Monday, April 28, 2008

Hamas criticizes US pronouncement of Israel as 'homeland of Jews'

Arab media:

Gaza – Ma'an – Hamas expressed a vigorous objection on Sunday to resolutions passed in both houses of the United States Congress this week stating American support for Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.
"Hamas reiterates refusal of these biased decisions and considers them dangerous racially-motivated decisions. The movement also affirms its intention to counter by all means such decisions which are aimed to cancel the right of repatriation of the Palestinian refugees," Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum told Ma'an.

"US president's George Bush recent 'illusionary' pledges to the Palestinian president emphasize that the US administration is beating around the bush in order to give Israel time to complete its plots," Barhoum added, referring to US-backed peace negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Many Palestinians are critical of declarations in support of Israel as a Jewish-majority state, because they appear to cancel the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in the land that was Palestine until the creation of Israel in 1948. The fate of Palestinian refugees is one of the issues up for negotiation in the US-backed talks.

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