UN refuses to criticize Hamas

Sunday, November 18, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The United Nations at the weekend rejected a Palestinian Authority attempt to criticize Hamas' violent seizure of the Gaza Strip in an upcoming resolution designed to once again condemn Israel.

The resolution decrying Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria is to be voted on later this week by the UN's Decolonization Committee, reported Ha'aretz. Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority wanted to use the opportunity to also slam Hamas for launching a violent coup against its rule in Gaza earlier this year.

But the representatives of several Arab states sitting on the committee harshly rebuffed the Palestinian Authority, insisting that criticism of Hamas would blunt their condemnation of Israel.

Russia reportedly made clear that it backed the wider Arab position, and would tolerate no criticism of Hamas' takeover of Gaza. Russia was the first to break with an international boycott of Hamas earlier this year when President Vladimir Putin invited senior representatives of the terrorist organization for a state visit.

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