Zahhar: UN flotilla report biased, justifies siege on Palestinians

[ 03/09/2011 – 05:15 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahhar accused Saturday the UN-commissioned Palmer report into Israel’s 2010 flotilla attack of not being neutral, as it deemed the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip legal.

He also called on Turkey to take further sanctions against Israel.

“When the report says the siege is legal, it justifies Israel’s blockage of any party or movement that wants to break the siege on 1.5m Palestinians in Gaza,” Zahhar said in a statement to Lebanon’s Al-Safir newspaper.

“The report has a clear bias against Turkey and the Palestinians and clearly comes as a result of Israel-American pressure,” he said.

“It is reasonable that Turkey would expel the Israeli ambassador and cut its ties with Israel,” Zahhar declared.

In a separate statement, Sawasya center for human rights in Gaza stated that the Palmer report’s justification of the Gaza siege makes the world community an accomplice in Israel’s five-year blockade, adding that the report gives Israel a “new green light” to commit more war crimes against the Palestinians.

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