Daily Israel Report

Hamas Demands UN 'Apologize' for Demanding Soldier's Release

The UN 'owes an apology to Palestinians' for demanding the return of presumed-kidnapped IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, Hamas claims.
By Shlomo Pitrikovsky, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/4/2014, 9:01 AM

Hamas terrorists parade rocket
Hamas terrorists parade rocket
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Hamas officials called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to "formally apologize before the Palestinian people" for "accepting Israel's version of events" regarding their breaking a humanitarian ceasefire on Friday, claiming that the fact that IDF soldier Hadar Goldin (hy"d) was killed and not abducted proves that Israel lied to international community on being attacked by Hamas. 

Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Sami Abu-Zuhri, called Ban a "partner in slaughter" to Israel in his remarks and demanded an apology. 

On Friday, the group violated a 72-hour ceasefire shortly after it went into effect, killing two IDF soldiers and kidnapping Hadar Goldin, who was declared dead by the IDF on Saturday night.

Hamas has continually attempted to deny its role in events, however, insisting Saturday and Sunday that Israel attacked or "provoked" the attack.

“Israel fooled the world when it said that the soldier was kidnapped," Sami Abu-Zuhri claimed Sunday. "It used the opportunity to violate the cease-fire and conduct a massacre in Rafah.”

The claim is unsupported by facts on the ground, after international reporters in Gaza noted that chaos broke out on the Hamas side less than 90 minutes after the ceasefire was declared at 8:00 am Friday.