May 15, 2019 16:44 UTC
  • Resistance fighters never give up weapons, never normalize with Israel: Hamas

The Palestinian Hamas movement has described its resistance fighters’ weapons as a red line, strongly denouncing attempts by a number of Arab states and Persian Gulf kingdoms to normalize diplomatic relations with the Israeli regime after years of clandestine contacts.

Hamas, in a statement released on Wednesday in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the Nakba Day categorically rejected all projects aimed at the liquidation of the Palestinian cause or undermining the rights of the Palestinian people, in particular US President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, dubbed “Deal of the Century”.

The rallies were organized to mark Nakba Day -- or the Day of Catastrophe --the anniversary of the day when, back in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly evicted from their homeland and Israel proclaimed existence.

Speaking in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on April 16, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh lashed out at Trump’s initiative, asserting that it was “born dead.”

Shtayyeh noted that negotiations with the US were useless in the wake of the country’s relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds, which Palestinians consider the capital city of their future state.

Hamas also called upon the Palestinian people to resist the Tel Aviv regime’s occupation by all means, primarily armed resistance, which is a strategic option to protect the Palestinian nation and restore their rights.

“The weapons at the hands of resistance fighters are a red line, and our people are entitled to work on their development. The process of managing the resistance front falls within the framework of countering the Israeli occupation in a way that disrupts the Tel Aviv regime’s equations and guarantees the Palestinian nation’s interests,” the Palestinian resistance movement pointed out.

The statement also roundly dismissed all forms of political, cultural and commercial normalization with Israel.

“Such attempts amount to a stab in the back of the Palestinian nation and a violation of their rights. They also encourage the Israeli enemy to commit more crimes and violations against our people and holy sites (in occupied lands),” it read.

Hamas finally called for a mass and effective participation in all events marking the Nakba Day as well as anti-occupation protests along the fence separating the besieged coastal enclave and the Israeli-occupied territories.

Palestinians have held weekly rallies along the Gaza border to protest the siege on the enclave and demand the right for refugees to return to their homes they fled during the 1948 creation of Israel.

More than 270 Palestinians have been martyred by Israeli forces ever since anti-occupation protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2018. Over 16,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.

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