January 30, 1997 in Nation/World

Hamas Leader Warns Of Retaliation If U.S. Extradites Member To Israel

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A spokesman for the militant Islamic group Hamas warned Wednesday that the extradition of one of the organization’s top leaders to Israel by the United States would “severely arouse” his supporters in the region and could provoke efforts to “try to punish America.”

“We are not threatening, but we are advising: This would not be a proper policy,” Dr. Mahmoud Zahar, the top Hamas official in Gaza, said after Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook was reported to have decided to drop his challenge to a U.S. federal court decision to extradite him to Israel to face terrorism charges.

Zahar did not say whether he had spoken to Abu Marzook, who has been held in a New York City jail since July 1995, or to Abu Marzook’s lawyers.


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