Hamas Condemns Charlie Hebdo Attack, Doesn't Mention Kosher Supermarket

Islamist Palestinian group rejects comments by PM Netanyahu that compared between the attack and Hamas' firing rockets at Israel.

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Palestinian members of the Qassam brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, take part in a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City, December 14, 2014.
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Hamas denounced Saturday the attack on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where two Islamist militants killed 12 people on Wednesday, AFP reported.

The statement cited by AFP did not mention the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, in which four people were killed by another Islamist terrorist, which took place a two days after the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Hamas "condemns the attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine and insists on the fact that differences of opinion and thought cannot justify murder," the Palestinian Islamist group said in a statement, AFP reported.

Hamas also dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments, in which he drew a line between the attacks and Hamas' targeting of Israeli civilians with rocket warfare from the Gaza Strip.

"Hamas condemns the desperate attempts by ... Netanyahu to make a connection between our movement and the resistance of our people on the one hand and global terrorism on the other," the statement said, AFP reported.

On Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, saying in a telegram to French President Francois Hollande that Palestine "strongly condemned and deplored the heinous crime that is in contradiction of religion and morality," the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

A rally in solidarity with France, called for the Palestinian Liberation Organization, will be held in Ramallah in the West Bank on Sunday.

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