News Brief 11/11/2013, Kislev 8, 5774
Hamas, Palestinian Authority Clash Over Arafat Accusations
The Palestinian Authority (PA) may intend to cause an international incident over scientific reports that Yasser Arafat was poisoned. Instead, AFP reports, the may have caused an internal fiasco - tensions with Hamas.
On Monday Hamas banned public commemorations of Arafat's death, accusing the PA of making an exclusively Fatah ceremony and of excluding Hamas members from participation. The move follows calls from Hamas leaders on Fatah to end both last week's peace talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and to end the investigation into the former PA Chairman's death.