Wednesday, December 14, 2005

In America we fry our murderers. In Gaza, they try to elect them President.

edited for clarity:

Rival factions clashed in a shootout in the Gaza Strip Wednesday ..... gunmen occupied the Fatah headquarters - taking up positions on the building's rooftops, balconies and around the facade -. They were part of the Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades. Then a security force headed by the chief bodyguard to Fatah's secretary-general rushed to the building, sparking a gunbattle.


Underlying the crisis is a power struggle between younger activists, led by Marwan Barghouti, and movement veterans who have refused to step aside (the young guard has done well in the primaries, and Barghouti is considered the top vote-getter).

Barghouti has insisted he be given the top slot on the list, and that his allies get realistic spots on the Fatah slate. In a compromise presented late Tuesday, Abbas proposed that Barghouti share the top slot in the Fatah list with outgoing Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.

Barghouti is serving five life terms for attacks that killed four Israelis and a Greek monk.


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