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PLO urges Hamas to sever ties with Muslim Brotherhood
Published Saturday 28/12/2013 (updated) 29/12/2013 21:59
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Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh greets Brotherhood-affiliated Egyptian
Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi (MaanImages/file)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Several leaders from various factions in the PLO on Saturday urged Hamas to dissociate itself from the Muslim Brotherhood, some calling the Egyptian organization a "terrorist group."

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."

"Confirm loyalty to the Palestinian people and the question of Palestine," Jamal Muheisin urged Hamas.

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.

"The (Hamas) movement's subordination to the Muslim Brotherhood organization has weakened the Palestinian position," Mahmoud Ismail said.

He called Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2006-2007 "a military coup" that "split the Palestinian homeland into two parts."

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.

Representatives of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Palestine People's Party echoed the calls for Hamas to declare itself independent from the Brotherhood.

The statements came days after the Egyptian government officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization whose members would be subject to interrogation and punishment.

Additionally, PLO executive committee members accused Hamas of interfering in the affairs of other Arab countries, "especially Egypt and Syria."

Hamas should "respect the will of Arab peoples, especially the Egyptians who ousted the Muslim Brotherhood regime," the Secretary-general of the Palestinian Democratic Union Fida said, referring to a popularly supported military overthrow of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Representatives of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the PPSF reiterated this sentiment.

Fatah officials have slammed Hamas for its alleged support of the rebel army in Syria, even though officially Hamas has declared itself neutral. Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in addition to Hamas leader Aziz Duwaik have made public statements in support of the rebels.

Egyptian army authorities earlier in December accused Morsi of collaborating with Hamas during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. They said Hamas was involved in organizing mass prison breaks and "terrorist attacks."

'We don't want to be punished the way they're punished in Egypt'

Gaza government spokeswoman Isra Almodallal told Ma'an 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 said Hamas agreed that "at this particular time" it is best to remain neutral in the affairs of other Arab countries.

When asked to comment on the PLO's accusations that Hamas prioritizes its Muslim Brotherhood interests over Palestinian national interests, she said she had no direct response.

But she said no one besides Gazans understood the extent of the difficulty experienced by Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave. Outside perceptions of Hamas, she added, including PLO executive committee members' perceptions, are negatively shaped by the media.

At the same time, she stressed that Hamas is fighting for the Palestinians at large, not just for Gazans.

"We are not here to fight with any faction," she said. "We are here to defend ourselves and fight for the Palestinian issue.

Hamas was founded in 1987 as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement.

The division between Hamas and Fatah began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.
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1 ) Hilary Lickbody / Canada
28/12/2013 17:31
'' ......dissociate itself from the Muslim Brotherhood''. Well thats not going to down very well with the Brothers in Gaza City, especially after all they have done for the people of Gaza. Well, there are the free copies of the Koran, parades, flags and bunting for a start.

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
28/12/2013 17:43
The PLO was lying when it recently said "Unity at any price", to Hamas, just like The PLO was lying when in 1993 when it promised - "No unilateral actions, - to end incitement, - to remove calls to destroy Israel" from it's Charter, and - to Negotiate", with Israel.

3 ) Mel / USA
28/12/2013 18:51
"Subordinate"?You mean like Fatah is,to "terrorist" Zionism?Or USG is "subordinate" to terrorist Zionism? 1945: UKG call Zionist IED bombers "terrorists".USG until 2008: called RESISTANCE HERO Nelson Mandela,a "terrorist" for his refusal to subordinate S/A/ to white-supremacist apartheid.PLO is a ghost of what it was & PA/Fatah are shackled by Israel.Now couped Egypt is back in USG shackles,like Jordan! ALL Palestinians have a right to RESIST the "subordination"that Fatah/PLO accepts,M/B or NOT!

4 ) Ghassan / Palestine
28/12/2013 19:45
Hamas will leave their "brothers" Muslim brotherhood and will tie withe their "sisters" US & Israel

5 ) Mel / USA
28/12/2013 20:11
& p.s."Confirm loyalty to the Palestinian people and the question of Palestine," Jamal Muheisin urged Hamas."? What about u "confirming loyalty to the Palestinian"rightful state,UNITED,instead of passively watching,standing by as Israel tightens YOUR factional neck-collar,steals MORE of Palestine so there can-ultimately-be NO Palestine & all Palestinians are expelled or a few left in Bantustan W/B as slaves to 'Pharoah Zion'!What price,in shekels is your 'loyalty' to Israeli "interests" Jamal?

6 ) Unkown / Truth
28/12/2013 20:29
PLO was on the terror list, they were removed from the list after they legitimized the occupation

7 ) Outlier / USA
28/12/2013 20:34
It would be a smart move, but Hamas - as it demonstrates frequently - is not smart.

8 ) reality / usa
28/12/2013 20:59
Hey PA severe ties with Israel

9 ) UmJibreel / Iceland
28/12/2013 21:12
The PLO are nothing but real estate brokers for Israel. They are concerned about what America thinks of Hamas and the Brotherhood?! What hypocrisy! The same US that sends billions of dollars in aid to Israel so it can continue its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people?! The same US that looks the other way while more illegal settlements are being built? The same US that offers nothing but lip service as a front, to make it appear as if they are not slaves to the zionist colonizers?!

10 ) The Urging / The Impossible
29/12/2013 03:19
The "PLO urges Hamas to sever ties with Muslim Brotherhood", and Hamas urges the PLO to sever negotiations with Israel, and Neither will (or possibly even can) comply with the other's urging !!

11 ) Hamas & Qaradawi Fan / Ard Rabbina
29/12/2013 16:13
Oh, how disappointing, I thought the picture indicated that Sheik Qaradawi was going to visit Gaza agin & try out his new Palestinian passport. Isra Al Modallal seems to have got the balance right in her statement about Hamas, well done. We should also remember that Hamas was demonised by the West long before the issues in Egypt erupted; the incident at Ibrahmi Mosque in Hebron in 1994, which pushed the boundries of Hamas & from which they have since retreated from. Stop 'tarring' & move forward

12 ) Ali / Syria
29/12/2013 20:09
Israel is the enemy not your brothers in gaza!

13 ) Um Muhammed / France
30/12/2013 01:05
Since when has Hamas been disloyal to the interests of the Palestinian people? It has sought many times to engage, previously offered a long term truce (to Israel), & tried to reconcile with Fatah. The PLO should think back to the 2006 elections whereby Hamas (upon winning) was sanctioned by US, Isreal et al, who later put pressure on Fatah to disengage from the Unity Gov. Hamas was left isolated & alone to deal with Gaza & the blockade. If it sought support outside, it was not out of disloyalty

14 ) Peace / Usa
30/12/2013 19:30
Just do it!! Try it for a change, we know what to expect when you obey MB let try something different
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