Bahar: World still punishing us over Hamas-won elections

[ 01/08/2011 – 12:03 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council has said that the world continues to punish the Gaza Strip and all Palestinians because of democratic election results that put Hamas in power.

”All funds earmarked for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after the war launched by [Israel] in late 2008 are still frozen because of clearly punitive reasons,” Bahar said while welcoming a delegation from Malaysia.

”Because of the Palestinians’ choice, they have punished all citizens, the ill, students, and others,” Bahar added, emphasizing the Palestinians’ demand of their basic right of freedom and dignity.

Malaysian Islamic parties have played an important role in supporting impoverished Gaza families, the Strip’s health sector and the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

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