Hamas Commemorates 25th Anniversary
Hamas is Palestine's democratically elected government.
by Stephen Lendman
On Friday, Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Khaled Meshal arrived in Gaza. It was his first time in Palestine in decades.
At age 11, his family fled after Israel's Six Day War. In 1975, he returned briefly.
On arrival, he was joyously welcomed. Tight security accompanied him. He entered through Egypt's Rafah crossing. Symbolically, he kissed the soil and prayed. His stay is short. He'll remain 48 hours.
After leaving Damascus, he's spent most of his time in Qatar. On arrival he said:
"Gaza, with its martyrs, cannot be described in words." He spoke with tears in his eyes. "There are no words to describe Gaza, to describe the heroes, the martyrs, the blood, the mothers who lost sons."
"I consider this moment my third birth, and I pray to God that my fourth birth will be the moment when all of Palestine is liberated."
His second birth was when he survived Israel's 1997 assassination attempt. He was in Jordan at the time. Mossad agents sprayed poison in his ear. Amman got Israel to provide the antidote in time. It saved his life.
He came to commemorate Hamas' 25th anniversary. On Saturday, hundreds of thousands massed in Gaza City's Kateba Square. They came to celebrate. Meshal, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and other Hamas officials joined them.
A Fatah delegation came. Hundreds of Arab and other country representatives also attended. Saturday was a day to celebrate. Liberating struggles resume Sunday. Reconciliation with Fatah is prioritized. Israel will go all-out to prevent it.
Meshal addressed Gazans, saying:
"Resistance is the means not the end. For 64 years we have tried all other options but to no avail. There is no victory without resistance."
"Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on an inch of the land."