The Palestinian Authority on Saturday accused Hamas of exploiting peaceful
protests against the high cost of living to spread chaos and anarchy in the West
Adnan Damiri, spokesman for the PA security forces, also accused
Hamas of working to overthrow the PA regime in the West Bank.
claimed that the PA security forces have received information about Hamas’s
efforts to destabilize the situation in the West Bank.
Damiri did not
provide further details.
However, he told the PA’s Voice of Palestine
radio station that Hamas has never stopped trying to “export its coup to the
West Bank and spark violence and discord among Palestinians.”
for Religious Affairs Mahmoud Habbash also accused Hamas of conspiring against
the PA leadership in the West Bank.
Habbash called on Palestinians to be
on alert to foil the schemes of “those who are trying to destroy and sabotage
the resources of the Palestinians and spread chaos among our people to serve the
interest of occupation and its expansionist goals.”
Habbash pointed out that Hamas leaders and spokesmen were using the same
rhetoric as Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in criticizing PA President
Hamas, he added, “is standing in the same line with the
extremist Liberman and occupation.”
Habbash, who was speaking during
Friday prayers in Ramallah, called on Palestinians to direct their frustration
toward Israel and the settlements.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh
said Friday that the recent wave of protests in the West Bank was proof that the
Oslo Accords have failed.
He said that Israel has used the Oslo Accords
to confiscate lands and “kill the Palestinians’ spirit of resistance and
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an
News Agency that the protests in the West Bank were the result of linking the
Palestinian economy to Israel and the US.
He said that the situation in
the Gaza Strip was better than the West Bank and Hamas was paying full salaries
to it employees.
Zahar said that all the money that the PA transfers to
the Gaza Strip is going only to Fatah loyalists.
Asked what would happen
if the PA collapses, he said: “The alternative is ready – the program of