September 14, 2005.
The Hamas vows to liberate Haifa and Jaffa from the hands of its “Zionist
occupiers,” terror leader Mahmoud al-Zahar told tens of thousands of excited
Palestinians at a Gaza Strip rally Tuesday.
“We will win in Jerusalem and in Palestine, the whole of Palestine,”
al-Zahar said as the crowds cheered. During the event, participants yelled
out “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and chanted in support of Izz al-Din
al-Qassam, Hamas’ military wing, calling on the group to continue the
liberation operation and refuse to disarm.
Tuesday’s rally marked the climax of several other parades and rallies held
by the terror group in the past two days.
The rally was led by dozens of jeeps carrying gunmen, rockets, and
while Islamic militant songs calling for liberating the whole of Palestine
Al-Zahar, who was the keynote speaker, said the victory was achieved thanks
to the blood of assassinated Hamas leaders Ahmed Yassin, Abdul Aziz Rantisi,
and other martyrs.
“We know our people is expecting us to continue the liberation journey,
until the flag of Islam is raised over Jerusalem,” he said.
The terror leader also said his movement would not agree to disarm, despite
“This is the weapon we used to crush the heads of the Zionist enemies.
This weapon is at the service of the people and homeland – we won’t use it
against anyone, but it must be in our hands because Jerusalem awaits us,” he
“The Zionist enemy knows no other languages aside from the language of fire
directed on him by the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades,” he said. “We’ll
continue to develop our arms industry.”
Al-Zahar’s remarks came several hours after Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas, in a televised speech, vowed to end the weapons anarchy in the PA.
The Hamas leader added that according to his group’s strategy, “this land
should not have any Zionists in it,” and said the Palestinian people and his
movement would never renounce the right of refugees to return to Palestine.
“If we cannot complete the victory, we’ll hand over the flag of the
continued struggle to our sons, who will complete the journey,” he said.