Egyptian protesters call for expulsion of Qatari ambassador

CAIRO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Pro-military Egyptians called for Qatar's ambassador to Egypt to be expelled Tuesday over alleged interference by the Persian Gulf state in Egypt's affairs.
85-year-old Palestinian man dies from tear gas

85-year-old Palestinian man dies from tear gas

KAFR QADDUM, West Bank, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An 85-year-old Palestinian man died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a rally, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.

PLO leaders want Hamas to sever Muslim Brotherhood ties

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Several Palestinian leaders Saturday called on Hamas to distance itself from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

Shin Bet nabs Palestinian sniper

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Palestinian from Gaza who received a permit to enter Israel for medical treatment and planned to shoot Israeli soldiers has been arrested, Shin Bet said.
Palestinians say U.S. favors Israel in peace negotiations

Palestinians say U.S. favors Israel in peace negotiations

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Senior Palestinian officials accused the Obama administration of favoring Israel in peace negotiations between Ramallah and Jerusalem, officials said.

After Hezbollah assassination, Lebanon stands at the abyss again

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Lebanon's pro-Hezbollah daily Al-Akhbar says the Shiite movement is mulling an attack on Israel which it blames for the assassination of one of its senior commanders Wednesday, the biggest single blow to the Iranian-backed group in six years.
Israel treats Hamas PM's granddaughter

Israel treats Hamas PM's granddaughter

GAZA, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Israel agreed to treat the 1-year-old granddaughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza for a rare malady but was unable to help her, officials said.

Palestinians want 'comprehensive' peace with Israel, negotiator says

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Palestinians want a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel but Israeli officials aren't interested, Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh said Monday.

Gaza gas now a 'serious prospect.' says Tony Blair

GAZA, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The prospect of the impoverished Palestinian Authority finally being able to develop a natural gas field 20 miles off the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean coast, 13 years after it was discovered, is looking increasingly good amid U.S.-led efforts to bolster the Palestinian economy.
Commentary: Geopolitical amnesia

Commentary: Geopolitical amnesia

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Chaos at home and abroad tracks back to a dysfunctional Congress and weak-minded Obama administration.
U.S. block on military aid to Egypt likely to backfire

U.S. block on military aid to Egypt likely to backfire

CAIRO, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. suspension of much of its annual $1.5 billion military aid to Egypt will antagonize other longtime U.S. allies in the Arab world and damage relations with the Egyptian military that's been a cornerstone of U.S. strategy in the Middle East for 35 years.

Hamas leader calls to unite against Israel

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Hamas political bureau head Khaled Mashaal called on the Muslim world to unite and free Jerusalem.

Lebanon: Officer arrested for trying to smuggle chemicals to prisoner

ROUMIEH, Lebanon, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Police wardens in Lebanon said they arrested a police officer Thursday for trying to smuggle sandwiches filled with chemicals into a detention center.

Israeli film 'Bethlehem' wins top awards

HAIFA, Israel, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- "Bethlehem" won the top prize at Israel's Ophir Awards and will be the country's entry in the foreign language film race for an Academy Award, officials said.

Israeli soldier allegedly killed by Palestinian

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old Israeli soldier was allegedly killed by a Palestinian seeking to use the body as a bargaining chip to release his jailed brother, the army said.
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A Palestinian boy holds the Fatah Flag at a rally in the Palestinian Authority's headquarters in Ramallah, West Bank, commemorating the sixth anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, November 11, 2010. Thousands of Palestinians gathered from the West Bank to show support for President Abbas and his Fatah Party. In the Gaza Strip, Hamas police banned Fatah supporters from holding a rally to mark the anniversary of Arafat's death. - UPI/Debbie Hill

Fataḥ (Arabic: فتح‎) (also known as Fateh) is a major Palestinian political party and the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a multi-party confederation. In Palestinian politics it is on the left-wing of the spectrum; it is mainly nationalist, although not predominantly socialist. Its main goal, as stated in Article 12 of the official Fatah constitution, is the "complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence."

Fatah is generally considered to have had a strong involvement in revolutionary struggle in the past and has maintained a number of militant/terrorist groups, though unlike its rival Islamist faction Hamas, Fatah is not currently regarded as a terrorist organization by any government.

In the January 25, 2006 parliamentary election, the party lost its majority in the Palestinian parliament to Hamas, and resigned all cabinet positions, instead of assuming the role as the main opposition party. Fatah's size is estimated at 6,000-8,000 fighters with 45-300 politicians.

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