Monday, May 2, 2011

Hamas expresses support for bin Laden; calls his killing a crime.

The MP for Change and Reform, Ismail Ashqar, said that the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a crime and state terrorism practiced by the United States of America. He argued that he was killed outside the law, and that the U.S. alone is responsible for this crime.

He said in a press statement: "The killing of Osama bin Laden is state terrorism practiced by Americans against Muslims. They could have arrested him and presented him to a fair trial. His killing is a crime in itself and a provocation against Islam and Muslims."


He also said that Hamas agree with bin Laden on some issues and differ with him on other issues.


Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas has denounced the assassination of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Haniyeh said during a meeting with reporters in Gaza: "If the news of the death of bin Laden is true, we say that this matter is a continuation of the U.S. policy of murder and oppression and we deplore the assassination of a Mujahid, a Muslim and an Arab man and call upon God to bestow His mercy."

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