A Hamas delegation visited the Church of the Latin Monastery in Gaza, on Saturday, to express the movementâ€™s congratulations to the Christian Palestinians.
Senior Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh reiterated the close relationship between the Muslims and the Christians in Palestine andÂ reaffirmed his complete solidarity with Palestinian Christians who confront the Israeli plans and schemes aimed at obliterating the Christian identity and desecrating the holy sites in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem.
Haniyeh has rejected Israeli attempts to pass a draft bill, in the Knesset, to seize the Christian holy sites across Palestine. He condemned Israeli attacks on the Islamic and Christian endowment, in Jerusalem and in other parts of Palestine.
Haniyeh said that both Palestinian Muslims and Christians enjoy rock-solid relations.
â€śIâ€™m proud of the high level integration between the Palestinian Christians and Muslims,â€ť he said.
Haniyeh clarified, according to Al Ray, that Hamas, along with the Palestinian people, has no problem with Christianity or Judaism, but it struggles against the Zionist movement and occupation to the land of Palestine.
Many Hamas leaders accompanied Haniyeh on his visit, including Dr. Basim Naim, Dr. Salah al-Bardawil, Fawzi Barhoum, Taher al-Nunu, Mahmoud Merdwi, and Sheikh Hasan al-Juju.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.