Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Palestinian Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Palestinian Affairs

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Egypt, Israel, Syria

Apr. 20: After months of accusations, Human Rights Watch issued a comprehensive report documenting extrajudicial killings and torture of Hamas' political opponents in the Gaza Strip. According to the report, at least 32 Palestinians were killed by Hamas during the course of the December 2008-January 2009 conflict with Israel after being accused of collaboration with the Jewish state. Hamas spokespeople in the Gaza Strip denied the allegations. [BBC, 4/20]

Apr. 27: In a clandestine election, senior Hamas leaders, some of whom voted from jails in Israel, re-elected Khalid Mish'al as Chairman of the movement's Political Bureau. [BBC, 4/27]

May 5: In a Damascus interview with The New York Times, Hamas leader Khalid Mish'al announced that his movement would accept a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, but would agree to a ten year truce rather than fully recognize Israel. Mish'al also declared that Hamas had temporarily stopped firing rockets into Israel from its Gaza stronghold. [NYT, 5/5]

May 19: Following the failure of Palestinian national unity negotiations between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo, a new Fatah-led cabinet was sworn in at Palestinian Authority (PA) headquarters in Ramallah. …

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