Confusion Follows Trump's Tweeted Threat To Cut Aid To Palestinians

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2018

Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesmen in Gaza, said that the PLO "should immediately withdraw its recognition of the Israeli entity", reports Xinhua.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations (OCHA), the injuries inflicted on the Palestinians by the occupation forces since December 6 - after Trump named Jerusalem the capital of Israel - constitute approximately 56 percent of all those registered during 2017.

While both groups are designated as terrorist organizations by the United States and Israel, IS sees Hamas as a nationalist movement that does not adhere to the strict interpretation of Islam. It also accused Hamas of "following in the footsteps of the disbelieving West".

Just a month ago previous year, President Trump infuriated Muslims all over the Middle East led by the Palestinians when he announced that the USA government would move their embassy from Tel Aviv to the newly proposed capital of Jerusalem.

On January 3, Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum called the threats to defund UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority "cheap political blackmail" that "reflects American barbaric behavior".

In the past, Trump has expressed support for the Taylor Force Act, a bill that would see US aid to the PA slashed if it continued its "pay-for-slay" policy of rewarding terrorists and their families with stipends for the murder of Israelis.

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Leaders around the world have gotten used to this "bluster", Wittes says, but they should not discount it.

The video goes on to criticize Hamas' new manifesto released in May, saying Hamas watered down its anti-Semitic language and offered to moderate its position toward Israel, distancing itself from Islamist groups in a bid for global recognition.

"Maqdisi, who hails from Gaza and is now an Isis preacher in Sinai, said in the footage: "[Hamas] uses its smuggled weapons to empower that which was not revealed by God.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

"They attempt to besiege the jihadists on the land of Sinai through direct security cooperation with [the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah] el-Sissi's intelligence forces", al-Maqdisi added.

'It also fights supporters of the Islamic State in Gaza and the Sinai and prevents the migration of these supporters from Gaza to the Sinai'.

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