The head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniya, accompanied by a senior delegation, visited the Orthodox Church in Gaza to congratulate the Orthodox Christians on the New Year.
Haniya stressed that the Muslims and Christians in Palestine maintain rock-solid relations.
The top Hamas leader expressed his complete solidarity with all Christians across Palestine, especially in Jerusalem, who fight off the ongoing Israeli attempts to judaize and usurp their holy sites.
Haniya rejected any political proposal targeting the Islamic and Christian holy sites, noting that such plans would not obliterate Palestine’s genuine identity.
The Hamas chief hoped for restoring the national unity on the basis of true partnership, reiterating his movement’s commitment to achieving national reconciliation.
A group of Palestinian icons accompanied Hanyia in his visit including, the head of Shari’a Judiciary Council Hassan al-Jojo, the member of Hamas Political Bureau Mohammed al-Jemasi, and Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhom, along with Hamas leaders Ismail Ridwan, Basim Naim, Taher al-Nunu, Mahmoud Mirdawi, and Walid Abu Nassar.