Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

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July 21: A bomb injured 50 people at a wedding party in Gaza for relatives of Fatah leader, and PA National Security Advisor, Muhammad Dahlan. Dahlan, the uncle of the groom, was not in attendance. Dahlan's associates had been targeted by Hamas in the past, and he had been particularly disliked by the organization for his actions against it during his leadership of the Preventative Security Forces in the 1990s. In 2006 Hamas accused Dahlan of attempting to assassinate its leader, Isma'il Haniya. [CBS, 7/21]

July 27: Hamas courts ordered female lawyers to wear a headscarf while in court, drawing criticism from human rights groups. While campaigning, Hamas had promised not to impose religious law or their ideals on the general public. The decision was opposed by the Palestinian Lawyers Syndicate, which demanded that it be reversed. [Reuters, 7/27]

Aug. 4: Fatah began its sixth congress in the West Bank town of Bethlehem - marking the party's first conference in 20 years. At least 2,000 delegates attended amid hopes that the meeting would help rejuvenate the party. [Al-Jazeera, 8/4]

Aug. 9: Delegates voted for a new Central Committee and Revolutionary Council at Fatah's sixth conference in Bethlehem. Fatah's "old guard" filled only four of 18 elected seats on the Central Committee. Many delegates had hoped that the conference would help legitimize the movement, which had been plagued by allegations of corruption and cronyism. [Al-Jazeera, 8/11]

Aug. 12: Every member of Fatah's Higher Committee in the Gaza Strip submitted their resignations in protest of alleged fraud in the party's Central Committee elections. …