Friday, 26 December 2008

Hamas holds UN liable for Israel crimes

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri

Hamas has condemned remarks by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as contribution to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused Ban of encouraging the Israeli regime to continue its atrocities against the Palestinian nation, Press TV correspondent reported on Friday.

He was refereeing to Ban's Wednesday statement in which he "condemns today's [Wednesday's] rocket attacks on southern Israel." The statement added that the issue 'gravely concerned' the UN chief.

Ban's remarks come in contrast with obligations of the UN Secretary General and with international laws, which confer people under foreign occupation the right to defend, said the spokesman.

"Hamas condemns Ban Ki-moon's remarks…and recognizes it a further proof for Ban's role in Israel's atrocities against the Palestinians and a cover for Israeli measures taken against Gaza," he emphasized.

Abu Zuhri also questioned Ban's 'meaningful inaction' and indifference toward the Palestinians killed in Israeli incursions, and accused the secretary-general of making an attempt to distort realities in Palestine.

"Ban Ki-moon's comments are dangerous. Not only they do not reflect realities on the ground, they portray the occupants as victims, as if the Palestinians were the occupiers," he said.

"Such partiality does not change our will to defend our people against the Israeli intimidation and incursions," the Hamas official concluded.

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