Hamas decries PA-Israeli conspiracy in Gaza crisis

Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority all collaborate to starve Gaza, says Hamas spokesman

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Palestinians in Ramallah protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza (photo credit:  Issam Rimawi/FLASH90)
Palestinians in Ramallah protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/FLASH90)

Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are all implicit in reinforcing the siege on the Gaza Strip, claimed a Hamas spokesman on Sunday.

In an interview with Gaza-based daily Felesteen, Sami Abu-Zuhri exposed the contents of internal Palestinian intelligence (Mukhabarat) reports, revealing Arab-Israeli cooperation in preventing fuel and medical supplies from reaching the Gaza Strip.

Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in February in Doha, Qatar, agreeing on the appointment of PA President Mahmoud Abbas as interim prime minister in a bid to expedite Palestinian elections. But on Sunday Hamas referred to Fatah as its bitter enemy.

“The Authority in Ramallah committed an unpardonable crime by conspiring against Gaza and drowning it in crises in order to bring [Gaza] to its knees and force Hamas to accept sinful international agreements signed by Fatah,” Abu-Zuhri told Felesteen, adding a tacit threat whereby “Hamas will not remain silent at the repeated crimes perpetrated by Fatah against the Palestinian people.”

Gaza has suffered repeated power and fuel shortages over the past weeks as a result of tightened Egyptian security measures against smuggling tunnels between Sinai and the Gaza Strip.

On Friday Hamas brought an estimated 200,000 Gaza residents to the streets in a demonstration it dubbed “Friday of illuminating Gaza and exposing the conspiracy.” During the demonstration, Hamas leader Khalil Haya accused the PA of attempting to topple the Hamas government in collaboration with Israel and the United States.

Fatah, for its part, lashed back at Hamas Sunday, accusing it of  arresting more than 50 Fatah officials in the Gaza Strip over the weekend. Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf told Ma’an news agency that “this new crime … emphasizes [Hamas’] insistence on completing its plan to thwart the Doha announcement.”

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