Barhoum: PA’s torture of Hamas’s people is only a matter of time

[ 20/12/2010 – 08:01 PM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement Monday that the Palestinian Authority’s torture of his party’s elements was only a matter of time.

“The Hamas movement is greater than your prisons,” Barhoum said, addressing the Fatah party. “The time for Hamas’s heroes is definitely coming, and your pleasure in torturing our people is a matter of time only. In the end, will and resistance shall triumph.”

Barhoum called on Hamas supporters in the West Bank to confront Fatah intelligence officials. “Our national and religious duty calls for challenge not surrender.”

He placed some of the blame on rights groups and factions in Palestine that have abandoned their responsibilities and stand as a whole on the sidelines amid the violations.

Lawmakers in Palestine have become frustrated over the breaches in law and freedoms in the Fatah-controlled West Bank.

“As politicians we condemn the violations of law and freedoms, and harassment of prisoners that is taking place,” said Omar Abdel Raziq, a Hamas MP in the Palestinian Legislative Committee.

Abdel Raziq stressed that the PA political arrests and torture against Hamas affiliates is unlawful and unconstitutional, and accused Fatah of rebelling against the law.

“The conditions of detainees in PA prisons, those among them who went on hunger strike in particular, is very disturbing in light of restrictions on visits, and their going their twenty fifth day of striking.”

“We fear over the endless possibilities against their lives, so we are holding PA officials liable in releasing them immediately.”

The Rights for All group in Switzerland has announced launching a campaign to end the PA’s humanitarian violations. The group has made several contacts with UN rights organizations in an effort to pressure the PA to release all political prisoners.

The rights fund placed particular stress on the European Union, as one of the largest financial and political sponsors of the PA, to pressure the West Bank authority, arguing that funds received are used to torture and violate the human rights of the people.

Barhoum: PA’s torture of Hamas’s people is only a matter of time.

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