According to a Ha’aretz report Hamas, who govern the besieged Gaza Strip, are preventing Gazans from making their pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia to attend Haj at Mecca.
This is a deliberate propaganda ploy that amounts to deceit bordering on lies.
The reality is this: Palestinian Authority (PA) President, Mahmoud Abbas, has used the Haj to gain a political advantage and demonise Hamas by taking advantage of his alliance with Israel and the US to get Saudi Arabia to accept only visas issued by the Abbas governed PA. Saudi Arabia will not accept visas issued by Hamas to Palestinians wanting to make Haj from Gaza. Hamas in not allowing its authority in the Gaza to be subverted by Abbas and what remains of his corrupt Fatah faction in the Gaza and has refused to allow some 3000 Gazans that have managed to obtain PA visas to leave unless a further 3000 Gazans who applied for visas through Hamas are also given visas by the Saudi government.
The ploy by Abbas and Fatah is a deliberately contrived attempt by Israel to yet again divide the interests of the Palestinian people generally and isolate further the Gazan Palestinians in particular.