News and Analysis (12/20/06)

“Religious harmony is on full display in a year when Christmas and the Muslim holiday of Tabaski fall within days of each other:”

Hamas spokesman dismisses al-Qaida criticisms and defends electoral process:

Move is seen as an attempt to boost Fatah over its Hamas rivals in the threatened election:

·        Israel May Release Tax Funds To Abbas: Sources (Reuters)

Fatah says it will stick to the truce despite blaming Hamas for two police deaths:

·        Gaza Truce Holds Despite Violence (BBC)

Israel’s barrier to education:

·        The New Walls of Jerusalem: Part Two • The Long Walk To Class (Christian Science Monitor)

Islamists say they will not cease fire as long as Ethiopian troops remain:

·        Heavy fighting erupts in Somalia (BBC)

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