Palestinian factions slam Kerry’s statements against Intifada
Palestinian national and Islamic movements declared their strong rejection to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements in which he described the Jerusalem Intifada a “terrorist”.
PLC First Deputy Speaker Dr. Ahmad Bahar said that Kerry’s statements constitute a green light for more Israeli crimes against Palestinians, condemning his bias to Israel.
Dr. Bahar asked the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “reconsider his relations with the U.S. administration following Kerry’s statements in which he linked the Palestinian resistance with terrorism.”
For his part, member of Hamas political bureau Ezat al-Resheq said that Kerry’s statement turned a blind eye to the Israeli daily crimes against Palestinian people.
Kerry’s statement condemned those who defend themselves and stood with the jailers, he said.
With his clear bias to Israel, Kerry becomes a partner in Israeli crimes against our children and women, the Hamas’ senior official underlined.
As long as the Israeli occupation continues, he added, our people have the right to defend themselves by all possible means.
In its turn, Islamic Jihad considered the Palestinian resistance operation at Zaatara checkpoint the best response to Kerry’s statements which “aim to end the Jerusalem Intifada.”
The Palestinian Democratic Front has also condemned Kerry’s recent statements, saying that he puts the executioner and the victim on equal footing.
Along the same line, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said that Kerry’s visit to the region mainly aims to stop the Jerusalem Intifada and to resume talks between the Palestinian and Israeli authorities.
Such visits will only escalate Israeli crimes against Palestinians, the PFLP said.
Kerry started earlier Tuesday a tour in the region by visiting Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories in an attempt to calm down the Jerusalem Intifada that has been ongoing for two months now.
Speaking before meeting with Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry expressed support for Israel’s right to “defend” itself from “terrorism” and “senseless violence,” in reference to the ongoing Palestinian uprising.