Nasheed Defends Hamas, Calls for Immediate End to Israel’s Attacks

MV+ News Desk | November 20, 2023
Photo: People’s Majlis

Former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, known for his close ties to the West, has spoken out in defense of Hamas, a group fighting for Palestinian independence. 

Nasheed addressed the issue during a debate on a resolution condemning Israel’s actions, highlighting the longstanding challenge of finding a resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


Nasheed argued that the issue traces back to the aftermath of World War II and the UN’s efforts to bring peace to the region, pointing out historical decisions that, in his view, contributed to ongoing injustices.

Nasheed strongly criticized Israel’s military actions, describing them as inhuman, and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Nasheed expressed his solidarity with Palestine, emphasising the urgency of ending the conflict.

Nasheed also voiced concerns about the lack of consensus in the West regarding a ceasefire, noting the continued discussions against such measures in Western legislatures.

Additionally, Nasheed challenged Israel’s justifications for its military operations in Gaza, particularly its claims of targeting Hamas. He disputed allegations that Gaza’s largest hospital, Al Shifa, housed a Hamas command center, emphasising the need for accurate information.

Despite Western perceptions of Hamas as a terrorist organisation, Nasheed described the group as fighting for Palestinian independence, rejecting the possibility of eliminating or destroying it. He underscored the broader significance of the Palestinian struggle, characterising it as a fight for humanity.

Nasheed criticized efforts by Arab countries to strengthen ties with Israel while isolating Hamas globally, deeming it a significant error. He maintained that excluding Hamas would hinder the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, advocating for bringing both nations together for a sustainable coexistence.

In concluding his remarks, Nasheed expressed his hopes for the success of the Palestinian people and reiterated his commitment to advocating for their freedom. The former president emphasised the need for an approach to resolving the complex and longstanding conflict in the region.