Saturday, July 28, 2007
"GAZA, (PIC)-- Hamas Movement has sternly rejected the idea of allowing thousands of stranded Palestinian citizens through Israel-controlled crossing points, describing the idea as “an attempt to facilitate Israel’s mission in arresting Palestinians”.
The Movement was apparently reacting to statements uttered by member of Salam Fayyd’s “unconstitutional” PA government Ashraf Al-Ajrami that the stranded Palestinians will be allowed entry through [Israeli-controlled] alternative crossing points.
“Those indeed responsible for the tragic conditions of the stranded Palestinians at the Rafah crossing point are those who, now and then, suggest alternative exits with the aim to facilitate the Zionist occupation’s mission in arresting whom they wish among the Palestinian people”, affirmed Fawzi Barhoum, the spokesman of Hamas in Gaza Strip, as he lashed back at the “harmful” suggestions.
He said that the Rafah terminal is a Palestinian-Egyptian crossing point and is nearer to Gaza Strip than any other crossing point in occupied Palestine, accusing those suggesting unacceptable alternatives of increasing their people’s agony.
On the other hand, Barhoum shrugged off rumors that PA chief Mahmoud Abbas would issue a number of edicts amending the PA election law in a way that will deny Hamas Movement future majority in the PLC. “Let him (Abbas) issue what he wants, because, at the end, the truth will prevail, and I believe that a hysteric condition is engulfing Abbas since the Gaza events and routing of his security forces there, and I also believe that any decree he might issue in this concern won’t be implemented on the ground”, Barhoum underlined.
Meanwhile, Egyptian sources revealed that the Rafah crossing point might open before the stranded Palestinians Sunday and Monday to allow them into their homeland after two months of harsh experience.
The sources also added that the issue of Rafah terminal was discussed between Egypt-Jordan-Israeli foreign ministers in occupied Jerusalem a couple of days ago; affirming that the idea of allowing the stranded Palestinians through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing point was totally disregarded.
Palestinian resistance factions and majority of the stranded Palestinians have absolutely rejected to pass through alternative crossing points, and insisted on passing through the Rafah terminal being safer for them.
According to the sources, the Egyptian and European teams are ready for the opening of the border terminal once a decision from Ramallah in this regard is taken. Abbas and his cohorts in Ramallah city were opposing the opening of the terminal in a bid to tighten the grip on Hamas and to turn the Gaza Strip into a big jail for the Gazans in clear harmony with the Israeli plans.
The Strip is reportedly enjoying an unprecedented calm since Hamas took responsibility of security there. "