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Peres: "terrorist" organizations like Hamas do not belong in democratic elections

Sept. 6, 2008 10:18 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2008 10:18 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli president Shimon Peres said on Friday that Hamas should not be given the opportunity to participate in Palestinian elections unless they abandon what he called their "terrorism track."

Israeli radio quoted Peres as saying, "Hamas practices shooting, murder, religious and military oppression in the Gaza Strip which is contradictory to democracy."

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