Hamas appeals for release of French hostages

31st August 2004, Comments 0 comments

GAZA CITY, Aug 31 (AFP) - The radical Palestinian movement Hamas appealed Tuesday for the release of two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq, recalling France's opposition to the US-led war and its policy towards the Palestinians.

GAZA CITY, Aug 31 (AFP) - The radical Palestinian movement Hamas appealed Tuesday for the release of two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq, recalling France's opposition to the US-led war and its policy towards the Palestinians.  

"Hamas appeals to the Islamic Army in Iraq to release the two French journalists without delay and we think that such a measure would have a positive influence on the popular

French policies towards Palestine and Iraq," the movement said in a statement.   "Hamas has been following with great concern the developments over the kidnap of the two journalists who were carrying out their work which is to report on the facts."  

The kidnappers of Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot have threatened to kill the pair unless France repeals a controversial law banning Islamic head scarves, and other religious insignia, from state schools.  

But Hamas said that the journalists could "not be held responsible for the actions of their government."  

"Furthermore, France has adopted a hostile position to the aggression in Iraq and has steadfastly refused to condone the American policy of aggression," it added.  

Hamas also pointed out that France was seen as supporter of the Palestinian cause.

The government in Paris has infuriated the Israeli government by continuing to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.  

France "has adopted a more progressive position towards the Palestinian cause than other European countries."

 

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