- Nasir Khan: Hamas is a political party in the occupied Palestine. It stands for an end to the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the lifting of the Gaza blockade imposed illegally by Israel. Hamas is the legitimate ruling party in Gaza; it was democratically elected by the people of Gaza. It is part of the freedom movement and liberation from the clutches of an occupier. Israel on the other hand is a brutal occupier, not willing to end its occupation and oppression. It is Israel which is a terrorist state. It keeps its occupation by war, terror and hasbara lies against a captive population – all with the economic, military and diplomatic support of the United States.
- Middle East Monitor, Wednesday, 06 August 2014
Carter added: “There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defence Forces are conducting this war. Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals.”
Carter stressed that attacks targeting civilians constitute war crimes, and the perpetrators of these crimes should be questioned about their actions and punished for them. He called on the United States and the European Union to recognise that Hamas is not only a military organisation, but also a political force.
“Only by recognising its legitimacy as a political actor – one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people – can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons,” he explained.