Hamas slams Abbas’s participation in Paris unity march

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar refers to Abbas’s participation as “hypocrisy”; Over 5,000 additional police officers deployed to Jewish sites through out France; Netanyahu visits HyperCacher supermarket, meets with Jewish leaders in Paris

Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar

Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar (Reuters)

A senior Hamas official has criticized Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas for his participation in Sunday’s unity march in Paris. The Palestinian Authority released a statement condemning the terror attacks, Abbas marching alongside world leaders including Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Hamas senior official Mamoud Zahar referred to Abbas’s participation as hypocritical stating, “This behavior is part of the hypocrisy and political juggling act Abbas is used to; he thinks that this will earn the sympathy of nations” adding that, “First he should take care of his own people.”

Zahar went on to state that “Abbas wants to look as if he fights terrorism, even though he does not know the meaning of terrorism… We condemn any action against any country, but Abbas must first discover solidarity for his own people.” Zahar went on to accuse Abbas of being an “illegitimate leader of the Palestinian people”.

Meanwhile in France, over 5,000 extra police officers have been deployed to Jewish sites through out France following Friday’s terror attack. According to France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve over 700 police officers will be placed at the over 717 Jewish schools through out the country to the already 4,100 armed police (gendarmes).

France’s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that, “The threats remain and we have to protect ourselves from them. It is an internal operation that will mobilize almost as many men as we have in our overseas operations.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that, “Synagogues, Jewish schools, but also mosques will be protected because in the past few days there have been a number of attacks against mosques.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the HyperCacher supermarket on Monday following a visit with French Jewish leaders. During the meeting he stated that “If the world does not unite now against terrorism, the blows that terrorism has struck here will increase in a magnitude that can scarcely be conceived; therefore, I hope that Europe will unite. I hope that it will also take action…

He added that “Israel supports Europe in the struggle against terrorism and the time has come for Europe to support Israel in the exact same struggle.” He summarized his visit by stating the “The visit to Paris was also a moment of general solidarity with humanity.”

Netanyahu visits the scene of Friday's terror attack

Netanyahu visits the scene of Friday’s terror attack

He released a statement following his visit to the site of the terror attack: This afternoon I visited “Hyper Cacher”, where the terror attack took place on Friday. I met there with Celine, who was one of the hostages and she told me about what happened during the attack. There is a direct line between the attacks of extremist Islam around the world and the attack that took place here, in the kosher hypermarket in the heart of Paris. I expect every leader, after we marched together through the streets of Paris, to fight terror as it is, even if it is directed against Israel and Jews. If it were up to me, I would always see to it that Israel walks at the front row of nations when it comes to its security and its future.