Ha­mas: Armed strug­gle against Is­rael will con­tinue

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

Ha­mas said on Satur­day that the “armed strug­gle” against Is­rael will con­tinue be­cause it’s a “strate­gic op­tion to safe­guard the Pales­tinian cause and re­store Pales­tinian na­tional rights.”

In a state­ment on the oc­ca­sion of the 31st an­niver­sary of the erup­tion of the First In­tifada, Ha­mas said that “re­sis­tance was a le­git­i­mate right guar­an­teed by in­ter­na­tional laws and con­ven­tions.”

The In­tifada, Ha­mas said, was a “pop­u­lar and mass rev­o­lu­tion char­ac­ter­ized by the unity of the Pales­tinian so­cial fab­ric, strong fam­ily re­la­tions and in­ter­de­pen­dence.”

It said, “31 years af­ter the erup­tion of the up­ris­ing, which is also known as the stone in­tifada, Pales­tini­ans were still in need of unity, part­ner­ship and the re­con­struc­tion of their na­tional project.”

Ha­mas seized the oc­ca­sion to re­peat its re­jec­tion of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s plan for peace in the Mid­dle East, which is also known as the “deal of the cen­tury.”

The un­seen plan, Ha­mas claimed, is aimed at “liq­ui­dat­ing the Pales­tinian cause and un­der­min­ing the rights of the Pales­tini­ans.”

It also urged Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas to lift the fi­nan­cial sanc­tions he im­posed on the Gaza Strip more than a year ago.

Ha­mas also lashed out at Arab coun­tries for their al­leged nor­mal­iza­tion with Is­rael. “At­tempts at nor­mal­iza­tion with Is­rael are doomed to fail­ure,” the ter­ror­ist group added. “Our peo­ple will stand against those who are pro­mot­ing nor­mal­iza­tion re­gard­less of the sac­ri­fices.”

In the West Bank, Ab­bas’s rul­ing Fatah fac­tion vowed to “con­tinue the strug­gle to end all forms of Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion.”

In a state­ment mark­ing the 31st an­niver­sary of the First In­tifada, Fatah, which did not spec­ify the na­ture of the strug­gle it’s call­ing for, said that the Pales­tini­ans will pur­sue their strug­gle with “greater de­ter­mi­na­tion un­til the right of re­turn for refugees is achieved, as well as the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and the es­tab­lish­ment of an “in­de­pen­dent and sov­er­eign Pales­tinian state on the 1967 bor­ders with East Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal.”

Ac­cord­ing to Fatah, the Pales­tini­ans have been fight­ing against the “Zion­ist project and its haz­ards for more than 100 years.”

The group voiced full sup­port for Ab­bas in his re­jec­tion of the “deal of the cen­tury” and Trump’s de­ci­sion to rec­og­nize Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal and move the US Em­bassy there from Tel Aviv.

Fatah called on Ha­mas to end its “black coup” and “re­pug­nant schism” in the Gaza Strip.

Pales­tinian unity, Fatah added, is the Pales­tini­ans’ “ef­fec­tive tool to de­feat the Zion­ist project and oc­cu­pa­tion.”

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