August 22, 2005
Hamas Proclaims Victory, Promises to Destroy IsraelTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
In a public relations campaign launched in the Palestinian Authority, the Hamas terror organization is claiming victory over Israel's withdrawal and promises to terrorize Haifa and Tel Aviv until Israel is defeated and Palestine restored to the Arabs. They are taking credit for the Israeli withdrawal, saying that Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip defeated by the "resistance," not as the result of "useless negotiations."
Excerpts from the Hamas victory campaign(via MIM), which appear below, were translated by the Intelligence and Information Center at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S.)
(...) if [the Gaza Strip's] sea, land and air sovereignty were not handed over to the Palestinians, "the resistance" would continue [in the Strip as well].Here are some examples of the posters (all images via MilitantIslamMonitor.Org)
(...) the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip was not the final step.
(...) the movement was waiting for Egypt's answer to Hamas' request to open an office in Cairo (A-Sharq Il-Awsat, August 18, 2005).
(...) Radio Al-Aqsa, Hamas' radio station, continued broadcasting crude hate-mongering songs inciting terrorism and violence against Israel, and songs praising and encouraging members of the Izzadine al-Qassam Battalions, the terrorist-operative wing of the organization. On August 18, with the sounds of explosions in the background, an announcer stated: "We will be victorious over Sharon, and you will realize that tomorrow with the help of Allah. The Izzadine al-Qassam Battalions will make you tremble in Haifa, in Tel Aviv. They will strike you in Safed, in Acre.
(...) Hamas will leave Gaza and break out throughout Palestine to show the way of jihad, which will bring our nation to its summit. Oh sons of Zion, the defeat you suffered in Gaza is just the beginning..."
(...) While the PA was announcing a campaign to clean the city of Gaza , dozens of Hamas operatives led by spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri spread through Palestine Square in the Gaza City center and hung up large, colored Hamas posters.
(...) The site offers many posters, including some which are anti-Semitic in nature, praising Hamas as a victor, portraying the IDF as humiliated and touting the continuation of the "struggle" to destroy the State of Israel.
For all this Israel voluntarily withdrew from GAZA, expecting the Palestinians to mature as a nation and grow in peace? Islamists think only of hate and violence, never peace. To think otherwise is to invite more violence, death, and mayhem.
Posted by Richard at August 22, 2005 10:02 PM
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