The Islamic Resistance movement Hamas on Thursday said the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was planning to push for more sanctions against the resistance group after comments he made a day earlier about his country's close ties with Israel.
"U.S. policy will not depart from the blatant bias towards the Zionist enemy," Hamas leader Mushir al-Masri told al-Araby's Arabic channel when asked about Kerry's comments. He added that Washington's policy still showed a "double standard," and "supports the executioner against the victim."
On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech stressing U.S.-Israel cooperation in enforcing sanctions against Hamas.
"In fact, we have established an unprecedented level of cooperation with Israel on military and intelligence issues," the U.S. top diplomat said. "We are coordinating in enforcing sanctions and in trying to stop terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah from getting the financing and the weapons that they seek."
But Masri said that "Washington represents the other face of Israel, unfortunately Israel uses it as a tool to legitimize its crimes against Palestinians in an attempt to improve its disgusting image."
While the U.S., due to its close ties with Israel, continues to label Hamas as a terrorist organization, other Western entities have pushed to remove the label. In December, an EU court ruled that Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.
Kerry's comments come at time of increasing violence in Israel and Palestine and as dozens of Palestinians have been killed and many more injured as the Israeli army and police crackdown on anti-occupation protests in the West Bank.
In a press statement, Sami Abu-Zuhri, a Hamas spokesperson, said Kerry's remarks were "inhumane," and said that by blindly supporting Israel, the U.S. administration had given a green light to “the continuation of Israeli war crimes, especially regarding extrajudicial executions.”
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