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PFLP: Hamas should not abandon ideology
Published Monday 30/12/2013 (updated) 12/01/2014 11:53
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PFLP supporters pictured during a rally in Gaza.(MaanImages/file)
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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1 ) Stop isolating Palestine / Gaza
30/12/2013 18:40
Hamas only involves itself with charity branch of brotherhood. Brotherhood has many branches.

2 ) Robby / USA
30/12/2013 19:45
Sounds like a mixed message. The people's health, welfare and safety should be THE priority.

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
30/12/2013 20:18
HAMAS' IDEOLOGY, the fantasy of destroying the Jewish state, "ABANDONS" PALESTINE.

4 ) spb / usa
30/12/2013 20:33
exactly you don't change a 'winning' horse in the middle of the race right?

5 ) Honesty / USA
30/12/2013 20:33
If, as YOU LIE (an abomination), "Hamas only involves itself with charity", then it should renounce all forms of armed struggle, which would: -1- greatly help with a PLO-Hamas Unity efforts, and -2- lead to it being de-listed as a terrorist group, and help financially, in it's "charity" efforts !!

6 ) Hamas Fan / Ard Rabbina
30/12/2013 21:19
Hamas should 'ride the storm' & remain true to its ideology. It has stated its position via Isra Al Modallal & is seeking to make peace with all sides. That should be sufficient. The PLO should respect 'difference' & stop trying to mould Hamas into what it 'believes' the West & Isreal want for Hamas to be included in the on going process. Hamas should be respected for what it is when it comes to the table & vice versa. Many people in Palestine agree with Hamas ideology & they vote for them!

7 ) Outlier / USA
31/12/2013 05:17
Almondallal should know people will think of Hamas as they wish, based on Hamas' actions. At the moment, Hamas in Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood are equal in demonstrating they are all about themselves and their causes and not about helping or protecting the populaces of their respective countries.

8 ) Johnny benson / USA
31/12/2013 05:47
Good idea.....let them dig themselves a even bigger hole

9 ) Faris wa Jamel / UAE
31/12/2013 18:41
Shirgarr didn't change tack, why should Hamas! Keep on going to the finish boys.
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