In the West Bank, a Facebook Uprising Fizzles

(Time) Karl Vick - Only a couple of thousand people turned out in downtown Ramallah on Tuesday for a widely promoted rally aimed at ending the split between Fatah and Hamas. The gathering was marred by the noisy arrival of hundreds of Hamas loyalists waving the party's green flag and chanting slogans. Fatah loyalists arrived aboard a truck mounted with loudspeakers broadcasting "Down with veto Obama," to protest the U.S. veto of a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements a couple of weeks ago. Fadi Quran, one of the young Palestinians trying to organize a nonviolent youth movement, said: "The Palestinian parties played it quite well. They told their supporters to come early, so when other people came and saw it was politicized, they went home."

2011-03-16 00:00:00

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