The resistance movement of Hamas has said that “former Israeli president Shimon Peres was a war criminal and died without facing international justice for the crimes he had committed against humanity.

Commenting on the death of Peres, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem called for efforts to bring Israeli war criminal to international justice and not giving them any chance to escape punishment.

He further denounced Peres as one of the Israeli leaders who founded the Israeli occupation regime which has displaced millions of Palestinians from their homeland.

Sami Anu Zuri, a spokesman to the resistance movement told AFP that “the Palestinian people are happy at the death of this criminal.”

“Shimon Peres was one of the last Israeli founders of occupation. His death marks the end of an era in the history of the Israeli occupation,” he added.

This is while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hailed Peres as a “brave” partner for peace and sent his family condolences over his death, according to Wafa, the official PA news agency.

Peres has been lauded in Israel and Western countries as a peacemaker, however, Palestinians see him very differently. They refer to his involvement in successive Arab-Israeli wars and the occupation of Palestinian territory.

The former Israeli president was also prime minister of the Zionist regime in 1996 when at least 100 civilians were killed at a UN peacekeeper’s base when the Israeli military shelled the compound.