Palestinians battle each other in Lebanon

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

A long-standing disagreement between two opposing Palestinian factions in Lebanon turned violent this week, leaving at least two people wounded.

The infighting erupted over control of a mosque in a Beirut suburb. The mosque sits on land owned by a Palestinian family affiliated with the ruling Fatah faction. But the mosque is currently being renovated with funds collected by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, which now also claims ownership.

A brawl erupted when Islamic Jihad operatives tried to seize control of the property on Tuesday.

The incident is only the latest example of infighting between Palestinian factions in Lebanon. The phenomenon is also common in the Palestinian-controlled territories in the heart of Israel.

Many Israelis have argued that the Palestinians' inability to get along among themselves betrays the fact that they could never forge a viable and successful independent state. Instead, a Palestinian state would be wholly dependent on foreign financial aid and mediation.

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