Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has condemned recent remarks made by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair, who said the Gaza-based movement was “extremist”.
In a statement released on Saturday, Hamas said that the Saudi foreign minister seeks to mislead the public opinion and distort the image of the legitimate Palestinian resistance.
Hamas said that these remarks would encourage the Israeli regime to commit further crimes against the Palestinian people.
Jubair’s claims are inconsistent with the Muslim world’s stance towards the Palestinian cause and its support for the Palestinian people.
Addressing the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday, al-Jubair described Hamas as “extremist” and claimed that Qatar had stopped its support for the Palestinian movement and this has “facilitated the handover” of government offices in Gaza to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority.
The handover was actually part of a historic reconciliation deal reached between the resistance movement and its rival Fatah party in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, last year.