Interesting Statement from Hamas Condemning recent UK Terror Attacks


Below is an interesting statement from Khalid Mish’al, the leader of the Palestinian Islamic political organization Hamas, which condemns the recent terror attacks in the UK. I hope the new UK government, unlike its predecessor will be able to see the differences between the various islamic political organizations instead of grouping them together under a single Al-Qaeda like ‘war on terror’ banner.

Hamas’ Statement

TOGETHER with all freedom loving peoples, we in the Islamic Resistance
Movement, Hamas, shared the moment of sheer joy yesterday when Alan
Johnston
stepped out of the darkness of captivity into the light of freedom.

We pay tribute to the stoic dignity with which the BBC correspondent
in Gaza
bore his ordeal. We commend the patience and faith of his parents and all
the British, Palestinian and other people around the world who campaigned
and prayed for his release. From the outset, we committed ourselves to
securing his release. I entered into discussions with British officials,
shared information and gave assurances of our concerted efforts to secure
Alan’s release.

The Palestinian people have been struggling for their freedom for
almost a
century. In our own land we have been denied basic human rights by an
occupier that has enjoyed, under various spurious guises, international
support. As Alan Johnston returns home, we hope that the British, and
people
the world over, reflect on the fact that more than 12,000 Palestinians
are
languishing in Israeli jails, unjustly denied their freedom. They include
ministers of a democratically elected government, parliamentarians, women
and even children.

Like Alan, they all have loved ones who long to see them again. Many of
these hapless captives are their families’ breadwinners. But the reality
today in occupied Palestine is that there is no bread to win because the
international community has imposed comprehensive sanctions on the
Palestinians, denying them even the most basic necessities for
survival. All
of this is done to coerce us into accepting the occupier’s terms.

Nowhere can a free people be made to surrender their historical and
national
rights. Accordingly, Palestinians will continue to make every sacrifice
until we gain our freedom. In that endeavour, we are ready to work
with all
who wish to pursue our people’s just aims. We look to Britain’s new prime
minister, Gordon Brown, to begin a constructive new chapter in our
relationship.

Many in the international community warned that the imposition of
sanctions
would undermine security and bring chaos to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Their warnings were ignored. The kidnap and 114-day-long captivity of
Alan
Johnston took place within a dysfunctional environment imposed from
beyond
Palestinian borders.

Is it not absurd that a duly elected and constituted government should be
denied the authority, by external and internal forces, to control its
security services? Is it not bizarre, is it not scandalous, that a
national
security force should itself become a mechanism for the spread of
disorder?
Where else in the world today would an elected prime minister find that
persistent assassination attempts were allowed to pass without any
security
measures taken? Where else would the known would-be assassins be
allowed to
walk free? Where else would assailants and racketeers be given the
licence
to attack at will? It is to address such chaos in Gaza that Hamas was
compelled to take charge.

It is in this context that we condemn the attempted attacks in London and
Glasgow — as we have done in the past after attacks in Spain and the
US. We
could not be clearer: Hamas will not accept nor tolerate anyone
exploiting
the sacred cause of the Palestinian people to commit acts of murder and
carnage around the world. Our strategy has always been and remains firmly
based on the principle that the resistance should be fought only within
Palestine.

We appreciate and commend the support given to our cause by international
civic society, and hope that support will continue in the pursuit of
justice
and freedom for the people of Palestine. *

* Khalid Mish’al is head of the Hamas political bureau

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