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Fatah Holds Hamas Responsible for Gaza Bomb Attacks

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement said it held Islamist group Hamas responsible for a wave of bomb attacks against the homes of Fatah leaders in Gaza on Friday.

"The Fatah central committee condemns the crimes which took place this morning against its leaders and lays the responsibility for these crimes upon Hamas," senior Fatah official Nasser al-Qidwa told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Abbas Vows Legal Measures to Prevent Attacks on al-Aqsa

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday legal measures would be taken to prevent Jewish settlers from attacking Jerusalem's flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound, having said their presence desecrates the site.

His remarks follow a recent spate of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police, which erupted when Jews were to visit the complex.

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Abbas Urges Palestinians to Protect Al-Aqsa by 'All Means'

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Friday called on his people to prevent Israeli settlers from entering Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque and use "all means" to protect the site.

His comments came days after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters demonstrating against Jews visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site but which is also revered by Jews.

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Abbas Says Israel Allowing Jewish Extremists into al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday accused the Israeli government of complicity in allowing Jewish "extremists" into Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound as dozens of Palestinian youths protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site ahead of a religious feast.

"Aggression against the blessed al-Aqsa mosque is increasing, led by settlers and extremists, sponsored by the Israeli government," he said in a statement.

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Palestinians Ask U.N. to End Israeli Occupation by 2016

The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set November 2016 as the deadline for ending the Israeli occupation, according to a draft resolution obtained by Agence France-Presse on Wednesday. 

The draft, circulated to council members, follows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' address last week to the U.N. General Assembly in which he called for a fast-track to statehood.

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Kerry, Abbas Meet in New York to Discuss Gaza

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday to discuss the situation in Gaza, a state department official said.

The meeting in New York came as leaders converged for the United Nations General Assembly, and a day after Abbas gave a speech at Cooper Union vowing to present a new timetable for peace talks with Israel. 

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Haniya Rules Out Direct Talks with Israel

Hamas' former Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniya said on Saturday the militant Islamic Palestinian group would not hold any direct talks with Israel. 

There would be "no direct negotiations with the Zionist enemy," Haniya said in a public address in the Gaza Strip, and called on Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "review" his own strategy of talks with Israel.

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Palestinians Eye U.N. Deadline to End Israel Occupation

The Palestinian leadership is to demand the international community set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of the territories, a senior official told Agence France-Presse on Monday. 

The move comes as Palestinian and world leaders continue to push for a halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in Gaza, and seek a more permanent end to violence between Israel and the Islamist movement, Hamas.

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Hamas Signs Palestinian Application for ICC Membership

Hamas has signed a proposal for the Palestinians to apply to join the International Criminal Court at which legal action could be taken against Israel, a senior official of the Islamist movement said Saturday.

"Hamas signed the document which (Palestinian) president (Mahmud Abbas) put forth as a condition that all factions approve, before he goes to sign the Rome Statute, which paves the way for Palestine's membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC)," Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq wrote on his Facebook page.

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Abbas, Meshaal Seek U.N. Timetable to End Israel Occupation

The Palestinian president and Hamas' exiled leader Friday urged the United Nations to draw up a "timetable" for the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories to end, Qatar state media said.

President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal issued the appeal during talks in Doha, as fighting continues in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Qatar's state news agency QNA said.

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