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Hamas Sides with Osama

10:24 AM, May 2, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Reuters reports that the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has taken Osama bin Laden's side: 

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday condemned the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden and mourned him as an "Arab holy warrior."

"We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood," Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told reporters. 

Though he noted doctrinal differences between bin Laden's al Qaeda and Hamas, Haniyeh said: "We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs."

As Jen Rubin notes, "This is the mentality of one-half of the new Palestinian unity government. This is the crowd whom the 'international community' expects Israel to recognize and to cede territory next to the Jewish state’s population centers."

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