Gaza demonstrators condemn death of bin Laden
Wednesday, May. 04, 2011 at 9:57 AM
palestinians condemn US for the death of Bin laden
Some two dozen Palestinians gathered in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to pay tribute to slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
About 25 people holding pictures and posters of bin Laden rallied outside a Gaza City university. The crowd included al-Qaida sympathizers as well as students who said they opposed bin Laden's ideology, but were angry at the U.S. for killing him and consider him a martyr.
Hamas police did not interfere in the demonstration.
In the weeks ahead of bin Laden's death, a survey in the Arab world by the Pew Research Center found support for the al-Qaida leader had dropped dramatically in recent years — though it remained the highest among Palestinians.
The survey said about a third of Palestinians believed bin Laden would do the right thing in world affairs, which still represented a dramatic drop from a few years ago when overwhelming numbers approved of him.
On Monday, Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Gaza's Hamas government, condemned the U.S. operation against bin Laden, whom he hailed as a "Muslim and Arab warrior." Still, the Islamic Hamas has always distanced itself from al-Qaida's militant Islamic ideology, saying its battle is against Israel, not the West.
Al-Qaida's supporters have often accused Hamas of being too moderate and clashed with them.
Israel's Channel 2 TV broadcast video Tuesday from Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site, showing a Palestinian preacher mourning bin Laden, calling him "a hero" and "a lion of Islam," cursing President Barack Obama, and hurling insults at Pope John Paul II.
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