Hamas slams EU official over anti-Hamas statement
www.chinaview.cn 2009-01-27 01:16:32   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts    

    GAZA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The deposed Hamas government in Gaza on Monday slammed European Union (EU) Aid Commissioner Louis Michel over his statements holding Hamas responsible for the Israeli offensive on Gaza.

    Taher el-Noono, spokesman of Hamas government, said in a statement that "We condemn Michel's rude statements, which contradicts with the international laws that give the right to occupied nations to defend itself."

    El-Noono also said Michel's statements did not hold Israel "guilty for the awful crimes committed against civilians." The 22-day war left around 14,00 people killed and 5,500 others wounded, as well as 20,000 houses destroyed.

    "We don't rule out that Michel made such nasty statements to please his Zionist masters in the United States, apparently he is looking for their satisfaction or for a better diplomatic position," said el-Noono.

    Michel, who toured the badly damaged enclave of the Gaza Strip on Monday, told a news conference that Hamas "is overwhelmingly responsible for the war waged by Israel on the Gaza Strip."

    "Launching (homemade) rockets at (Israeli) civilians is a terrorist action, which has to be strongly denounced," said Michel when touring Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip.

    When inspecting area destroyed by the Israeli army during intensive Israeli offensive, he said "we should also remind that in spite of all of this, Hamas is overwhelmingly responsible for the outcomes."

    It is the first senior EU official to slam the movement.

    "I mean here to say that Hamas is a terrorist movement and must be condemned. If we want the EU to encourage a political dialogue that achieves calm and progress, Hamas should accept two conditions," said Michel.

    "Hamas has to recognize Israel's right of return and abandon the armed struggle which basically has terrorist dimensions," he said.

    Meanwhile, Michel announced that the EU would donate an urgent aid of 60 million euros (78 million dollars) for the Palestinians.

EU official: Hamas responsible for Gaza war

    GAZA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- European Union (EU) Aid Commissioner Louis Michel held on Monday Islamic Hamas movement "overwhelmingly" responsible for the outcomes of the Israeli military offensive on Gaza.

    Michel, who toured Monday the badly damaged enclave of the Gaza Strip, told a news conference that Hamas "is overwhelmingly responsible for the war waged by Israel on the Gaza Strip." Full story

Hamas slams Obama's statements on Middle East 

    GAZA, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Friday slammed new U.S. President Barack Obama for his statements on the Middle East calling on the Palestinian movement to recognize Israel.

    Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a written statement sent to reporters that Obama's demands to accept the international Quartet's requirements "is the beginning of the slide into the wrong U.S. policies." Full story

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