Hamas official slams group’s opposition to statehood bid

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Author: MOHAMMED MAR’I

Monday 19 September 2011

RAMALLAH: A senior Hamas official on Sunday criticized his movement for opposing the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.

Ahmed Yousef, deputy foreign minister in the government of Ismail Haniyeh, also criticized his movement for barring popular activities in support of the move in Gaza Strip.
“I do not accept Hamas’ rejection of the move that is supported by Arabs, Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Turkey and hundreds of countries in the world,” Yousef told the official Voice of Palestine Radio.
He added that Hamas “should not stand by Israel and the US in rejecting the Palestinian move at the UN.” However, Yousef said, Hamas was disappointed with the Palestinian leadership for not coordinating the move with Hamas and other political factions.
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, described President Mahmoud Abbas’ Friday speech as unconvincing and unacceptable.
Zuhri said major risks are involved in the step that could undermine national rights such as the right of return, resistance, and self-determination.
The development came as Abbas headed to New York to participate in the annual session of the UN General Assembly and to seek UN membership for Palestinian state.
Palestinian sources said Abbas heads a delegation that includes secretaries-general of Palestinian factions, members of the PLO’s Executive Committee, ministers and correspondents of local media.
Meanwhile, Jewish occupiers have begun preparing for what they call “sovereignty marches” in Palestinian territories in order to oppose the Palestinian statehood bid.
The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot said the occupiers are concerned that the Israeli Army would be “too trusting” about the Palestinian security forces if the Palestinians decide to riot and get too close to the usurped lands.

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