of the work force, and an extreme rise in the unemployment rate.”


2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah won the 2005 Palestinian Authority Presidential election. However, Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with a majority of 74 out of 132 seats, to Fatah's 45 seats. Fatah's rule of the PA Presidency and Hamas' rule of the PA government led to friction and eventually armed conflict between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas defeated Fatah militarily in the Gaza Strip in 2007, and since then Hamas has ruled in Gaza while the PA continues to rule the PA areas in the West Bank under Fatah.

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