Ismail Haniyeh on a chair, looking expressive 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas officials condemned over the weekend the Egyptian authorities’ decision to
charge ousted president Mohamed Morsi with links to the Palestinian Islamist
The officials said that the allegations against Morsi came in
the context of Egypt’s recent punitive measures against Hamas, including the
demolition of about 80 percent of the smuggling tunnels under the Sinai-Gaza
border and the closure of the Rafah terminal to the Strip.
sources in the Gaza Strip said on Saturday that the Egyptian authorities have
warned Hamas leaders against “meddling in Egypt’s internal affairs.”
warning was relayed to Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashaal, The
Hamas has come out in support of Morsi and the Muslim
Brotherhood. Some Hamas officials and spokesmen have denounced the ouster of
Morsi as a “military coup against a legitimate leader,” drawing sharp criticism
from Egypt’s new rulers.
Hamas officials reacted to the charges against
Morsi by accusing the Egyptian authorities of seeking to punish the movement and
the entire population of the Gaza Strip.
“These are ridiculous charges,”
said Ahmed Bahr, a senior Hamas official. “We see these charges as reflecting
Bahr said that Israel had been the only country that
charges people over their ties with Hamas.
The charges against Morsi are
part of “black scheme” against the Gaza Strip, Bahr and other Hamas
Palestinian political science professor Abdul Sattar Kassem
said the charges are part of Egypt’s incitement against the Palestinians and
Kassem, who is affiliated with Hamas, expressed fear
that Cairo’s hostility toward Hamas will evolve into hostility against all
Kassem and other Hamas representatives accused the
Palestinian Authority and Fatah of inciting the Egyptians against the Islamist
movement in the Gaza Strip.