Hamas Palestine papers threat in Guardian

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

A top Hamas representative has used a British newspaper to threaten an "immediate response" to the release of the Palestine Papers. Writing in the Guardian on Wednesday, Osama Hamdan, described as the head of the Hamas international relations department, said meetings had begun to "discuss practical measures".

He wrote: "As an immediate response to these revelations, we in Hamas have begun a series of communications and meetings with Palestinian factions and prominent personalities to discuss practical measures." He claimed the alleged concessions described in the documents would have "represented the biggest act of treason in the region's history".

Mr Hamdan has previously been reported as saying he wanted to wipe Israel "off the face of the Earth" and has defended suicide attacks.

Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies, said that offering "such a substantial platform" to Hamas put "the newspaper's journalistic credibility into question".

A Guardian spokesperson said the piece was part of a series presenting "a range of opinions from all sides".

Last updated: 3:25pm, January 27 2011