Egyptian Film Star: Hamas Is to Blame

[Jerusalem Post] Khaled Abu Toameh - The Arab world's most prominent comedian and movie star, Egyptian actor Adel Imam, has expressed understanding for Israel's military operation in Gaza. Imam, 68, a longtime outspoken critic of Islamic fundamentalism, lashed out at Egyptians who have been demonstrating against Israel's war on Hamas, saying that calls for general strikes in solidarity with the Palestinians "harmed our economy." Imam blamed Hamas for the violence, pointing out that the Egyptian leadership had warned the Islamist movement against an impending Israeli military operation. "Hamas ignored our warnings and chose to lead an asymmetrical war," Imam said. "It's preferable for Hamas to stop [the rocket attacks]. They should have known that Israel wasn't going to receive the attacks with roses."

2009-01-08 06:00:00

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