Hamas Celebrates Israeli Withdrawal
Some 5,000 members of the Islamic group Hamas rallied in Bethlehem's Manger Square on Saturday to celebrate Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon last month, which they see as an Arab victory, said Haaretz.
Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin called on the demonstrators in the West Bank town to continue the struggle against the "Zionist enemy."
"We in Hamas promise God and promise you and the Islamic Arab nations that we will not give up until we are victorious or are martyred," Yassin said in a phone call from the Gaza Strip that was broadcast at the rally, said the paper.
Palestinian security services blocked the transmission via loud-speakers of a telephoned speech by the Hizbullah leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, said AFP, quoting Palestinian sources.
Despite the cancellation, the gathering went ahead, with Israeli and American flags being burned but no other incident, according to the agency - (Several Sources)
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