Hamas, Fatah Reject Appeal for "Peaceful" Intifada

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Hamas and Fatah's Aksa Martyrs Brigades have rejected an appeal by a group of prominent Palestinians for a "peaceful" intifada and vowed to step up their attacks against Israel. "The only option our people possess...is that of resistance, jihad, and martyrdom," said a statement issued by the Aksa Martyrs Brigades. The Fatah group called on the Palestinians who signed the appeal "to return to the righteous path and to backtrack from their call to put an end to the armed intifada - a call which serves the interests of the Zionist enemy." "The consensus among the Palestinian people is that the resistance and jihad should continue until we achieve freedom and the occupation leaves all our land," said Muhammad Ghazal, a senior Hamas operative in the West Bank. Addressing a pro-Hamas rally in Ramallah by phone from Damascus, Khaled Mashal, head of the movement's political bureau, said the Palestinians will continue the armed struggle against Israel.

2004-03-29 00:00:00

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