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Gaza 'hotheads' take on old guard

Two very public events have given Palestinians pause for thought in the last few days as they begin the post-Arafat era. The first was the burial of the veteran leader in Ramallah which was hijacked by the “Palestinian street”, young Arafat loyalists who basically steamrollered the sombre ceremony planned by his old guard supporters. The second came on Sunday, when the main pretender to Arafat’s throne, Mahmoud Abbas – known as Abu Mazen – arrived in Gaza and walked straight into an armed confrontation at the mourning tent set up for the dead leader. The first incident can perhaps be dismissed as the out-of-control emotions of a people whose love transcended the disappointments and failures Arafat caused them to endure. Full Story

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