A high-level delegation from Hamas movement, led by its political bureau chief Ismail Haneyya, on Wednesday visited the Orthodox Church in Gaza to congratulate them on the new year.
Addressing the church officials, Haneyya hailed the strong brotherly relations between the Palestinian Christians and Muslims, and applauded the atmosphere of coexistence between them.
Haneyya expressed his movement’s full solidarity with the Christians in all Palestinian territories, especially in Jerusalem where they are constantly targeted with Israeli schemes aiming to obliterate their identity and stealing their holy sites.
Any aggression on Islamic or Christian sanctities is completely rejected, he stressed.
The Hamas leader expressed his hopes for a Palestinian national unity on a sound basis despite the various obstacles.
Haneyya was accompanied by the head of the Higher Religious Judicial Council, Hasan al-Jojo, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, and other senior officials.