Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Tue927 2022

Last update02:07 AM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Issues > Activites
Mashaal to address British parliament
Mashaal to address British parliament
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is set to address a meeting of MPs and peers in the British Parliament via a video link from Damascus on Wednesday.
Saturday, April 25,2009 23:26
by Jonny Paul Jerusalem Post

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is set to address a meeting of MPs and peers in the British Parliament via a video link from Damascus on Wednesday.

Organized by independent MP Claire Short, a former Labor MP and government minister, and under the auspices of Liberal Democrat peer Lord John Alderdice, the meeting is set to discuss the notion that there can be no peace in the Middle East without speaking to the Islamist organization.

"Most serious commentators now believe that there can be no peace in the Middle East without talking to Hamas. In addition, we may be facing the last chance for a two-state solution," reads the invitation to the event.

"In 2006, Hamas won more than 65.2 percent of the vote in the Palestinian parliamentary elections. Since then, Gaza has been besieged, boycotted and bombarded. There has been great human misery, but no progress and no improved security for anyone, including Israel, which is still the target of missiles," says the invitation.

Israeli Ambassador to Britain Ron Prosor opposed Mashaal"s involvement in the meeting.

"Hamas"s charter states categorically that there is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad. One can only presume that those who invite terrorists to speak at Westminster either share this view or utterly fail to comprehend its implications," he said.

"Claire Short and Lord Alderdice offer no attempt to persuade Hamas to change its policies of missiles and murder. Instead, they attempt to sanitize, legitimize and reward an organization and ideology that remains committed to violence, bloodshed and the destruction of a sovereign state," Prosor added.

Britain, along with the European Union and US, deems Hamas a terrorist group and has pledged to isolate it until it adopts the Quartet principles - recognizing Israel, renouncing violence and accepting previous interim peace accords.

Prosor contended that "the British parliament is an icon of the democratic values to which Hamas is violently opposed. It"s ironic that the mother of all parliaments should play host to a leader who seeks to subjugate his people to a theocratic nightmare based on the oppression, torture and execution of religious and political opponents."

The British Foreign Office said on Tuesday that talking to Hamas would undermine the Palestinians who wanted peace.

"We are aware that some MPs are planning to talk to members of Hamas in a private capacity on Wednesday. There are no plans for any government contacts," the Foreign Office said.

"We do not believe it is productive to talk to Hamas directly. Hamas is a terrorist organization, they fire rockets at innocent civilians, they put ordinary Palestinians in harm"s way, and they murder and maim their political opponents. We believe that to talk to Hamas directly at this time would simply undermine those Palestinians who are committed to peace," a Foreign Office spokesperson said.

The Foreign Office added that the Arab League had mandated Egypt to communicate with Hamas and that it was in regular contact with both.

Short resigned from then-prime minister Tony Blair"s cabinet in 2003 to protest Britain"s involvement in Iraq.

In a 2007 article in the Irish Times, Short condemned Israel as being guilty of "bloody, brutal and systematic annexation of land, destruction of homes and the deliberate creation of an apartheid system."

She also said that Britain and the European Union were "colluding in this operation and the building of a new apartheid regime" because they gave Israel preferential trade access.

Short supports a boycott of Israel, saying at a 2007 UN conference that a boycott had worked for South Africa and that Israel was "much worse than the original apartheid state."

In 2005, Short said US backing for "Israeli policies of expansion of the Israeli state and oppression of the Palestinian people" was the major cause of bitter division and violence in the world.

Last month, Short was part of a delegation of four British MPs who met Mashaal in Damascus.

The Source


Posted in Activites , Human Rights , Palestine  
Related Articles
Mishaal to House of Commons: The only door to peace is to end the occupation
Mishaal: Obama using new language towards Middle East
Greek and Italian MPs meet with Mishaal, call for recognizing Hamas
European MPs call in meeting with Mishaal for opening dialog with Hamas
Mishaal: Occupation is responsible if Egypt’s efforts fail
Mishaal welcomes any initiative to support the Palestinian cause
Mishaal: We’ll build national authority for the Palestinians at home and abroad
Mishaal explains to Mousa Hamas’s views on dialog
Mishaal calls for a meeting between Hamas and Fatah to break the ice
Mishaal: Hamas will help make Egypt’s efforts for reconciliation succeed
Mishaal: Palestinians determined to break the siege
Mishaal: Israel should bear the consequences of refusing calm
Hamas says: no truth to a report about assassination of Mishaal’s aide
Mishaal: Hamas accepts a state on 1967 borders without recognizing occupation
Nazzal: Carter-Mishaal meetings "positive"
Mishaal: Israel trying to open channel of communication with Hamas
Mishaal: Palestinians entitled to resist occupation with all available means
Hamas delegation headed by Mishaal heads to Cairo
Mishaal asks Arab FMs to back Egyptian border opening
Mishaal: The mass entry of Gazans into Egypt a popular decision
Mishaal: Return of electricity to Gaza a correction of a wrong situation
Mishaal calls on Arab and Islamic nation to act urgently to save the Gaza people
Mishaal: Bush is fully responsible for the Israeli massacre in Gaza
Mishaal: Our people has no other option but to resist occupation
Mishaal calls Abbas, stresses political partnership
Mishaal condemns ongoing aggression on Lebanon, describes Israeli kidnap of Duwaik as
Jesse Jackson meets Mishaal to mediate over captured IOF soldier
Mishaal praises Galloway’s courageous stands
Abbas phones Mishaal over formation of unity government
Mishaal … Go To Riyadh