Hamas slams Abbas for ‘hypocrisy’ over attending Paris anti-terror rally

The Hamas flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Hamas slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for attending the mass anti-terror rally in Paris on Sunday.

“This behavior is part of the hypocrisy and political juggling act Abbas is used to; he thinks that this will earn the sympathy of nations,” said Hamas senior official Mahmoud Zahar, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. “First he should take care of his own people.”

The Hamas statement follows recent reports that the unity government between Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah party has ended. Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that rules Gaza, has accused Abbas of ignoring Gaza and reconstruction efforts there following last summer’s war.

“Abbas wants to look as if he fights terrorism, even though he does not know the meaning of terrorism,” Zahar said.

In a previous statement, Hamas said there is “no justification” for the recent wave of terrorism in France, but did not specifically mention the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket. Hamas’s statement did, however, mention the shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on January 12, 2015 .