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No ceding ground in struggle with Israel: Hamas PM

Last Updated: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 10:17

Tunis: Hamas` Prime Minister in Gaza says the anti-Israeli militant group will never give up its arms, its territory or its claims on Jerusalem on behalf of the Palestinians.

Ismail Haniyeh spoke to a cheering crowd of 5,000 in the Tunisian capital on Sunday.

He predicted difficult days ahead for Israel, which is grappling with how to respond to the Arab Spring, a series of popular uprisings that began in Tunisia a year ago.

The rally, held at a sports stadium, was organised by the Islamist Ennahda party, which recently won Tunisian elections.

At one entrance, people walked over a piece of cloth sporting the Star of David, and many shouted anti-Israeli slogans.

But not heard was "Kill the Jews!" a slogan used by ultraconservatives three days earlier upon Haniyeh`s arrival.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 10:17

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