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Hamas threatens to sue Abbas over Gaza remarks
Published Saturday 17/10/2009 (updated) 23/10/2009 16:48
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Gaza – Ma'an – Hamas will file a lawsuit in Palestinian courts against recent allegations launched by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that de facto government leaders fled the Gaza Strip in ambulances during Israel’s war on the area over the winter.

Abbas first presented the accusation on Tuesday in a Jenin speech, and again in Ramallah on Friday.

Hamas leader Mahmoud Az-Zahar announced preparations for a suit in remarks made Saturday, one day after Abbas told the newly convened Fatah Revolutionary Council that Hamas leaders had ignored his advice on signing a new ceasefire deal after the six-month agreement between Israel and Hamas ran out in November.

He told the more than 100 assembled members that "They [Hamas] kept accusing us of compliance, while their leaders fled the Gaza Strip to Egypt in ambulances."

Israel's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Aharon Leshno Yaar, used the quote to defend the country against South African jurist Richard Goldstone's report on the Gaza war. He said that even Abbas admitted that "the Hamas movement hid in basements."

"The leaders of Hamas ran away in ambulances to Sinai and left our people to bleed," the president was quoted as saying by the ambassador on Thursday, during the lead-up to the Human Rights Council's vote. "Every person here knows that today's meeting is not about human rights, but... to make a point to a domestic Palestinian audience."

On Saturday, Az-Zahar called for Abbas to name those who fled to the Sinai, and noted he should be obliged to present evidence for what he termed such outrageous claims.

He noted that the lawsuit would be separate from Hamas’ consideration of the Egyptian conciliation proposal, for which a delegation of members would head to Cairo to discuss on Sunday.

"There are a few standing problems with the text of the agreement," Az-Zahar said, and "we are ready to make an opportunity for all involved to create the right atmosphere to sign the paper."
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1 ) Nour / Palestine
17/10/2009 12:14
Oh please stop this childishness and give us the Palestinian people a break from your idiotic quarelling. We have had enough! Seriously, both fatah and hamas should go to hell for all I care.

2 ) Abu TRD / Palestine
17/10/2009 14:04
So this is as good as it gets?

3 ) Assad / USA
17/10/2009 14:52
Dr. Zahar should sue....at least hamas is doing the right thing in reconcilling for the people but the child Abbas should learn that ugly slander is not only un-islamic but expensive.... Dahlan was in egypt with 800 CIA traned troops during 'cast lead' ready to move into gaza should Hamas fall

4 ) farid / chile
17/10/2009 16:04
thats funny,,,when hamas always presents their accusations, they never give the evidences, because there arent. While the palestinian pople in gaza we dying what they were doing?, even their fighters were hidden.

5 ) Nour / Palestine
17/10/2009 16:23
Assad, I really think you should tone down your pro-Hamas rhetoric. Both Hamas and Fatah are responsible for the situation we're in today. If you can't see that then you're blind. Hamas had the chance to govern but unfortunately they confirmed Israeli stereotypes....

6 ) Assad / USA
17/10/2009 16:50
Nour the socialist fatah is singularly responsible for all along with their zio-partners...hamas never had a chance to govern...i know you want to see some socialist win the elections but that will happen only if marwyn gets out of jail..i do not intend to tone down anything...

7 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
17/10/2009 23:13
Waste of time for Hamas. Take this to children's court. Elections will get rid of Abbas. Hamas has had a bad time because the examples they see are Israel, the land-eaters, and Fatah, the back-stabbing collaborators. Given their teachers, I'd say Hamas is doing pretty well.

8 ) Filipe / Portugal
18/10/2009 01:00
What a hoot !!!! Flee Gaza in Ambulances !! But Hamas has certainly shown their ability to govern!!! Just look at what they've accomplished!!! Need anyone say more?? But go ahead--- blame the problems on everyone else! Someone else is always at fault !!!

9 ) Mohammed / USA
18/10/2009 03:03
Nour, I totally disagree with you. Hammas was never given the opportunity to govern, the Atrabs, USA, Abb-Ass, zionist entity europeans etc.. closed all political and govermental chances for them. Bush himself stated that the palestinian people will pay the price for selecting Hammas as their gov't

10 ) Mohammed / USA
18/10/2009 15:55
Fillipe, this is a waste of breath but I will provide it anyways. Obviously, you don't know much about true history, that is the problem with you naive people. You never want to hear the truth and always continue in your ways of destroying countries. Allah is great and he hates aggressors.

11 ) an arab / Saudia
26/10/2009 09:11
Are we waiting for outsiders to be fair in evaluating the stuation? War is always ugly. It is even uglier when one side has unlimited international support and the other is viewed as terrorists. Isn't it time for all falastenians to have a united front?
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