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Reaction to Bin Laden killing exposes Hamas

MUCH of the world welcomed the death of Osama bin Laden who orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, killing about 3,000 people. Yet there was a voice to be heard condemning his demise.

That was the voice of Hamas, the Iranian-backed terrorist group, which also calls for the destruction of Israel and has fired 328 rockets and mortars at innocent Israeli civilians so far this year. The acting prime minister of Gaza, Ismael Haniyeh, referred to Bin Laden as a "spiritual leader" and to an "American policy of oppression and bloodshed in the Muslim and Arab World."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his killing a "resounding victory for justice, freedom and the common values of all democracies that are resolutely fighting shoulder to shoulder against terrorism".

When will people wake up and recognise that Hamas is a terrorist organisation with the sole objective of destroying Israel? I await the day when the UN approves a motion condemning Hamas rather than Israel.

Lee Caplin

Terenure, Dublin 6

Irish Independent