The meeting between the Islamic movement’s leader and the four rabbis, members of Neturei Karta movement, lasted for nearly two hours at his office in Gaza city.
The rabbis, whose small movement calls for dismantling the state of Israel, arrived in Gaza last night as part of a Viva Palestine convoy, which included some 200 American and international pro-Palestinian activists, led by British MP George Galloway.
“Hamas has no problem with the Jews, the problem is only with the Israeli occupation which is based on the Zionism,” Haneya told reporters after the meeting.
Haneya praised the Jews who “expressed their rejection to the occupation” by joining the aid convoy. “You reject the existence of people on the land of other people, so we have nothing but to respect these positions and appreciate your ideology,” Haneya addressed the rabbis.
Below video: Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta International, Jews United Against Zionism, speaking to the press in Cairo on July 6, 2009, on his goal in participating in the Viva Palestina aid convoy from USA to Gaza via Egypt.
The convoy is the second in four months Galloway brings into the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip. “This convoy is of a special interest because most of its members have come from the United States,” Haneya added.
The U.S. government deems Hamas a foreign terrorist organization since its charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. But Haneya said the American presence in the convoy “proves that not all the American people are supporting the Israeli occupation and the siege.”