Hamas: IDF Crackdown 'Crime against Humanity'

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CBNNews.com - GAZA CITY - Gaza-based Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operation against Hamas-affiliated civilian institutions in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) "an ugly crime against humanity."

Haniyeh was referring to the closure of 37 institutions in Ramallah and Nablus this week.

"Hamas won't spare any effort to defend its institutions," one of the group's spokesmen, Sami Abu Zuhri, said.

"Hamas won't allow these Israeli crimes to pass without a response," he said, calling on PA President Mahmoud Abbas to end cooperation between his security forces and the IDF.

"The Palestinian security forces are involved in the Israeli war against our institutions," Abu Zuhri said. "Israel is continuing what [PA Prime Minister] Salam Fayyad began when he ordered the closure of many [Hamas-affiliated] charities in the West Bank," he said.

"This is a conspiracy designed to undermine Hamas and eliminate its presence in the West Bank, but it won't succeed," Abu Zuhri said.

Hamas legislator Samira Halaykeh also decried PA cooperation with Israel.

"The Palestinian Authority hasn't done anything to stop the Israeli measures," Halaykeh said. "On the contrary, the Palestinian security forces are providing Israel with information and are also involved in the campaign. These institutions are being shut only because they are run by Hamas supporters," she said.

Mushir al-Masri, another Hamas spokesman, said the IDF crackdown was hurting efforts to reunite the two Palestinian factions.

Al-Masri also called the PA president's refusal to meet with exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal in Damascus earlier this week a "severe blow" to potential "national unity."

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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