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Hamas Condemns US Assassination of Osama Bin Laden

May 3, 2011
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The statements came against the backdrop of an expected interim government deal between Hamas and Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party set to take place later this week.  

In their coverage of the Palestinian response to bin Laden’s death, The New York Times quoted a Hamas lawmaker as calling the US assassination of bin Laden “state terrorism,” saying the US could have arrested and tried the Al-Qaeda leader. The Hamas lawmaker also highlighted differences between Hamas and Al-Qaeda, noting that Al-Qaeda targets the US as the enemy, but Hamas only fights against Israel.

The Palestinian Authority [PA], for their part, expressed support for the US killing of bin Laden. The New York Times quoted Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as calling the assassination “a major, mega landmark event, ending the life of a person who was involved in egregious acts of terror and destruction.”

A new poll conducted in March and April from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project shows that, among Palestinian Muslims, confidence in bin Laden to do the right thing in world affairs had plunged since 2003 from a stunning 72% who had confidence in the terrorist to 34% this year.  

That figure, however, still ranked the Palestinians as the highest supporters of bin Laden among the Muslims in the six nations with available poll results. Second highest was Indonesia at 26%, while the lowest was Lebanon at just 1%. In 2010, 48% of Nigerian Muslims had confidence in bin Laden, but they were not among the nations polled in 2011. The other nations polled this year were Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt.

Muslim Palestinians also led the six nations polled in viewing Al-Qaeda favorably with 28% holding such a view. However, more than two-thirds (68%) of Muslim Palestinians held an unfavorable view of the terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanayhu congratulated the Americans on the successful removal of bin Laden. In a statement posted on the Prime Minister’s Office Web site and on Youtube, Netanayhu said, “This is an historic day for the United States of America and for all the countries engaged in the battle against terrorism. I want to congratulate President Obama and the American people. I want to congratulate America’s soldiers and its intelligence personnel for a truly outstanding achievement.  

“It took ten years to track Osama bin Laden down. It took ten years to bring a measure of justice to his victims. But the battle against terrorism is long and relentless and resolute. This is a day of victory—a victory for justice, for freedom and for our common civilization.”

In a statement published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon linked bringing bin Laden to justice to the justice finally brought upon the Nazis, as remembered in Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, which began Sunday evening [May 1].

Said Ayalon, “This successful operation sends the important message that terror and evil will find no permanent shelter and will eventually be destroyed, just as the Nazis decades before. The rejoinder to remember and never forget is not about revenge, but about seeking justice. Regardless of time murderers and terrorists will receive the justice they deserve.”

Posted on May 3, 2011

Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, May 2, 2011)

Photo Credit: The Israel Project

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