Friday, June 29, 2007

Fayyad warns Islamic Preachers

Well, you have to admit he's trying. This from Rafi at ATFP:

The Associated Press looks at efforts by Palestinian PM Fayyad to crack down on mosque sermons in the West Bank that espouse political messages

By Mohammed Daraghmeh The Associated Press June 29, 2007

The new Palestinian prime minister delivered a stern warning Thursday to hundreds of Islamic preachers, including Hamas supporters: He won't tolerate calls for violence delivered from mosque pulpits and plans to collect militants' weapons. Salam Fayyad's meeting with some 800 Muslim clergy marked the latest attempt to stem the influence of Hamas in the West Bank following the Islamists' violent takeover of Gaza this month. Security forces have arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank, and President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to dry up funding to Hamas with a review of all private organizations.

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