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PFLP: Hamas should not abandon ideology

Dec. 30, 2013 2:07 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 11:53 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas are a vital component of the Palestinian nationalist struggle and should not abandon their ideology, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Monday.

The statement from the leftist group was in response to a recent call by the PLO for Hamas to dissociate itself from the Muslim Brotherhood.

"We are not calling on Hamas or other forces to abandon their ideological roots, but we are ask everyone to give priority to the interests of the Palestinian people when they build relations with the surrounding Arab and Islamic world," the PFLP said.

On Saturday, Jamal Muheisin, a Fatah representative in the PLO executive committee, said Hamas should detach itself from the Brotherhood, warning of political, economic, and security consequences if Hamas remained "subordinate" to "this banned terrorist group."

A representative of the Arab Liberation Front said that Hamas has always prioritized the Muslim Brotherhood's interests over the interests of the Palestinian people, while Ahmad Majdalani of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front said Hamas was viewed as a terrorist organization by many countries including the United States due to its affiliation with the Brotherhood.

PFLP official Rabah Muhanna was one of many faction leaders who also called upon Hamas to sever relations with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gaza government spokeswoman Isra Almodallal told Ma'an last week that while Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood may share ideology, they should not be seen as one and the same movement.

"We are in completely different circumstances," Almodallal said. "We don't want people to think Hamas is the same as the Muslim Brotherhood."

"We don't want Egypt to punish us the way the Muslim Brotherhood is punished in Egypt."

Almodallal added that Hamas agreed that "at this particular time" it is best to remain neutral in the affairs of other Arab countries.
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