The Palestinian Hamas movement has lashed out at the Palestinian Authority (PA) over the leaked classified documents revealing the PA’s alleged cooperation with Israel.
Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for the Islamic movement, said on Monday that the discovery of the documents unveils a scheme drawn up by the PA and Israel to destroy the Palestinian cause.
His comments come on the heels of the release of over 16,000 controversial documents alleging that the PA made concessions to Israel during ‘secret talks’ between 2000 and 2010.
The documents, released by Al-Jazeera TV on Sunday, reveal that the PA secretly agreed to concede almost all of the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) to Israel. The leak alleges that the unprecedented proposal is just one of a string of concessions offered by the PA.
The documents also maintain that Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat proposed that al-Quds’ Old City be divided, but he immediately denied he had made the offer.
According to the report, PA leaders were privately tipped off about Israel’s 2008-9 war in Gaza, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians and injured thousands of others.
Early reports indicate that Palestinian Authority officials, including PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas, have strongly denied the allegations.