The head of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement’s political bureau has denounced establishing diplomatic relations with Israel as “a major political sin.”
In letters sent to leaders of more than 30 Arab and Islamic countries, Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday warned that the recent Arab normalization agreements have emboldened the Israeli regime to escalate its aggressive policies against the Palestinian nation.
“The current wave of normalization has taken place as the Zionist terrorism and aggression against our land and people are escalating and the unjust blockade on the Gaza Strip is ongoing and as the occupation persists in executing its criminal schemes,” he said.
Among some of the significant Israeli violations are settlement expansion, land confiscation, the Judaization of Jerusalem al-Quds, attempts to divide the al-Aqsa Mosque, the obliteration of Islamic and Christian landmarks, and demolition and displacement campaigns, he said.
Haniyeh went on to say that recent normalization accords pose serious threats to the interests of Muslim nations and is a “treacherous stab” in the back of the Palestinian people.
“The Zionist occupying regime has always been the common enemy of the entire Arab and Muslim nations,” he said.
He also called the Arab normalization of ties with the occupation state as “a breach of the Arab and Islamic consensus and a violation of the resolutions that had been issued by the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).”
Haniyeh had earlier called for the enforcement of laws that criminalize any form of normalization with the Tel Aviv regime, and initiatives aimed at raising the awareness of Arabs and Muslims about the Palestinian cause.
In September, Hamas denounced the Arab League over its failure to condemn last month’s deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel on establishment of full diplomatic relations, saying it amounts to “official Arab legislation for normalization.”