Sunday 28 December 2008

Hamas Urges New Intifada; We Kneel Only before Allah

Hamas politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal called Saturday on Palestinians to wage a new intifada against Israeli occupation, including a return to martyrdom operations.

In an interview on Al-Jazeera television, Mashaal said: "We called for a military intifada against the enemy. Resistance will continue through martyrdom operations." "I call upon you (Palestinians) to carry out a third intifada," Mashaal said.

Mashaal pledged Hamas would respond to Israel's operation in Gaza that killed over 225 Palestinians and injured over 700 others. "The time when you were the ones to control the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is over," he said, and vowed that "Gaza will soon be liberated" despite Israel's military superiority.

He also warned Israel that it would not achieve by fighting what it had not been able to achieve through diplomacy.

Mashaal defended the resistance group's actions and continued rocket attacks on the occupied territories, saying Israel - and not Hamas - was responsible for the renewed bloodshed.

Moreover, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared that Gaza would never cave to Israeli pressure, no matter how great. "We will not leave our land, we will not raise white flags and we kneel only before Allah," he said.

"There is blood everywhere, there are wounded and martyrs in every house and in every street. Gaza today was decorated by blood ... There can be more martyrs and there can be more wounded but Gaza will never be broken and will never surrender," Haniyeh said.

In a statement broadcast by the Hamas-owned Gaza-based television channel, Al-Aqsa, Haniyeh said: "Palestine has never witnessed an uglier massacre."

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