Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh praised Husaam al-Tawil’s service to Palestine at the church ceremony in Gaza City.
Al-Tawil died in Egypt on Wednesday after a long battle with poor health.
He was elected to the PLC in 2005 as an independent candidate, but with the support of Hamas. Al-Tawil was also the secretary-general of the council of Arab Orthodox Churches.
“These are very sad moments,” Haniyeh said at the funeral. “We lost a national leader and a human being who was loved by all.”
“His honesty was demonstrated through his election by both Muslims and Christians, when he took more than 54,000 votes,” the prime minister said.
Haniyeh applauded al-Tawil for his commitment to ending the division between Hamas and its secular West Bank rivals, Fatah, calling him “one of reconciliation’s most important advocates.”