Monday, February 17, 2014
Hamas: The Palestinians have the right to resist occupation by all means
Al Qassam website- Gaza- The Hamas Movement said the Palestinian people have the right to resist the Israeli occupation by all available means, describing the Israeli accusation that held it responsible for the popular protests east of Gaza as "ridiculous."
"The occupation's claim about the Hamas Movement's responsibility for the popular demonstrations in the eastern areas of the Strip is ludicrous and does not affect the Movement," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated in press remarks to the Palestinian information center (PIC) on Saturday.
"Our people are under occupation and have the right to resist the occupation by all means possible," Abu Zuhri underlined.
The spokesman accused the Israeli army of not respecting the truce and its terms, and preventing the farmers from approaching their lands inside the so-called buffer zone, which is actually inside Gaza.
He stressed that the citizens have the right to reach their lands according to what has been stated by the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement, not to mention that they have a natural right to access their own property.
The Egyptian ceasefire agreement of 2012 demanded Israel to abolish its buffer zone, which extends along the security fence, but it is located inside Gaza and not in the Israeli-controlled areas behind the fence.
The spokesman asserted that the Israeli occupation is the party which always starts escalating the situation in Gaza, emphasizing the Palestinians' right to protect and defend themselves against Israel's aggression and violations.
A senior Israeli officer calling himself the commander of the southern region accused Hamas of being responsible for what he labelled as violent protests taking place every week near the perimeter fence along Gaza borderline.
17 Palestinian citizens had suffered bullet injuries on Friday afternoon when Israeli soldiers attacked a small peaceful rally protesting the buffer zone imposed on Palestinian-owned lands in Gaza.