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Monday, June 24, 2013

Hamas official: Toppling Assad more urgent than jihad in 'Palestine'; Fatah: Nothing more important than 'Palestine'

The elected speaker of the 'Palestinian parliament,' Hamas' Abdul Aziz Dweik, told an Algerian newspaper on Monday that toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is more urgent than fomenting jihad in 'Palestine.'
Abdel Aziz Dweik, Speaker of the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council [PLC], told the Arabic newspaper Echorouk, said that keeping Assad's regime in power was tantamount to "the heart and chest of the Palestinian cause."
Removing the Syrian dictatorship, he said, would pave the way for boosting the Palestinian cause.
Dweik, who's is Hamas's top political representative in the West Bank, said that although the Palestinian issue remains at the top of the agenda of Muslim scholars, halting the bloodshed in Syria has become a top and urgent priority for Muslims.
He said that the PLC fully supported the Syrian opposition in its efforts to "stop the bloodshed, which is a priority over anything else, including Jihad in Palestine."
The 'moderate' Fatah terror organization is seething.
Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf condemned Dweik's statements as "extremely dangerous and harmful to the national interests of the Palestinian people."
Assaf said that involving the Palestinians in the Syrian conflict and other internal Arab disputes would cause severe damage to the Palestinians' "national project."
Dweik's statements do not represent the Palestinians, he added.
And Dweik, who lives in territory controlled by Fatah, has walked his statement back a bit.
Dweik said that his remarks had been taken out of context. "Jihad and resistance have never stopped on the land of Palestine," Dweik explained. "There is no priority over jihad and the liberation of Palestine."
Dweik said that he what he meant in the interview was that halting the bloodshed in Syria should have priority over anything else, "and this does not mean jihad in Palestine."
Hillary Clinton is reported to have responded 'what does it matter anyway'?


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