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I Was Hoping to Get a Flat Denial From You': The One Question Wolf Blitzer Couldn't Get Hamas Spokesman to Answer


"Well, Wolf, let me answer that freely. Don't cut me, because it's very, very, very important to be clarified."

A Hamas spokesman on Monday refused to deny comments he appeared to recently make on a Palestinian network, in which he said that "Jews used to slaughter Christians in order to mix their blood with their holy matzos."

"Is that — is that your belief, Mr. (Osama) Hamdan?" CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked.

"Well, Wolf, let me answer that freely. Don't cut me, because it's very, very, very important to be clarified," Hamdan said.

The Hamas spokesman then accused Blitzer of "misusing the words."

"I've said in the same -- in the same occasion, that we don't have a problem with the Jews as Palestinians and as Muslims, we don't have problems with Jews," Hamdan said. "The Jews lives in the Arab region."

That answer didn't quell Blitzer who played Hamdan's previous remarks back for him.

"I just want to be specific and just answer the question," Blitzer said. "And maybe I'll remind you what you said."

The Hamas spokesman continued to avoid the question.

"You have — you have to ask that for the church which claims that, you know," Hamdan responded. "This is the fact. You cut the words — not you, the Israelis. And memory, they cut the facts and they start this propaganda to say that they are innocent. They want to cover the genocide which is happening in Gaza now."

"I was hoping to get a flat denial from you that you would utter such a — such, you know, ridiculous words that Jews would kill Christians in order to use their blood—" Wolf said, attempting to end the segment.

"Wolf, Wolf, you have — Wolf, you have to be fair. You can't end that. I must end that, because you asked me and I want to answer," Hamdan said. "This was said by everyone. I was saying they — they are part of what was being said."

"He has to deny what he write about the Palestinians, about the genocide against the Palestinians, which he called for, which he suggested to," the Hamas spokesman concluded.

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