Ahmed Jabari (1960 - 2012)
Israel murdered him in cold blood.
by Stephen Lendman
On November 15, thousands in Gaza City residents mourned Jabari's assassination. Israel murdered him the previous day in cold blood.
Score another victory for occupation harshness. Add one to the column of Israeli crimes against humanity. Volumes are needed to list them. Israel lives by the sword of injustice. One day perhaps it will perish for its villainy.
Hamas officials and Qassam Brigades leaders stayed away from Jabari's funeral for their safety. They're marked men. IDF spokesman General Yoav Mordechai said, "Were I a Hamas operative, I would opt to shelter underground."
Mourners carried Jabari's body ritualistically. Others fired guns in the air chanting, "You have won."
London Telegraph writer Phoebe Greenwood said Gazans called his assassination "the straw that's broken the camel's back. The people are saying that 'we don't care. We want all our men to fight. We've got nothing to lose now.' "
Gaza is in "emergency mode." People are angry and defiant. The London Independent headlined "Massed Israeli troops poised for invasion of Gaza," saying:
"Military sources told The Independent that a ground invasion was 'a distinct possibility.' The army has deployed extra infantry units near the Gaza border, halted major exercises, cancelled soldiers' leave and mobilized some reserve forces."
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine ( PFLP ) and its military wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigade, mourns Jabari's death. They called him a martyred liberating struggle "great leader."
They promised greater resistance. They called for Palestinian unity and solidarity against a common enemy. PFLP's Political Bureau spokesman said:
"The crime committed by the Zionist gangs by assassinating martyr commander Ahmed Jabari represents a new crime against our people, and confirms beyond any doubt that we are facing an aggressive, racist terrorist entity that does not understand anything but the language of confrontation and resistance."
They promised Israel would pay a heavy price. Its crime won't go unpunished.
Jabari was born in 1960 in Gaza City's Shujaiyya neighborhood. His family was activist. He earned a BA degree in history at Gaza's Islamic University.
Earlier he allied with Fatah. In 1982, he was imprisoned for 13 years. He joined the Muslim Brotherhood before Hamas was established.