The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has accused the United Nations of supporting Israel over the crippling naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum on Saturday attacked the recent UN statement, which called for an end to the aid flotillas to the coastal enclave by sea.
“This call favors the occupation,” said Barhoum. “It contradicts international law and even constitutes cooperation with the occupation, allowing it to continue with its aggression without being held accountable.”
The Hamas spokesperson made the remarks after UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Friday that aid should be delivered only by land.
Barhoum argued that the UN should work to ensure that the blockade on Gaza is lifted completely and that all crossings into it be opened.
The United Nations released the statement after Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday threatened to prevent a new Lebanese convoy from reaching Gaza.
Two months ago, Israeli commandos attacked the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy, which was carrying thousands of tons of supplies to the Gazans, killing nine activists in international waters.
After the 2006 elections, which brought Hamas to power in the Gaza Strip, Israel blockaded the coastal sliver in June 2007, depriving 1.5 million Gazans of food, fuel and other life necessities.