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Signs of anger at Abbas spread in Gaza

Oct. 7, 2009 3:18 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 9, 2009 9:40 A.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – Expressions of anger at the Palestinian Authority reached a new level in Gaza on Wednesday as hundreds of posters of President Mahmoud Abbas with a black “X” through his face appeared in public locations.

The text on one poster under an Abbas photo reads: ''To the trash heap of history, you traitor, Mahmoud Abbas.''

Abbas and his circle of advisors have come under heavy public criticism after they withdrew a resolution from the United Nations Human Rights Council to demand further action on a report on alleged war crimes during Israel’s war on Gaza last winter. Judge Richard Goldstone’s UN-backed investigation called for prosecutions of Israeli officials over the war, which left more than 1,400 Palestinians dead.

A crew dressed in civilian clothes was seen putting up the posters on Wednesday morning, though it was not immediately clear who was behind the campaign. The posters were signed ''Intellectuals and university professors.”

Later, three university professors (Hussam Edwan of Al-Aqsa University, Kamal Abu Nada, and Asad Abu Sharkh of Al-Azhar University) held a news conference claiming responsibility for the posters. They said their aim was to demand Abbas’ resignation.

“The public opinion is against sitting with those who withdrew the Goldstone report,” Hamas leader Ismail Radwan told Ma’an, commenting on the possibility of renewed talks with Abbas’ Fatah party.

“There is much anger in the Palestinian community at all levels. This is a reaction and a result of the anger,” he said of the posters.

At another demonstration in Gaza City’s Palestine Square, members of the families of the victims from the winter offensive threw shoes at posters of Abbas, a reference to the shoes thrown at US President George W Bush by an Iraqi journalist last winter.
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