The news of a meeting between Sharon and Abu Ala came as about 40,000 Palestinians took to the streets in the Gaza Strip to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the creation of the militant Islamist group Hamas. As crowds swept thought the Jabalya refugee camp in the north of the strip, Hamas’ spiritual leader told the gathered crowds: ‘We will never make concessions on our absolute right to the whole of the Holy Land, to the whole of Jerusalem and to the right of return of all our refugees.’