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Hamas deputy condemns Egyptian accusations against Palestinians which dismiss Israeli involvement in Sinai attack

February 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

The deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, Mosa Abu-Marzouq, has condemned Egyptian commentators who accuse Palestinians of the recent Sinai attacks while dismissing any possible Israeli involvement. Mr Abu-Marzouq said that it is “strange that such critics regard the Israelis as friends and the Palestinians as enemies”.

According to Abu-Marzouq, his anguish increased when Egyptian writers implied that they were somehow closer to the soldiers killed in the Sinai attack than he was: “The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that when a Muslim is hurt the whole Ummah feels the pain. We all felt the pain of the martyrs of Sinai.”

The Hamas official was speaking during one of the Jerusalem Nights programmes organised by the Jerusalem Committee of the Arab Physicians Union on the eve of Eidul-Fitr and the 43rd anniversary of the major arson attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque. The event, which was attended by a number of artists, thinkers, intellectuals and businessmen, included a charitable auction for archaeological items from Al-Aqsa Mosque.