The Israeli genocide of innocent Palestinians continues. The world is watching it and doing nothing to stop it. (Photo: www.islamiccentre.ie)

The Israeli genocide of innocent Palestinians continues. The world is watching it and doing nothing to stop it. (Photo: http://www.islamiccentre.ie)


by Syarif Hidayat

What we are witnessing in Gaza, Palestine right now is the Zionist forces are committing extreme aggression and genocide against poorly defended Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza. The Zionist war machines can go anywhere in Gaza without facing equal or substantial armed defenders.

The Zionists war planes can also fly anywhere in the Gaza airspace freely hunting for Palestinian freedom fighters without being afraid of being hit by anti-aircraft guns because Palestinians have no radars and nor air defense system. They also don’t have tanks, armored vehicles and the other modern weaponry to counter the Israeli military might.

“What [Palestinians] are [saying] is that how can the world accept the Israelis targeting civilians including old men, women, children and babies in an area which is completely shut off? There are no shelters, no early warning systems, no sirens. The population is basically completely naked to the enormously strong Zionist Israeli military machine.”

The Zionists are Devils Forces

THE ZIONISTS ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS AND THE DEVILS FORCES!:The Zionists are terrorizing and torturing Palestinians as well as committing Genocide against the Palestinians, creating Palestinian Holocaust, stealing their lands and properties as well as destroying their homes on daily basis with the US full support (financially, economically, politically and militarily) to the tune of three to five billion dollars a year, while at the same time, they continue to complain to the world especially the Washington regime and the US-led western regimes — their captive markets for their propaganda stuffs — that the Palestinians are terrorists!

A Deadly and Murderous Society

THE ZIONIST ENTITY IS A DEADLY AND MURDEROUS SOCIETY!: “Though it is certain that there is no ethnic or racial continuum between the Biblical Israelites and the Khazarians who lead the Jewish state and its army, the similarities between the murderous enthusiasm described in Deuteronomy and the current string of Israeli lethal actions cannot be denied. Israel is a murderous society not because of any biological or racial lineage with its imaginary ‘forefathers’. Israel is deadly because it is driven by a fanatical tribal Jewish ideology and fueled by a psychotic merciless Biblical poisonous enthusiasm.” – Gilad Atzmon, an Anti-Zionist Israeli activist.

The aggressive nature of the Zionist entity

‘Israel sabotages every peace effort’: Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightist allies “want no agreement and no settlement.

‘Israel sabotages every peace effort’: Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightist allies “want no agreement and no settlement.

Samir Hamdi in his article titled “An understanding of the aggressive nature of the Zionist entity” published in Middle East Monitor (MEM) Friday, 18 July 2014, wrote The crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinian people and the most recent terrorist attacks currently targeting the Gaza Strip are not surprising, but were actually consistent with Israel’s nature and in line with the intellect and vision it issues.

The behaviour of Israel is the result of a series of ideological distortions, revivalist opinions, and colonial interests that have been combined together in one pot and then re-synthesised in a manner that allows for the creation of a political distortion that spearheads the imperialist project in the Arab region. What are the theoretical foundations on which Israel is established? How can its intellectual and political form be described, and what are the conditions that surrounded its establishment and helped it continue in a land that continuously rejects it?

Political Zionism (separate from religious Zionist, which believes that the return to the Promised Land is not an act determined by mankind, but that they will return when and how the Lord decides) is a result of what was known in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries as the Jewish problem. This was the purge of the European bourgeois who exploited the Jewish people by means of historical accumulation (the image of an unethical exploiter), using them to form a functional group in order to serve the imperialist expansion project. (See the definition of functional group as defined by Dr Abdel Wahab El-Messiri in The encyclopaedia of Jews, Judaism and Zionism).

Marx also wrote about this trend in his book On the Jewish Question, in which he said Judaism continues to exist not in spite of history, but owing to history, and the bourgeois society constantly begot Judaism from the depths of themselves. He also said that this problem has no other source than the forms of contradiction that dominate the capitalist society, or bourgeois, and that, for example, what is known as anti-Semitism is only one type of oppression experienced by these communities.

Due to the fact that the bourgeoisie cannot solve the Jewish question in a fair manner, and “because the essence of Judaism was realised in the bourgeois society, and the bourgeois society cannot convince the Jews of the fictitious nature of their religious essence, which is nothing but the ideal concept that is a practical necessity” the capitalist governments and their imperialist extensions, utilised these outcast religious groups, at the time, to serve their interests.

When Marx wrote about the Jewish question, he was not thinking of Jews in their religious capacity, but as a functional individual; a human that is completely one with their function and has lost their humanity, dealing with others, as tools (a source of profit, a source of pleasure) thus disregarding their humanity. With this in mind, we can understand the establishment of Israel in the following image:

First, this state is a human surplus sent by Europe to Palestine. Europe supported this surplus, armed them, and gave it the necessary military and political cover to carry out its forceful settlement function in service of the large imperialist project.

Second, Palestine was chosen due to its significant strategic location and due to the geopolitical role the state emerging from there can play in harming the Arab Liberation Movement, as well as the mobilisation capabilities that Palestine can provide (due to its symbolism and significance) in recruiting the target groups (Jewish groups).

Thirdly, due to Western support, specifically American support, the Jewish state plays a role in serving the colonial project militarily and strategically, acting as a tool that can be used outside the international legal system to serve the interests of the West, in a manner that eliminates any political or moral embarrassment for the latter.

Benjamin Netanyahu Looks Like Adolf Hitler.

Benjamin Netanyahu Looks Like Adolf Hitler.

Based on these grounds, we can understand the nature of this state and characterise it as follows:

-The state established on Palestinian land is not a homogeneous society with a clear identity that is governed by a normal system. Instead, it is a settlement bloc with an undetermined nature, and this perhaps explains its insistence on Palestinian recognition of what it calls a “Jewish state”.

-The ill-defined nature of the Zionist state explains why its political system is devoid of a constitution until now and has no clear geographical borders.
-The different human groups that make up the Zionist state co-exist on the basis of common interests and by taking advantage of the generous support coming from the United States and Europe. This is reflected in the state’s alleged links to the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organisation, something we do not find in any other normal state in the world.

-We cannot describe the political system of the Zionist state as a democracy, although it claims to be so, because the co-existence amongst the different groups inhabiting the state is a result of a game of common interests and benefiting from the services provided by international sponsors. Therefore, perhaps we can say this is similar to the coexistence of mafia gangs, which divide the influential areas in the scope of one state.

-The violating settlement nature of the Zionist state makes it, in principle, non-negotiable and will not give anything up by negotiation because it was established on the principle of slaughtering and displacing the indigenous people and then brining groups of settlers to settle instead of the indigenous people.

-The Zionist state is a form of political distortion that affects colonised communities as a result of conflicting interests of the colonisers and their desire to continue their influence (like the apartheid regime in South Africa, or the case of the Pied-Noirs (Black feet) in Algeria before its independence).
-The Zionist state is living in a state of permanent panic reflected by the constant militarisation of its society and its quick resort to violence against Palestinians first, and then against anyone sympathising with them (the killing of Rachel Corrie and the attack on the Freedom Flotilla, for example), as well as its refusal to abide by international laws and humanitarian principles, because it is originally the product of inhumane and illegal conflicts.

According to the aforementioned information, we can confirm that the Zionist state is aware that its survival is dependent on its functionality, and that its continuation is linked to playing the role of a rogue against all laws and principles, because, ultimately, it cannot act like a natural political system. This explains why the more the people of the world become aware of its colonial nature (by means of the work of civil society organisations, human rights bodies, and national political parties), the more it feels its time is coming to an end and the closer its liquidation and abandonment is. At that point, its fate will be the same as the colonial racist settlement groups that had come before; there are only two possibilities, either they merge into the majority indigenous population (the whites in South Africa) or go back to their original homelands (the settlers of Algeria). In the end, Zionism remains a historical phenomenon subject to the laws of social mobility, which means its demise will come sooner or later. (Translated from Al-Araby Al-Jadid, 18 July, 2014)

The idea-Israel is defending from unprovoked attacks is absurd

Israeli regime is using a “strange toxic gas” against Palestinians in its offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip, medics say.

Israeli regime is using a “strange toxic gas” against Palestinians in its offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip, medics say.

Seumas Milne in his article titled “Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises” published in The Guardian, Wednesday 16 July 2014, wrote The idea that Israel is defending itself from unprovoked attacks is absurd. Occupied people have the right to resist.
For the third time in five years, the world’s fourth largest military power has launched a full-scale armed onslaught on one of its most deprived and overcrowded territories. Since Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip began, just over a week ago, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed. Nearly 80% of the dead are civilians, over 20% of them children.

Around 1,400 have been wounded and 1,255 Palestinian homes destroyed. So far, Palestinian fire has killed one Israeli on the other side of the barrier that makes blockaded Gaza the world’s largest open-air prison. But instead of demanding a halt to Israel’s campaign of collective punishment against what is still illegally occupied territory, the western powers have blamed the victims for fighting back. If it weren’t for Hamas’s rockets fired out of Gaza’s giant holding pen, they insist, all of this bloodletting would end.

“No country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Barack Obama declared, echoed by a mostly pliant media. Perhaps it’s scarcely surprising that states which have themselves invaded and occupied a string of Arab and Muslim countries in the past decade should take the side of another occupier they fund and arm to the hilt. But the idea that Israel is responding to a hail of rockets out of a clear blue sky takes “narrative framing” beyond the realm of fantasy. In fact, after the deal that ended Israel’s last assault on Gaza in 2012, rocketing from Gaza fell to its lowest level for 12 years.

The latest violence is supposed to have been triggered by the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, for which Hamas denied responsibility. But its origin clearly lies in the collapse of US-sponsored negotiations for a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the spring. That was followed by the formation of a “national reconciliation” government by the Fatah and Hamas movements, whose division has been a mainstay of Israeli and US policy. Israeli incursions and killings were then stepped up, including attacks on Palestinian civilians by armed West Bank settlers. In May, two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead by the Israeli army with barely a flicker of interest outside the country.

It’s now clear the Israeli government knew from the start that its own kidnapped teenagers had been killed within hours. But the news was suppressed while a #BringBackOurBoys campaign was drummed up and a sweeping crackdown launched against Hamas throughout the West Bank. Over 500 activists were arrested and more than half a dozen killed – along with a Palestinian teenager burned to death by settlers. Binyamin Netanyahu’s aim was evidently to signal that whatever deal Hamas had signed with Mahmoud Abbas would never be accepted by Israel.

Gaza had nothing to do with the kidnapping, but Israeli attacks were also launched on the strip and Hamas activists killed. It was those killings and the West Bank campaign that led to Hamas resuming its rocket attacks – and in turn to Israel’s devastating bombardment. Hamas is now blamed for refusing to accept a ceasefire plan cooked up by Netanyahu and his ally, the Egyptian President Sisi, who overthrew Hamas’s sister organisation the Muslim Brotherhood last year and has since tightened the eight-year siege of Gaza.

But having already suffered so much, many Gazans believe no further truce should be agreed without the lifting of the illegal blockade which has reduced the strip to hunger and beggary and effectively imprisoned its population. As the independent Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghouti puts it, the Egyptian proposal was a “game” Israel will now use to escalate the war. Some sense of what can now be expected was given by the Israeli reserve major general Oren Shachor, who explained: “If we kill their families, that will frighten them.”

The idea that Israel is defending itself against unprovoked attacks from outside its borders is an absurdity. Despite Israel’s withdrawal of settlements and bases in 2005, Gaza remains occupied both in reality and international law, its border, coastal waters, resources, airspace and power supply controlled by Israel.

So the Palestinians of Gaza are an occupied people, like those in the West Bank, who have the right to resist, by force if they choose – though not deliberately to target civilians. But Israel does not have a right of self-defence over territories it illegally occupies – it has an obligation to withdraw. That occupation, underpinned by the US and its allies, is now entering its 48th year. Most of the 1.8 million Palestinians enduring continuous bombardment in Gaza are themselves refugees or their descendants, who were driven out or fled from cities such as Jaffa 66 years ago when Israel was established.

It can’t seriously be argued that Israel’s refusal to withdraw from the rump of the territory on which the United Nations voted to establish a Palestinian state in 1947 is because of rocket fire. It was after all during the period of quiescence over the past year that the Israeli government rejected the US plan for even a figleaf of a two-state solution – and stepped up illegal colonisation. As Netanyahu made clear this week, there cannot be “any agreement in which we relinquish security control” of the West Bank.

So we’re left with a one-state solution, operated on ethnically segregated apartheid-style lines, in which a large section of the population has no say in who rules over them, indefinitely. But it’s folly to imagine that this shameful injustice will continue without an escalating cost for those who enforce it. Palestinian resistance is often criticised as futile given the grotesque power imbalance between the two sides. But Hamas, which attracts support more for its defiance than its Islamism, has been strengthened by the events of the past week, as it has shown it can hit back across Israel – while Abbas, dependent on an imploded “peace process”, has been weakened still further.

The conflict’s eruptions are certainly coming thicker and faster. Despite heroic Israeli efforts to fix the narrative, global opinion has never been more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. But the brutal reality is that there will be no end to Israel’s occupation until Palestinians and their supporters are able to raise its price to the occupier, in one way or another – and change the balance of power on the ground.

The resistance will not surrender…

The resistance will not surrender... we will be victorious or die.

The resistance will not surrender… we will be victorious or die.

Dr Ahmed Yousef in his article titled “The resistance will not surrender… we will be victorious or die” published in Middle East Monitor (MEMO) Thursday, 17 July 2014, wrote The blatant aggression against the Gaza Strip we are witnessing affects anyone who has a heart, as Israel’s destruction and barbarism are unprecedented and worse than any I have seen in my life. The horror of today’s attacks is incomparable with any of the raids and wars against the Gaza Strip over the past 50 years.

The bombing raids being carried out by Israeli warplanes on the Gaza Strip, as well as the missiles being launched on the homes and farms of innocent civilians, are the latest by the “death industry” of the rogue state. With the war crimes it has committed, as well as its international law and human rights law violations, Israel has gone beyond any international condemnations, reactions and denouncements issued against its non-stop aggression. The latest of such condemnations by the UN were stated in the Goldstone Report after Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009.

If this is the sad aspect of the human suffering of the Palestinians, then the bright side of the people’s steadfastness and resistance in this battle with the occupier has been highlighted in a level of deterrence and retaliation we haven’t seen before. The resistance has shown its engineering and planning strength and its capabilities, in stark comparison to the surrounding countries. The Palestinian resistance, Islamic and national factions alike, have demonstrated that they are the glory, dignity and pride for all of us. Those who underestimated and sometimes mocked the resistance must apologise for the blood of our honourable martyrs and the wounded, as well as our brave prisoners and all of those who made the effort to prepare for this historical battle with the occupation.

I once heard Ahmed Jabari, the military commander of the Qassam Brigades, may God rest his soul, explain in one of the movement’s meetings before Israel’s 2012 war against us exactly how prepared the fighters were and the resistance potential in terms of armament and military capabilities. “We have now accomplished 80 per cent of what we wanted and, God willing, we will have the rest of our military equipment in the next stage,” he insisted. His words now have important connotations and significance. Jabari and his colleagues excelled in their preparations for the battle. Today, in the field, we are witnessing the embodiment of what was promised: “We are patient in war, and true in meeting the enemy.”

During its preparation period that followed 2012’s “Operation Pillars of Cloud”, and the signing of the ceasefire agreement, and now in the armed conflict currently being fought, the resistance has demonstrated its intelligence gathering skills and fight-or-flight responses. We have reached the stage whereby, “if you are hurting, they are hurting just as you are”. The time when Israel could attack us without any cost to itself is long gone; the blood is coming from the same wound.

Today we bear witness that the Palestinian resistance groups have raised the status of this nation and restored some of the people’s wounded prestige. Everyone at all levels and in all groups is cheering for the resistance and hopes that the fighters will not lay down their arms before they have achieved victory and changed the equation of the truce and the blockade. We are not asking for impossible conditions, just the minimum that preserve our right to live in freedom and dignity.

Our people are sick of being in a state of humiliation, poverty and begging for a living. In the past, they said, “Life under humiliation is hell”; we now say, “We are far from humiliation.” Netanyahu must understand that the Qassam and Al-Quds Brigades, as well as the Mujahedeen, Al-Aqsa and Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades are now laying down the law, and that the blood of the Palestinians is not a card that can be played by the extremist Zionists in their struggle for power and rule in Israel. They must also know that they will not enjoy security, safety, comfort and stability while our people are suffering from the occupation and the siege.

If today the Palestinian resistance rockets are reaching and intimidating all Israeli cities and towns, and the warning sirens are heard from Sederot to Nahariya; Yad Mordechai in the south to Ashdod, Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Haifa in the north; then in the near future, the resistance will have deterrence weapons that will challenge all Israeli accounts and concerns.

War on Gaza: facts and memories

Throughout all the wars I’ve witnessed since my childhood, and I am over sixty years old, I have never seen such pride, courage, confidence and bravery as what we are witnessing today, especially since we are living under non-stop Israeli raids, with shelling from artillery and warships around the clock. Even more dangerous than this, not a night goes by without a bloody massacre claiming the lives of women and children, in addition to the barbaric occupation policy of demolishing homes over the heads of their inhabitants.

In 1956, I was only a six year-old child but I remember the fear and panic in the streets of Rafah following the attack by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip during the tripartite aggression against Egypt. Known by the world as the “Suez Crisis”, in which both Britain and France joined with Israel in the attack, it drove me to leave my house aimlessly, panting behind the masses of people who left the refugee camp to run towards the Mawasi area next to the beach for safety. I witnessed thousands of people trying to get away from buildings which were all prone to being bombed by the Israeli army from the air and land.

I spent three very difficult days away from my family during the Israeli invasion of Rafah city and its overcrowded refugee camp. People were crying and very sad. Family members had been separated due to the hurried evacuation of the camp, and the people suffered for several days without any food or drink, under the open sky, facing threats and death. Everyone returned to the camp when the situation calmed down somewhat, looking for their children and relatives. I was the eldest child in my family so they were doubly worried; I saw the pain etched on their faces.

On 12 November 1956, the Israelis massacred 124 men and boys in the Rafah refugee camp. Known as Al-Amiriyah School Massacre, the victims were herded into the school under the batons of the soldiers. Those who survived the beatings were met with a hail of bullets and the demolition of the building over their heads. The bloodstains stayed on the school walls for years to remind us children of Israel’s crime. It wasn’t until the following March that the Israelis left the camp and we could breathe a sigh of relief.

The greatest catastrophe occurred in 1967, when seven Arab armies were defeated during a military confrontation with Israel which lasted for six days. We found ourselves once again in panic, fear and grief. With the “Naksa” setback, all of our dreams of victory and triumph vanished. After anticipating what we hoped would be a historical moment following the longs years since the 1948 Nakba, we awoke to the nightmare of occupation once more. We feared and prepared for the worst, witnessing numerous massacres and bloodbaths in which the Israeli occupation army violated all sanctities and international laws and norms, committed war crimes, and terrorised innocent civilians. In one massacre, the victims were a group of Egyptian reserve soldiers in one of the UNRWA schools near the Rafah railway station; another was committed by the Israeli occupation army against the family of Fatah leader Abu Ali Shaheen (may God rest his soul) in the Shabura refugee camp, where most of his family members were killed in cold blood.

I witnessed the fear and panic that accompanied such massacres; it was evident in the faces of everyone; children, the elderly, women and even men were all scared. On our way to Egypt to complete our university studies, we witnesses the October 1973 War; the scenario was slightly different. We were, of course, worried at first, and we feared for our families in Gaza, but the tone of talk about the clashes between the Egyptian army and Israel was very different this time. The chants of “Allah is Great” and songs in praise of the Egyptian army gave us confidence that victory was definitely coming, and that it was time for the Arabs to score our first victory against the Israeli army; the Israeli commanders, meanwhile, boasted that their army was unbeatable. Egypt won.

We felt that our hope for the empowerment of our nation and achieving victory was not far-fetched after all; that all that the Arab and Muslim masses were missing was political unity and military cooperation. They also needed a mass movement following the calling of “Allah Is Great”.

With the return of Islamic awareness to the Gaza Strip after thousands of graduates returned from Egyptian universities in the late 1970s, preaching in mosques and institutions led by the Islamic Society and the Islamic University saw the beginning of resistance action against the occupation. The First Intifada broke out in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1987, during which everyone, including the nationalists and Islamists, played an integral leading role which give us confidence in the possibility of rubbing Israel’s nose in the dirt and damaging the army’s prestige. Despite the clear imbalance in the balance of power in terms of preparation and military capabilities, the Palestinian will was there to do something about self-empowerment.

We saw glimpses of pride, dignity and defiance in the faces of the children who threw their stones and we sensed victory. The protests were bold in the face of threats from the Israeli generals. This was the new form of bravery and resistance, during which the children of Palestine lost their fear of the occupation soldiers. In 1988, I was sure beyond the shadow of a doubt that we were facing the generation that will be victorious, and that the occupation was on its way out and we could dream about freedom again.

In 1994, the Palestine Liberation Organisation returned to the homeland and formed what it called the National Authority. The armed conflict of the Aqsa Intifada against the occupation in September 2000 was led competently and effectively by President Yasser Arafat. During this time, the Islamic and national resistance forces played the biggest part in teaching the Israeli enemy a lesson in how to deal with the Palestinians and respect human dignity.

With the martyrdom operations and creative resistance acts, in 2005 Israel and its army had no choice but to withdraw from the Gaza Strip in humiliation. The freedom that the territory gained after this allowed the resistance to expand. It was stressed that the adoption of jihad and resistance is not just an option, but a strategy we intend to use in order to achieve liberation and return.

With Hamas’s victory in the January 2006 elections and its formation of the Palestinian government, the work of the resistance factions grew stronger. A major achievement was the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and a subsequent exchange of prisoners. The resistance also fought two bloody wars in response to Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in December 2008-January 2009, as well as November 2012. Despite serious civilian casualties, including women and children, the resistance was able to remain steadfast and maintained its heroic position, teaching the occupation a lesson in sacrifice and redemption.

Although the destruction was massive, affecting human beings, animals and trees in the Gaza Strip, the morale of the Palestinians who experienced both wars in Gaza was high; they felt like victors because the occupation did not achieve its objectives and left humiliated with the collective tail between its legs.

The latest attack on Gaza

In the battle that we have been witnessing since Tuesday 7 July, many are asking what has changed since November 2012. What prompted the Israelis to provoke a new war after it has been proven time and time again that the “winning point” will go to the Palestinian resistance? The Israeli military, with all of its capabilities, will not win on the battlefield because military confrontations are based on tactics and perseverance as well as surprise plans and capabilities, and not merely having superior military equipment.

In the 1960s, France lost the battle for Algeria after an occupation that lasted 132 years and despite its great military superiority in comparison to the modest capabilities of the FLN fighters. The US super-power was defeated by the Vietcong in the 1970s, and the world witnessed the miserable fall of the Soviet Union in the early nineties, after the Red Army’s supplies and morale ran low in Afghanistan in its battle against the mujahedeen in the 1980s.

In October 1983, I visited Afghanistan for a media mission, and I heard from the leaders of the mujahedeen there, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, and Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, that the Soviet invaders would be defeated, that their kingdom would be fragmented and that their prestige would disappear within a decade; that is exactly what happened and the Afghan mujahedeen achieved a great victory.

We learn from history that battles may be won by those with military superiority, but the struggle of the people to gain freedom and independence is what usually achieves victory in the long run. The day has come when the Palestinians have the courage, capabilities, willpower and patience to challenge and fight the enemy; they are able to do what all the Arab armies have failed to do to the Israeli army; and resistance rockets have reached all of Israel’s cities and towns, from the north to the south and to everyone’s great surprise. This drives us to praise the brave resistance and its men.

Since the first hours of the Israeli attack on Gaza, many of the leaders and members of Fatah, as well as national figures, made contact to commend the military creativity and surprises provided by the resistance in an attempt to defend the dignity of the Palestinians. I was pleased that many participated in the martyrs’ funerals. Others expressed their willingness to take up arms alongside their Hamas brothers; I would like to share one of the letters that I received from one of their leaders in Khan Younis, who wrote: “We praise your jihadist ingenuity and great sacrifices. We send all of our love, greetings and support for your distinguished position in the Al-Quds battle. We will work hand in hand towards a liberated Palestine.” The days of fighting the occupier have provided a chance to sit down and talk and renew our vow to work together for the sake of Palestine.

Blessed are those who have met God as martyrs in defence of the nation and the dignity of its people. May all pride and glory go to those who are stationed on the frontlines and the mujahedeen fighting on the battlefield. Our motto is: “Being keen on death will bring you life.” The great Libyan mujahid Omar Al-Mukhtar said, “I believe in my right to freedom, and my country’s right to life, and this belief is stronger than any weapon.”

Today we say this firmly and with confidence, the resistance will prevail and its flag will be raised high in spite of Netanyahu, his right-wing extremist government and his military commanders. We will return to our homes in Palestine and repair the rift between Palestinian factions and will rejoice in the achievements we made for our nation. (Translated from Al-Sharq newspaper, 16 July, 2014) (HSH)




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