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The Jews will soon be expelled from Palestine that same way they were kicked out by France, Britain, Belgium, Russia and Germany, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said over the weekend.
“The only nation that received the Jews after they were expelled was the Islamic nation, which protected them and looked after them,” Zahar said in a speech in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip over the weekend.
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“But they have no place here amongst us because of their crimes. They will soon be expelled from here and we will pray at the Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem].”
Zahar claimed that Jews were expelled in the past “because they betrayed, stole and corrupted these countries.”
Zahar called for unity with Fatah as representatives of the two parties
prepare to hold another round of reconciliation talks in the Syrian
capital of Damascus this week.
“Let’s join ranks and speak in one voice,” Zahar said in his appeal to
Fatah. “Together, with blood, we could liberate our lands and holy
sites. You have tasted the bitterness of arbitrary negotiations.” He
said that Hamas was making “big efforts” to ensure the success of
reconciliation talks with Fatah.
Meanwhile, Ramadan Shallah, leader of Islamic Jihad, called on
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to step down for
abandoning the armed struggle against Israel. Shallah was speaking in
Damascus on the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of his group.
“The negotiations [with Israel] have ended and there’s no alternative to
jihad and resistance,” Shallah said. “The present leadership of the
Palestinian Authority is not authorized to negotiate on behalf of the
Palestinians. If Mahmoud Abbas can’t adopt the option of Yasser Arafat,
resistance, we recommend another option which is more honorable: to quit
and sit at home.”
The Islamic Jihad leader said that “Palestine is all ours and we won’t
give up one inch of it. We won’t participate in or accept any settlement
that limits our rights only to the 1967 borders.”
In response, Abbas’s Fatah faction accused Shallah of serving the agenda
of Iran. “We urge Shallah to adopt a constructive approach and not a
destructive one,” said Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf. “Many Arabs and
foreigners have tried to hijack the Palestinians’ independent
decision-making process, but Fatah has preserved all Palestinian
achievements despite internal and external conspiracies.”