Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Hamas Bans
Friday Prayers

This really ought to be a lesson to those of us here in the Western world. Hamas has banned Fatah from holding Friday prayer services. As Charles explains it:

In our ironic story of the day, Hamas is shutting down Fatah’s Friday prayers in Gaza, because they know very well how much rage can be evoked by a skillful Sheikh.

GAZA, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Hamas on Tuesday banned open-air prayers organised
by the rival Fatah faction in the Gaza Strip, gatherings that have turned into
weekly protests against the territory’s Islamist rulers.

Backed by a ruling by the pro-Hamas Palestine Clerics Federation,
Hamas’s Gaza-based government said it had “decided to prevent any gatherings
under the pretext of Friday (Muslim) prayers”.

In a statement, the Hamas administration said Fatah had used outdoor
worship on the Muslim rest day to sow “chaos and sedition” in the Gaza

Over the past several weeks, Friday prayers organised by Fatah, headed
by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, have led to clashes with Hamas
security forces.

The clerics federation, in a religious edict, said the violence at the
gatherings violated the sanctity of Friday worship.