Hamas Member Wants Abbas Brought to Court for ‘High Treason’

Supporters of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al-Ahrar movement, protest against Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on May 2, 2017

The Jerusalem Post reports: Hamas officials have accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of thwarting regional and international efforts to achieve a truce between the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist groups and Israel.

The officials said that the protests against Israel will continue until the blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted. On Friday, a senior Hamas official called for bringing Abbas to trial before a Palestinian court for “high treason.” The appeal came amid reports that Egypt, under pressure from Abbas. has suspended its efforts to mediate a truce agreement between Hamas and Israel.

Ahmed Bahr, a Hamas official who also serves as deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, said Abbas was refusing to end the Hamas-Fatah dispute. Abbas, he added, was also continuing to insist that Hamas hand over its weapons to the Ramallah-based PA government.
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