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Hamas: PA security coordination with Israel is a crime

June 20, 2014 11:56 A.M. (Updated: June 21, 2014 4:16 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Thursday lambasted Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas for his cooperation with Israeli forces as a massive search operation for three missing Israeli teenagers across the West Bank enters its second week.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that security coordination with Israel "is a crime and a violation of the Cairo agreement which stated that security cooperation is punishable by law," referring to an earlier reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

The sharp denunciation of the security coordination between president Abbas and Israel during the daily military raids came a day after the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said that the number of detained had topped 300, more than two-thirds of whom are Hamas members.

Abu Zuhri also called on Egypt to commit to its responsibilities as the sponsor of the prisoner exchange deal in 2011 that exchanged Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, after Israeli forces detained dozens of those freed in the deal. Egypt oversaw the deal, and has already demanded Israel end its arrest campaign across the West Bank.

Abu Zuhri, in a press conference in Gaza, also warned against any possible Israeli attempt to exile Hamas leaders and lawmakers, saying that the Israel had previously tried it and failed, and saying that any attempt to exile the detainees "will open the gates of hell on the occupation."

Abu Zuhri reiterated that resistance, in all its forms, is a right for Palestinians in order to free their lands and holy sites.

Abu Zuhri also condemned President Mahmoud Abbas’' comments during an Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Jeddah on Wednesday, in which he criticized the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths from a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

"We condemn President Abbas shocking comments, which do no represent Palestinians or the martyrs and prisoners of Fatah. Those who give up on the Intifada only isolate themselves," he added.

"Intifada is the greatest phenomena in our modern history," he added, saying: "It is renewed whenever pressure and aggression are increased on our people."
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