Territories: new identity cards without religion

Mahmoud Abbas criticized by Hamas, surrendering to U.S.

17 February, 14:37

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)

    (ANSAmed) - JERUSALEM - The decision taken by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) not to mention the religious confession in new Palestinian identity cards has been criticized. The announcement, the Maan news agency reported Monday, came from Deputy Interior Minister Hassan Alawi, who said the new ID papers will be issued as of this month. From Gaza, Hamas said PNA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) ''has surrendered to US demands''.
    Alawi explained that the decision stems from a concern to guarantee equal treatment to all Palestinians, regardless of their religion.
    Palestinians are mainly Sunni Muslims though in the West Bank, Maan reports, the Christian minority makes up 10% of the population. There are also hundreds of Samaritans, a religious confession close to Judaism.
    But President Abu Mazen's initiative has raised the immediate opposition of Hamas which said the decision was taken ''amid the trips of US Secretary of State John Kerry''.
    In particular, Hamas fears this will pave the way for a future Palestinian state including as citizens Israeli settlers currently living in the West Bank. (ANSAmed)

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