Hamas: Palestinian Authority colluding with U.S. Blackwater
The following article is reprinted with permission from Ma’an News Agency, Bethlehem.
Hamas: P.A. colluding with U.S. Blackwater
© Ma’an News Agency
January 13, 2011
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Following an agreement that would give private U.S. security group Blackwater access to the West Bank, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the move meant Palestinians were “under double attack.”
Chief of the P.A. security forces in the West Bank Adnan Dmeiri, who confirmed the arrival of the security personnel, said the agents would only be fulfilling their mandate to protect U.S. officials when they are in the West Bank and institutions in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
“They will not reside in Palestinian areas,” Dmeiri said, dismissing the concern.
Hamas’ Barhoum, however, accused the P.A. of coordinating with U.S. intelligence, and called the move a reflection of the “multinational authority” ruling the West Bank, which aims to “oppress the freedom of the Palestinians, their sovereignty on their land enable the Israeli occupation to apply its agenda of rubbing out all those defending the Palestinian cause.”
The arrival of Blackwater security personnel to Palestine “represents the largest danger to the lives and sovereignty of Palestinians,” Barhoum said, adding that he believed it “confirmed the existence of U.S.-Israel security cooperation,” and would add to the “violations of freedoms and human rights already carried out in the West Bank.”
The Hamas spokesman called on the “Fatah Authority” to fall in line with the desires of Palestinians, to “resist the occupation,” and demanded that the P.A. refocus on the “national project.”