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Hamas-Israeli conflict a 'game changer'

Hamas-Israeli conflict a 'game changer'

GAZA, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas was a "military game-changer," says a senior Hamas official viewed as a moderate voice of the organization.
Rafah crossing to reopen Tuesday

Rafah crossing to reopen Tuesday

GAZA, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The international Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip will reopen Tuesday, a Palestinian official said.

Official: Gaza crossing to open monthly

GAZA, July 4 (UPI) -- The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip will open three days each month to allow travelers and aid to cross, a Gaza official says.

Thousands wait at reopened Gaza crossing

RAFAH, Egypt, May 16 (UPI) -- Thousands of Palestinians were waiting Saturday to take advantage of a rare opening of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, officials said.

Hamas PM spokesman resigns post

GAZA, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The spokesman for Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has quit due to Hamas’s failure to initiate a deal with Fatah, the Jerusalem Post said.

Missing BBC journalist reported alive

CARDIFF, Wales, May 27 (UPI) -- BBC reporter Alan Johnston is alive and could be released soon, a Palestinian government spokesman said in Cardiff, Wales.

BBC kidnapping blamed on Mideast gangs

GAZA, March 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority officials have determined that the parties responsible for the recent kidnapping of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston were criminal gangs. PA Cabinet spokesman Ghazi Hamad said that Monday's abduction of the 43-year-old journalist in G

Palestinian unity government to be formed

GAZA, March 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian officials said after a meeting between leaders of the Fatah and Hamas movements that a unity government will be announced by the end of the week. Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, spoke after a Tu

Hamas says U.S. must change policies

GAZA, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The United States, rather than Hamas, must change its policies if it hopes for Mideast peace, a Hamas Palestinian cabinet spokesman said in Gaza Saturday. Hamas should not be required to recognize Israel, renounce violence and abide by past agreements, Th

Hamas official denounces infighting

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Hamas party denounced Palestinian infighting as a "frightening nightmare" and a "fatal disease." Ghazi Hamad, made an appeal for calm and for the removal of weapons from the streets to the Palestinian Authority journal Al-Iyam, Israel

Hamas leader blames Palestinians

GAZA, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The spokesman for the Palestinian Hamas government has said in a newspaper article that his fellow Palestinians are to blame for much of the problems in Gaza.

Palestinian govt rejects Olmert ultimatum

GAZA, May 11 (UPI) -- The Hamas-led Palestinian government dismissed an Israeli ultimatum to modify its policies as nothing more than a ploy.
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Ghazi Hamad
UN investigator Richard Goldstone (R), former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, is met by Ghazi Hamad (L), a representative of the Islamist Hamas movement, at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, in the southern Gaza, June 1, 2009. UN investigators have arrived in the Gaza to probe alleged violations of international law during Israel's massive offensive against Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. (UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad)
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Ghazi Hamad (غازي حمد) is a 25 year member of Hamas and the former editor-in-chief of the Hamas weekly newspaper Ar-Risala. As of October 2004, Mr. Hamad was also the head of the Islamic Salvation Party.

More recently he has assumed the role of a spokesman for Hamas, having gained considerable credibility through the popularity of his newspaper, his imprisonment by the Palestinian National Authority under the Fatah administration as well as his five year detention by the Israeli's for activities related to Hamas. Mr. Hamad was editor at the time Al-Risala was shut down and he himself was imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority for publishing articles detrimental to the reputation of the PA, particularly its prison system. In August 2006 he wrote an article for Al Ayyam, a Palestinian daily newspaper, stating that "Gaza is suffering under the yoke of anarchy and the swords of thugs," and "It is strange that, when a big effort is taken to reopen Rafah crossing to ease the suffering of the people, you see others who go to shell rockets towards the crossing. Or when someone talks about cease-fire and its importance, you find those who go and shell more rockets. Of course, I do not deny that the occupation committed massacres that cannot be justified. But I support negotiations over what can be fixed."

In 2006, responding to the Beit Hanoun November 2006 incident), Hamad was quoted as saying "Israel should be wiped from the face of the Earth. It is an animal state that recognises no human worth. It is a cancer that should be eradicated." However, this was later denied.

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