Sunday, January 29, 2006

Arab-Americans concerned at Hamas victory

A number of Arab-American groups expressed concern at Hamas’ electoral win.

“This election doesn’t make me happy. It doesn’t make me happy at all,” James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, told the Journal News, a newspaper in Westchester, N.Y. Hamas, a terrorist group that advocates Israel’s destruction, swept Wednesday’s elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council.

The American Task Force on Palestine warned Hamas that “the only way for Palestinians to achieve statehood on Palestinian lands occupied since 1967 is through the exercise of non-violence and a process of political negotiation.” The Free Muslim Coalition, which backs many Bush administration Middle East policies, said it was “disappointed” by the results. However, the groups called on the world to respect the election results.

The institute and the task force blamed the results in part on the conditions of Israel’s occupation.

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