Daily reports detail Israeli abuses. Palestinian activists are imprisoned lawlessly, tortured, and detained indefinitely. Nonviolent protesters are attacked with tear gas, rubber bullets, stun grenades, and at times live fire.
Pre-dawn incursions terrorize Palestinian communities regularly. Soldiers target nonviolent men, women and children. They're arrested, brutalized and detained. Gaza's bombed days on end. Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal accused Israel of turning Gaza into a test laboratory for new weapons, including illegal ones.
He also said fabricated excuses are used to launch preemptive attacks. Civilians are targeted like resistance fighters. On Friday, Netanyahu warned Gazans to stop retaliatory strikes or face expanded IDF operations.
<blockquote>"We will strike at whoever intends to harm our citizens," he said.
Ultranationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said:
"As long as Hamas is in control of the Gaza Strip, there is no chance that we will agree to a safe passage, or unsafe passage, or elevated passage, or underground passage or any passage whatsoever. The Palestinians have condemned themselves to a separation right now that looks like it will continue for generations."</blockquote>
On Thursday, Hamas political leader Mahmoud Zahar spoke for others, saying resistance is strong, solid, ongoing, and determined to continue defending Palestine until liberation's achieved.
He also thanked Iran for its "strong support....without expecting anything in return." Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbhar Salehi said Tehran fully supports their liberating struggle.
<blockquote>He added that "the Islamic awakening and the developments in the Middle East and northern Africa are boosting the resistance in Palestine, and weakening the Zionist occupation."</blockquote>
He strongly denounced Israel's aggression, and said supporting Palestinians and their resistance is essential to assure Palestine one day is liberated.
In 1977, John Pilger titled his documentary "Palestine Is Still the Issue." Thirty-five years later it still is. It's one of the world's great injustices. What changed then and continued is that Palestinians fought back.
Without armies, tanks or planes, they're committed to end Israel's ruthless occupation with or without outside help. Pilger's film was about people struggling to be free. It's the oldest human struggle.
Those in it are societies' most courageous. Palestinians are some of the best and most long-suffering. They deserve our support and then some!
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